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iOS 12.4 released: Walkie-Talkie back online, plus there’s a surprise

iOS 12.4 released: Walkie-Talkie back online, plus there’s a surprise

Apple has released iOS 12.4, improving iPhone migration as well as re-enabling the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch with watchOS 5.3. The update is available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch users today, and ends a week of offline functionality for Walkie-Talkie, after it was found to suffer a potential eavesdropping bug.

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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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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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Apple Watch 4 how to videos introduce key new features

Apple Watch 4 how to videos introduce key new features

Although it has barely changed its design, the Apple Watch Series 4 has managed to retain the device’s crown as the best smartwatch thanks to new features, both hardware as well as the latest watchOS update. But in case you feel lost on how to use those features both new and old, Apple has released a few short video clips to get your familiar with how to best maximize your talented yet also pricey new smartwatch.

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The Apple Watch ECG app is my heart’s new best friend

The Apple Watch ECG app is my heart’s new best friend

The Apple Watch ECG app has landed, and the good news is that while my British heart may be cold, it's at least not showing signs of atrial fibrillation. Landing as a part of watchOS 5.1.2, the new heart health monitoring app was a key part of the Apple Watch Series 4 promise back when the latest-gen wearable was announced earlier in the year.

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watchOS 5.1 update pulled by Apple after major problems surface

watchOS 5.1 update pulled by Apple after major problems surface

Generally speaking, applying a new software update to one of your expensive devices isn't usually a major risk. There's always the potential for bugs, of course, but those aren't normally severe. Every once in a while, however, a software update comes around and causes major problems for end users, and unfortunately, some Apple Watch users are being reminded of this ugly side of software today.

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Audible on Apple Watch lets your read books without your iPhone

Audible on Apple Watch lets your read books without your iPhone

Some people say they don’t have time to sit down to read a book, be it a real one or even a digital copy. But rather than let that keep them from devouring tons of literary works, not a few people have flocked to listening to books instead. Audible, the now Amazon-owned service, is probably the most popular source for such audio content and it’s now giving you one less excuse to “read books” by letting you listen on your Apple Watch, which or without your iPhone nearby.

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Apple Watch Series 4 hands-on: Simply mesmerizing

Apple Watch Series 4 hands-on: Simply mesmerizing

With the Apple Watch Series 4, it's a little like Apple took a sizable slice of OLED screen and then allowed it to melt, gently slumping, across the curved coverglass of its fourth-generation wearable. Little prepares you for just how beautifully integrated the new, 30-percent larger screen of the updated smartwatch is.

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Apple Watch Series 4 revealed officially: Features, Release Date, Price

Apple Watch Series 4 revealed officially: Features, Release Date, Price

Today Apple revealed the Apple Watch Series 4 in all its big display-toting glory. This new watch takes the better bits of the previous model and makes them bigger and better in three specific areas: connectivity, fitness, and health. And it's got a bigger screen, to boot.

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