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.
Earlier this week, Apple has deployed security updates for its operating systems, in order to deliver a fix for a message bug that causes mobile apps to shut down when trying to render a specific Indian symbol. This bug was discovered just a week ago, and it mostly affects iOS apps that can display characters, including popular services such as Facebook, Twitter, Messages, and even Instagram. What happened was that when an app tries to display a certain Indian character in the Telugu language, that app proceeds to crash and even become inaccessible by Apple users.
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 recent reports, Apple is apparently planning to release an LTE edition of its one and only smartwatch offering, the Apple Watch. If this turns out to be true, the tech giant will have basically liberated the wearable device from being dependent on the iPhone for connectivity.
Apart from formally introducing its latest iPhone models, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, to the world, Apple also took the opportunity to announce its latest generation smartwatch offering, the Apple Watch Series 2. The newest Apple Watch devices generally look the same as the first generation models (now called the Apple Watch Series 1), but they do come with upgrades not visible to the eye.
Apple is certainly feeling generous with its software updates very recently. Indeed, the tech giant has decided to roll out the third beta for the next major version of its iOS, macOS, watchOS, and even tvOS operating systems. Obviously, getting them all will require a load of megabytes, but know that the third developer betas come with fixes for bugs as well as tweaks on new functionalities. If anything else, this should serve as a good warm up for the real thing, which is expected to launch later in the autumn season.
Almost a week ago, Apple had already started sending out invitations for an event scheduled at 10 AM PT on Monday, March 21st of this year, to be held at the company’s headquarters located in the city of Cupertino in the state of California. Teasingly, the invitation features the words “Let us loop you in.”
No doubt, Apple fans are already peeing their pants in excitement, but for the benefit of those not closely following the iPhone maker’s every action, here is what you can expect at said upcoming March 21st event.
The Apple Watch is considered the most popular smartwatch in the world right now, and has contributed so much in making more casual consumers aware that smartwatches, among other wearable devices, can be cool. But there are still those who are reluctant to buy even the most celebrated of all smartwatches, maybe because they find the Apple Watch inadequate, or maybe because they’d prefer waiting for the tech to further develop.
Apple is officially rolling out iOS 9.1, the first major update of the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 9, which debuted last month. With iOS 9.1, Apple is bringing in several new features and enhancements, notably Live Photos (which involves some nifty GIF flourishes). What iOS users will most likely be eager to check out though is the addition of a new set of emoji characters, including one for the middle finger.
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