Amidst some recent excitement brewing over this year’s rumored upcoming new generation Apple Watch model, not many people may realize that a number of well known mobile apps have been disappearing from watchOS (Apple’s operating system for wearable devices) during the last few months.
And just this week, one of the most high profile social media apps out there, Instagram, has joined the club, albeit quietly. Indeed, when updating to version 39.0 on iPhone, Apple users may notice that the Instagram app for the Apple Watch is now nowhere to be found when paired with the iPhone.
Once again, noted Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo is making yet another prediction, and this time around, it involves the Apple Watch. According to him, there is a big possibility that Apple will be introducing the Apple Watch Series 4 some time in fall of this year (the onset of the 2018 fall season is in late September).
Google has officially announced just this week that its operating system for wearable devices, Android Wear, will now henceforth be called Wear OS. Many will no doubt notice that the name change involves basically just the removal of the word Android. The tech giant has made it clear that this move is by design, which will be explained shortly.
No doubt due to the steadily increasing popularity of its Apple Watch offering, Apple has surged to the top of the global wearables market, comfortably leading over its rivals, which include former industry leader Fitbit and Chinese tech giant Xiaomi, at least according to new information provided by research firm IDC.
According to new information from Counterpoint Research, Verizon Wireless is comfortably leading the industry when it comes to selling the Apple Watch, specifically during the final quarter of last year.
According to new information from Canalys, it appears that the Apple Watch has surpassed the record previously set by Fitbit, in terms of the total volume of shipments in a single quarter for a wearable device. Back in the holiday season of 2015, Fitbit had shipped 6.1 million units in a three month period. Exactly a couple of years later, Apple’s smartwatch offering has since bettered Fitbit’s record by shipping 8 million units during the final quarter of 2017.
Just this week, Fitbit has announced through its official blog that it is extending support for Pebble services only until the end of June this year. Fitbit had originally planned to end Pebble support until the end of last year, but has since decided to extend the deadline for an additional six months.
Apple’s GymKit has landed for the first time in the North American continent in a gym located right in New York City, the Life Time Athletic at Sky. But the feature is heading to Equinox by next year. GymKit actually has already rolled out in two gyms in the United Kingdom, while in Australia, no less than five gyms already got the feature.
WatchOS 4.1, the newest version of Apple’s operating system for wearable devices, is expected to be rolled out before the start of November. Fans of the iPhone maker’s wearables have every right to be excited -- this latest update comes with loads of new enhancements, including the addition of music streaming over a cell network and Wi-Fi by way of Apple Music and iCloud Music libraries plus a new Radio streaming app (more on these later).
According to the results of Piper Jaffray’s latest survey on the consumer habits of teenagers, 82 percent of teens fully expect their next smartphone to be one made by Apple. Piper Jaffray’s survey also show that 78 percent of those attending high school already own an iPhone device. Moreover, despite the fact that there is only a minority of teen users that own smartwatch devices, those who do are likely to possess an Apple Watch, with 12 percent of the total number of teen smartwatch users owning an Apple Watch.
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