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Apple drops Modern Buckle watch band from US stores

Apple drops Modern Buckle watch band from US stores

When the Apple Watch was first introduced in 2015, it featured several fancy watch band options, like the magnet-based Milanese Loop, or the Modern Buckle, which resembled a traditional buckle-style band but actually used a clasp to close. It appears Apple has unceremoniously killed off the latter, however, as the Modern Buckle has been removed from online stores in the US.

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Apple Watch replaces student ID cards for Alabama students

Apple Watch replaces student ID cards for Alabama students

The University of Alabama has embraced the Apple Watch in a big way: students who own one can use it to replace their student ID card, at least in certain circumstances. The university announced the new change this week, explaining that users can use Apple Watch to access dorms, buy dinner, enter the library, and more.

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Apple Watch to swap physical for virtual buttons says report

Apple Watch to swap physical for virtual buttons says report

Apple plans to change the Apple Watch buttons to touch-sensitive controls, insiders claim, cutting out moving parts and potentially improving battery life of future versions of the smartwatch. The Apple Watch currently has two physical controls: a large button on the side, and the so-called Digital Crown, which both rotates and presses in.

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At WWDC, watchOS 5 paves way to Apple smart glasses

At WWDC, watchOS 5 paves way to Apple smart glasses

Apple's message at WWDC 2018 that we're too attached to our iPhone seems, for a company the fortunes of which are so closely tied to its smartphone, a strange one. From iOS 12's Screen Time tattling on the apps you're most addicted to, to watchOS 5's increasing independence, you'd almost think Apple was having a change of heart after a decade of making iPhones.

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No watchOS 5 for original Apple Watch – even the $17k one

No watchOS 5 for original Apple Watch – even the $17k one

The original Apple Watch is officially in its final days. During its WWDC 2018 keynote today, Apple took the wraps off watchOS 5 and all the great features customers can expect. There's a lot to be excited about -- robust fitness and health tracking, podcasts, and more. However, none of these things will be available on the original Apple Watch, which isn't in the pipeline to get watchOS 5.

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Apple Watch Pride band and watch face launch today

Apple Watch Pride band and watch face launch today

Joining the new watchOS 5 features Apple detailed this afternoon comes a band and watch face for the Apple Watch wearable. The new offerings are being made available today just in time for Pride Month. The new watch face previously leaked late last month, and we'll officially get access to it starting at 3PM ET today.

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watchOS 5 fitness and health features put Fitbit on notice

watchOS 5 fitness and health features put Fitbit on notice

Apple has unveiled watchOS 5 and the new features it will offer, not the least of which are new fitness features. Want to challenge your friends as motivation to keep working out? Apple Watch will let you do that with watchOS 5, the company revealed during its WWDC 2018 keynote today, via an upcoming 7-day competition challenge feature.

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Apple Watch Podcasts app added in watchOS 5

Apple Watch Podcasts app added in watchOS 5

The Apple Watch is getting even more standalone functionality, with Apple adding Podcasts to the smartwatch. It's one of the most frequently requested features, and will be one of the headline additions of watchOS 5 when that arrives on the wrist later in 2018.

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Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie released at last, 4 years later

Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie released at last, 4 years later

When the Apple Watch was first introduced in the year 2014, Apple revealed a Walkie-Talkie feature. That feature never really made it to prime-time. Four years later at WWDC 2018, Apple's re-revealed the Walkie-Talkie feature for Watch OS. This is watchOS 5, if you're keeping count, and it'll be the first place a Walkie-Talkie feature is available in real life on the Apple Watch, for real.

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iOS 12 Siri Shortcuts and Suggestions digs AI into more apps

iOS 12 Siri Shortcuts and Suggestions digs AI into more apps

Siri is getting much deeper integration into third-party apps, with Apple hoping to address criticisms that its virtual assistant just hasn't been as useful as it could have been. Announced at WWDC 2018 today, Shortcuts in SiriKit and the new Shortcuts app promise to make Siri far more responsive and useful, including by learning from how you use your iPhone in everyday life.

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Round Apple Watch could be coming soon based on new patent

Round Apple Watch could be coming soon based on new patent

The Apple Watch might be a great health-centric wearable but, depending on who you ask, it isn't a great fashion item. It's rounded square design might match its other smart products but, as far as watches go, circles almost always win the day. An Apple Watch with a completely round display is not only much-desired, it might also be long overdue. But based on this newly-awarded Apple patent, that time might hopefully be coming soon.

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Wink just killed its Apple Watch app

Wink just killed its Apple Watch app

Wink users relying on the smart home hub to control their automation from their Apple Watch look set to be frustrated, with the functionality being quietly retired. The company confirmed the news in an iOS app update released this afternoon.

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