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watchOS 6 will let Apple Watch owners delete built-in apps

watchOS 6 will let Apple Watch owners delete built-in apps

Pre-installed apps, a.k.a bloatware, is one of the banes of smartphone life. Given its tight control over the out of the box experience, Apple devices are relatively free of "value-added apps" from most OEMs or carriers. That said, Apple does ship with a few utility apps that not all users may find value in. That's true even for Apple Watches but that will soon change when watchOS 6 is released, allowing users to remove some but not all built-in Apple Watch apps.

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Apple Watch gets new faces, Apple apps in watchOS 6

Apple Watch gets new faces, Apple apps in watchOS 6

Independent apps and an Apple Watch App Store aren't the only big things coming to Apple's wearables in watchOS 6. Apple also revealed today that the Apple Watch will be getting five new watch faces along with a feature called "taptic chimes." If that weren't enough, Apple Watch is also set to receive more Apple apps, further making it less dependent on being paired with an iPhone.

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Apple watchOS update tracks menstrual cycles, at last

Apple watchOS update tracks menstrual cycles, at last

At WWDC 2019 Apple spoke about the future of the Health app and associated features on Apple Watch. Dr. Sumbul Desai stood onstage speaking about watchOS 6, and how they'll soon introduce Activity Trends for users. With this system, users will be able to see how they move and when they move in a more grand pattern than ever before - not least of all with a newly revealed Cycle Tracking feature.

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Apple Watch independent apps cut out the iPhone

Apple Watch independent apps cut out the iPhone

As rumored in the lead up to WWDC 2019, Apple revealed today that big changes are coming to the Apple Watch in watchOS 6. As it is now, apps that run on the Apple Watch need a companion app on iPhone as well. That's all about to change, as Apple Watch will soon be able to run apps independently of the iPhone it's paired with.

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Pokemon GO will lose Apple Watch support on July 1

Pokemon GO will lose Apple Watch support on July 1

Niantic Labs, the company behind Pokemon GO, has quietly revealed plans to end the game's support for Apple's wearable. The news was recently found in a support document on the Pokemon GO website, where Niantic says it will end the game's Apple Watch support on July 1. As of that date, Pokemon GO players will no longer be able to connect the game to their smartwatch.

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Apple’s WWDC 2019 will be a feature-fest: iOS and macOS updates leaked

Apple’s WWDC 2019 will be a feature-fest: iOS and macOS updates leaked

WWDC 2019 is on the horizon, and though it isn't going to shock anyone to hear that Apple is planning to announce some software upgrades at the show, today we're learning just how extensive those upgrades could be. As it turns out, Apple is looking at making a lot of improvements to its existing apps and operating systems, and the list of changes on tap for iOS is particularly long.

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Wear OS slips as Huawei overtakes Fossil, Apple Watch still top dog

Wear OS slips as Huawei overtakes Fossil, Apple Watch still top dog

Now that non-iPad tablets are practically gone, the next tech market that is being eyed with uncertainty is the smartwatch segment. Straddling the fine line between fitness tracker and smartphone, many aren't able to make heads or tails of what smartwatches should really be. The good news for players in this field is that a recent study shows that the market grew by 48% since last year. The bad news for Google is that it is barely part of that growth.

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macOS 10.15 will let Apple Watch do more than just unlock Macs

macOS 10.15 will let Apple Watch do more than just unlock Macs

Biometrics-based security systems, be it fingerprints or faces, is the trend in computing these days but not all devices are equipped with such sensors. That's especially true for desktop and even for the majority of laptops in the market. Apple has equipped some of its MacBooks with Touch IDs but that still leaves out most of the computers that it offers. Come macOS 10.15, however, that might not be an urgent need, that is if you have an Apple Watch on your wrist.

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Apple Watch 4 ECG is already saving lives in Europe

Apple Watch 4 ECG is already saving lives in Europe

The Apple Watch series 4 launched with the world's first ECG monitor in a smartwatch. However, it wasn't widely available outside the US since Apple still had to acquire permissions from various countries. Last week, it finally rolled it out to parts of Europe and Hong Kong and, in just the span of a few days, it has already turned a doubter into a believer after saving his life.

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Apple Watch battery swelling has finally lead to a lawsuit

Apple Watch battery swelling has finally lead to a lawsuit

It seems that Apple continues to have battery headaches but this time it isn't about iPhones. You'd think that considering their size, Apple Watch batteries would have very little problems other than having to be recharged every day. It turns out, however, that some have experienced potential safety hazards due to swollen Apple Watch batteries and they are now taking Apple to court for allegedly knowing about the problem and still pushing through with sales of the wearable device.

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Apple Watch 4 ECG app now available in Europe and Hong Kong

Apple Watch 4 ECG app now available in Europe and Hong Kong

The Apple Watch saves lives, as numerous anecdotes have repeatedly proven. And that was back when the smartwatch just had the basic set of sensors like a heart rate monitor. The Apple Watch 4 significantly stepped up Apple's efforts to corner a niche market but its limited availability meant it couldn't really do much for users outside the US. Now that the Apple Watch 4 has been certified, it's now possible to make use of its ECG sensor in 19 countries across Europe as well as in Hong Kong.

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These are Apple’s Spring 2019 iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands

These are Apple’s Spring 2019 iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands

Apple doesn't just have new AirPods to go with your iPhone and Apple Watch today: there's also a range of new cases, straps, and bands for Spring 2019. The new line-up of accessories includes most of the different styles of Apple Watch band we've seen before, including Hermès and Nike versions, while there are some fairly striking colors for your iPhone, too.

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