iOS 10.3 brings support for Verizon Wi-Fi Calling on other iCloud-connected devices

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2017

U.S. wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have supported Wi-Fi Calling for some time now, with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile also supporting Wi-Fi Calling on other iCloud-connected devices like iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch and Mac. According to user reports on MacRumors’ forums, iOS 10.3 beta 1 supports Integrated Calling on Verizon.

With this handy feature, compatible iCloud-signed devices can make and receive calls using your carrier’s account even when your iPhone isn’t nearby. Read More

 

watchOS 3.2 changelog suggests Theater Mode coming to Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 24, 2017

Apple this morning launched first developer betas of iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4, but the company has yet to officially post a developer-focused preview of watchOS 3.2. However, the official changelog meant to accompany watchOS 3.2 beta 1 is live on Apple’s servers, suggesting a rumored Theater Mode that Sonny Dickson said would launch in iOS 10 may be coming to Apple Watch instead. And what’s Theater Mode all about? Read More

 

Apple releases iOS 10.2.1, watchOS 3.1.3, tvOS 10.1.1, and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 with bug fixes and improvements

By Cody Lee on Jan 23, 2017

Apple on Monday released several updates for its various platforms. iOS 10.2.1 is out for iPhones and iPads, tvOS 10.1.1 for fourth-gen Apple TVs, watchOS 3.1.3 for Apple Watches, and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 for Macs. All of the updates can be installed via their respective OTA mechanisms, or you can grab the standalone packages from our Downloads page. Read More

 

Apple Watch popup store in Paris shuts down

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017

From the onset, Apple was pushing Apple Watch as a fashion device and set up popup stores in high-profile department stores like Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Selfridges in London and Isetan in Tokyo. With the second-generation Apple Watch, fashion was de-emphasized in favor of the fitness and health aspects of the device.

As a result, Apple began shuttering these stores-within-stores which mostly promoted Apple Watch Edition models anyway. After closing the popup shop in London, the Parisian one has now closed due to poor sales. The Galeries Lafayette outlet is no longer listed on Apple’s Retail website in France. Read More

 

iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 support QZSS, Japanese GPS-like positioning system

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

Apple has refreshed technical specifications for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on its Japanese website to reflect that the latest handsets support Quasi Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), a Japanese GPS-like satellite positioning service nicknamed “Michibiki,” as first reported by the Japanese blog Mac Otakara. Read More

 

Stanford University to hand up to 1,000 Apple Watch devices for new healthcare program

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

Stanford University has launched a new program that offers faculty members and instructors up to a thousand Apple Watches to investigate how the device can be used to advance healthcare. In addition to providing Apple’s smartwatch, the center will award $10,000 to the winning project for one year, starting in April. Read More

 

Twelve South’s ActionSleeve puts Apple Watch in a better spot for some sporting activities

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 17, 2017

Twelve South recently released their new Apple Watch-oriented armband called the ActionSleeve, which relocates the Apple Watch to the upper arm for certain activities, such as rigorous sports, where the wrist isn’t the ideal place to have it.

In this review, we’ll talk about the ActionSleeve’s build quality, comfort, and usability, as well as where you can get your own. Read More

 

Want podcasts on your Apple Watch? There’s finally an app for that

By Steffen Reich on Jan 16, 2017

The ability to store and play podcasts on Apple Watch is one of many features advocated for regarding future watchOS updates, but so far it has fallen on deaf ears at Apple. With the cries for podcasts on Watch slowly reaching fever pitch, developers have taken matters into their own hands and released a fully functional podcast app that enables the transfer of your favorite subscriptions from iPhone to Apple Watch.

The app goes by the name WatchPlayer and (while moody at times) gives a solid account of itself, effectively beating Apple to the punch in the podcast race. Find out below how the data transfer is realized, where it trumps Apple’s stock apps and what areas of WatchPlayer could do with some attention. Read More

 

How to pair your Bluetooth headphones or speakers with your Apple Watch

By Steffen Reich on Jan 16, 2017

At iDB we strive to offer a comprehensive and deep catalogue of tutorials for readers of all skill levels, which is the reason why a brief workshop on pairing your wireless earbuds or external Bluetooth speakers is still in order. If you are already well-versed in this procedure, more power to you. You can probably sit this exercise out.

However if you are new to Apple Watch or have recently managed to grab your first cord free headset, these are the steps that get you ready to jam out to the music stored right on your wrist: Read More

 

New fitness-focused Apple Watch ad challenges you to close your Activity rings

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 14, 2017

Apple’s official YouTube channel was refreshed Saturday with a new advertisement for Apple Watch Series 2, challenging viewers to close their Activity rings by moving more, having some exercise and standing up every 50 minutes for a bit. The firm also shared three new ads for AirPods today, highlighting such features as Siri integration, seamless Bluetooth pairing on Apple gadgets via the W1 chip and more. Read More