Apple Watch Series 2

New betas of iOS 10.2.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.3, watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 now available

Apple today released new OS betas to its registered developers. iOS 10.2.1 beta 3 (build 14D23), macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 3 (build 16D25a), watchOS 3.1.3 beta 2 (build 14S959) and tvOS 10.1.1 beta 2 (build 14U711) are now available for testing to the members of Apple Developer Program.

The latest builds can be installed over-the-air via the Software Update mechanism on devices that have an appropriate configuration profile installed on them.

The new builds have arrived nearly three weeks after a second beta of iOS 10.2.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 released to registered developers.

How to check if your Mac supports Auto Unlock

macOS Sierra debuted a new feature called Auto Unlock that lets you get into your Mac without typing your account password simply by wearing a passcode-protected Apple Watch. With Auto Unlock, you just wake up your Mac and if it senses you’re nearby and wearing your watch, it’ll log you in automatically. Yes, it just works!

Auto Unlock imposes certain hardware pre-requisites in terms of modern Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chipsets. Here’s how you can quickly check if your Mac supports Auto Unlock.

Apple Watch pinging wearers of new Activity achievement launching tomorrow

Apple recently challenged Apple Watch wearers in the United States to bag a special Thanksgiving Day fitness achievement and now it’s doing the same with a brand new achievement launching tomorrow in the Activity app. As MacRumors notes, the notification is currently being pushed to Apple Watch owners.

It informs users of a new achievement, aptly titled Ring in The New Year, that challenges them to close all three Activity rings each day for an entire week in January in order to earn the new virtual medal.

Apple Watch Series 2 holiday campaign continues with 9-second Go Swim ad

Apple on Thursday shared a new and very, very short television commercial for the latest Apple Watch Series 2 wearable device via its YouTube channel.

Titled “Go Swim” and running just nine seconds long, the latest commercial highlights Apple Watch Series 2’s water resistance and features the song “Evil Twin” by Krrum. Give it a quick watch and let us know how you liked it in the comment section.

Apple posts two new ”Go” ads for Apple Watch Series 2

“Go” concept of latest Apple Watch ads has worked out well for Apple because the company just posted a pair of new commercials for Apple Watch Series 2 on its YouTube channel. Titled “Go Ride” and “Go Surf,” the 30-second videos highlight water resistance and position the wrist-worn device as the perfect companion for cyclists and surfers. Check them out and let us know how you liked them.

watchOS 3.1.1 disables Lock feature in Control Center—here are four workarounds

Don’t bother trying to lock your Apple Watch by tapping a dedicated Lock button in Control Center!

That’s because watchOS 3.1.1 update (currently pulled over bricking complaints) has killed that button. It’s not a bug—the feature disappeared from Control Center in the first beta of watchOS 3.1.1.

I’m unsure as to why Apple has tweaked how manual unlocking works, but am certainly not a fan of the change. Actually, I’ve felt so ticked off by this apparent “feature” of watchOS 3.1.1 that I’ve decided to come up with a few workaround solutions for those of us who manually lock our watches before going to sleep.

watchOS 3.1.1 released with latest Unicode 9.0 emoji, changeable skin tones, bug fixes & more

Happy updates day, everyone! Apple is today unleashing a barrage of updates for its software platforms, starting with a feature-packed iOS 10.2 release and tvOS 10.1 with support for Single Sign-On, Apple’s new “TV” app and more. Also available today: watchOS 3.1.1, a minor release with bug fixes, performance improvements and support for more than a hundred new Unicode 9.0 emoji which are also available in iOS 10.2 and via the upcoming macOS 10.12.2 software update.

Check out new Christmas ads for Apple Watch Series 2

Apple’s United Kingdom branch today shared a pair of new ads via its dedicated UK YouTube channel.

The two television commercials run fifteen seconds long each and promote Apple Watch Series 2 ahead of Christmas. Titled “Go Play” and “Go Run,” positioning Apple’s latest GPS-equipped watch as the perfect assistant for a healthier life and the perfect fitness companion. Check them out and let us know what you think in the comments.

Map your runs accurately without iPhone in Runkeeper’s latest Apple Watch update

If you own an Apple Watch Series 2, you can leave your iPhone at home the next time you go on a run with Runkeeper as the app’s just been updated with full support for the built-in GPS on the Apple Watch Series 2. Runkeeper’s refreshed experience also includes new active metrics with charts for target pace and heart rate.

Runkeeper is a free download from the App Store.

Apple releases beta 4 of iOS 10.2, watchOS 3.1.1 & macOS Sierra 10.12.2 to developers

Apple on Cyber Monday seeded new beta downloads to its registered developers who are enrolled in the Apple Developer Program. If you’re a developer, iOS 10.2 beta 4 (build 14C82), watchOS 3.1.1 beta 4 (build 14S879) and macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta 4 (build 16C53a) are now readily available as standalone downloads through the company’s portal for developers or as over-the-air downloads on devices with a prior beta and an appropriate configuration profile.