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Apple Watch may soon be able to detect panic attacks before they happen

Apple Watch may soon be able to detect panic attacks before they happen

Apple may be gearing up to add new functionality to its wearable, building upon its existing heart features. According to a new leak, Apple is preparing to release a new watchOS feature that will enable the next-generation Apple Watch to detect when the wearer is about to experience a panic attack, an extreme form of anxiety that can be mistaken for a heart attack by sufferers who are caught off guard.

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iOS 13.5 will automatically share your Medical ID in an emergency call

iOS 13.5 will automatically share your Medical ID in an emergency call

Apple has more or less created and naturally cornered a market that combines mobile technology with health and medical services. Going beyond the Apple Watch and its life-saving features, the company has been integrating medical information in both iOS and watchOS. This integration goes a long way in saving lives when the user himself or herself becomes too unresponsive to give first responders critical details. An upcoming feature will even send that data to medical personnel to advise them even before they reach you.

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Apple Watch kid mode will include modified Activity tracking rings

Apple Watch kid mode will include modified Activity tracking rings

For all the Apple Watch's popularity, the company hasn't made any effort to appeal to a wider audience, specifically kids. That doesn't stop the young ones from wanting an Apple Watch, of course, but the systems Apple has built up around the wearable aren't exactly conducive to that use case. That may finally be changing when iOS 14 comes around along with a watchOS 7 with a few new features designed to address exactly that.

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Apple App Store Universal Purchase now available but has a catch for devs

Apple App Store Universal Purchase now available but has a catch for devs

Apple now has a diverse set of platforms ranging from mobile to desktop to even smartwatch. Apps for those naturally take different forms even if the apps come under the same name. From a user's perspective, however, paying for an app on one platform should give access to the same app on other platforms. Previously, that was not the case as App Store didn't have that ability. Apple is now rolling out the Universal Purchase option but some developers might shirk from at least one note about this feature.

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watchOS 7 to bring interesting new watch faces to the Apple Watch

watchOS 7 to bring interesting new watch faces to the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is arguably the most popular smartwatch in the market but that has mostly been due to its health features. Support from third-party app makers is definitely high but first-party Apple features may not always appeal even to Apple Watch fans. Partly personal and partly technical, watchOS faces, the home screens that greet users all the time, have been particularly divisive but it seems that watchOS version 7 will bring quite a few changes that could win the wearable platform more fans.

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New Pandora Apple Watch app released with iPhone-free experience

New Pandora Apple Watch app released with iPhone-free experience

A new version of the Pandora app for Apple Watch was launched that requires no assistance from an iPhone or iPad or smartphone of any sort. This app is what's called a "standalone" app for Apple Watch, meaning Pandora's claim for "on the go" functionality is about as true as it's ever going to get. This app allows music and podcasts to be played on Apple Watch devices right out the gate.

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Apple Watch watchOS 6.1 arrives: AirPods Pro support plus Series 1/2 update

Apple Watch watchOS 6.1 arrives: AirPods Pro support plus Series 1/2 update

Apple has released watchOS 6.1, adding support for the new AirPods Pro, and delivering some excellent news for the earliest-adopters of the smartwatch. Pushed out today, this new version brings watchOS 6 to Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 owners, an impressive feat given that now means almost all generations of the wearable are compatible with the latest software.

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Apple Watch 5 out next month with OLED screen, titanium and ceramic case

Apple Watch 5 out next month with OLED screen, titanium and ceramic case

A lot of attention is naturally given to the upcoming iPhone models, especially considering the rather controversial design change on its back. Fans of Apple's wearable products, however, may have been slightly worried about the lack of rumors on the Apple Watch. Better late than never, those are finally dropping in and, if they are on the mark, this year could see yet another big change for the Apple Watch.

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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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