Apparently there’s a little iOS bug that could cause any iPhone, iPad and even the Apple Watch to crash or reboot. The cause? A specific line of unicode that looks like random mix of arabic and other characters. This is due to iOS difficulty of rendering them on the notification screen and pranksters are using this to annoy iOS users until an official fix is released.
Microsoft‘s Cortana is jumping off the Microsoft exclusive wagon and is heading straight to iOS and Android. This was just revealed in a video as explained by Redmond’s Joe Belfiore and Cortana will be presented as a “phone companion app” to be some serious competition for Apple’s Siri and Google Now.
The Apple Watch is widely seen as a game changer for wearable device this year. Like the iPhone, it isn’t the first smart watch, but Apple is expected to bring something new to the table which hopefully sets a new standard on how a smart watch should be.
While availability of the Apple Watch is limited only to a handful of countries, we managed to get one from Sydney, Australia just to find out if it is any good. To recap, there are 3 versions available – The Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. For the sake of trying it out, we got the cheapest of the lot, which is the Apple Watch Sport which costs us about RM1,600 (A$579) for the 42mm version.
If you’re wondering how is Apple packaging their wearable device, check out our unboxing after the break.
The Apple Watch as a whole is a refreshing take on the smart watch but it’s nowhere near perfect as it’s still lacking features in certain areas. Similar to the iOS, the Watch OS is still quite basic for it’s first iteration. For example when the iPhone was initially launched it couldn’t even copy and paste which was a point of mockery for the device’s rivals, plus it didn’t even have an AppStore till iOS 2.0 was released.
But this is set to change as a new software update will be teaching the Watch a bunch of new tricks, like Sleep Tracking and Find my Watch. While the security is already pretty decent, it’s getting further bumped up with the Find my Watch feature and possibly a proximity alert for your iPhone should the Watch get out of range.
Apple has been more than ambitious with their Apple Watch, with them crossing into essentially unknown territory in the way of wearable tech.
While we have seen plenty about the watch already, there hasn’t been much details about the screen besides that it’s using a ‘Flexible Retina Display’ . The team behind DisplayMate decided to put the watch’s screen to the test and they’ve found that the Apple Watch Sport actually has a better display than that of the Apple Watch Edition.
Granted the Apple Watch and the Edition are harder to scratch than the Sport due to their sapphire crystal displays which a tougher than normal glass.Unfortunately they reflect about twice as much light as well. Based on their tests, the Apple Watch with sapphire crystal has a reflectance of 8.2 percent which is almost double of that of Ion-X glass. Compared to an iPhone 6 which has a reflectance of 4.6 percent, an Apple Watch essentially reflects 178 perfect of the light reflected by the iPhone 6.
DisplayMate hasn’t tested an Apple Watch Sport that has Ion-X glass but they feel that they would have similar results to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Using sapphire could end up being an issue for smartwatches because the reflected light could impact the display visibility to the point the screen’s own brightness would be compromised and ultimately become difficult to see clearly.
Check out our own impressions about the Apple Watch here.
Remember the incident where an app developer had their app rejected for supporting Pebble’s smart watch? Now Apple has contacted the affected developer and had apologised over the incident. The affected app which now supports both Pebble and Apple Watch has finally gotten approved on the Apple AppStore.
According to Pebble, they are working closely with Apple to prevent such incidents from reoccurring in future. They added that the recent rejections only affected a small number of apps and there are many popular apps like RunKeeper that have been approved without problems. They urged developers to continue making apps and feel free to mention the support for Pebble if it does work as intended. Sounds good? Probably it’s just a case of an overzealous employee at Apple.
Less than a few days since it’s become available to the general public, iFixit once again gets their hands on the gadget for the sole purpose of taking it apart.
UPDATE: Apple says rejection was a mistake. Developers are allowed to support Pebble smart watches.
As the Apple Watch is being shipped out to its customers, the forces at Cupertino appears to be cracking down on apps that play nice with other competing watches. A developer had gotten a rude shock to find their app being rejected for merely mentioning its support for the Pebble Smart Watch.
The affected app, SeaNav US has been around for close to 2 years now and they have been supporting the Pebble Smart Watch all these while. It appears that there’s a new policy to forbid app developers from mentioning any support for other mobile platforms, which is baffling considering Pebble isn’t exactly a competing mobile platform to start with.
From the very same guys who brought you the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge bend test, SquareTrade decided to seriously up the ante by bringing in five phones to be be dropped, bent and dunked to see who comes out on top.
When any new Apple product hits the market a huge wave of third party products usually follows. There’s already one rather dodgy looking one for the Apple Watch called the wipowerband which claims to push your battery life with an embedded 200mAh battery.
The wipowerband’s high density polymer straps supposedly doubles the battery life of the Apple Watch but the data doesn’t have really anything to back it up. Apple would also need to approve the MagSafe charger at the back of the device on top of the wipowerband’s “Inductive tight couple” technology may not meet Apple’s standards.
The wipowerband can be pre-ordered for $89 (About RM 329) for the 38mm case or $99 (RM 366) for the 42mm case and will be available in five striking colours. Lots more third party Apple Watch gadgets are likely to follow soon, but we suggest you give this a pass for something more reliable to roll around.