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Apple releases iOS 14.4.2 and watchOS 7.3.3 – You should install them ASAP

Apple releases iOS 14.4.2 and watchOS 7.3.3 – You should install them ASAP

Apple has released new versions of iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS, and if you have an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch the official advice is that you should update them sooner rather than later. iOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.42, and watchOS 7.3.3 all fix an active vulnerability, Apple says, which it believes has already been exploited.

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Apple Watch prototype with working pre-watchOS 1.0 surfaces

Apple Watch prototype with working pre-watchOS 1.0 surfaces

It's not really a secret that products undergo multiple iterations, some of which hardly look like the finished version that eventually goes on sale. Prototypes are often closely guarded secrets and most get discarded and destroyed, never to be seen by the public's eyes. Once in a while, some do miraculously make it out. As if that alone weren't exceptional enough, the fact that this Apple Watch prototype still has working software makes this sighting even rarer.

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Apple Watch gets cardio fitness notification in watchOS 7.2

Apple Watch gets cardio fitness notification in watchOS 7.2

Although people were initially doubtful and even apprehensive about the purpose smartwatches would play in modern life, the Apple Watch was able to carve out its own niche that its competitors are now trying to catch up with. That niche focuses on monitoring and measuring wearers' health with the need for dedicated, expensive, and bulky medical equipment, and the latest watchOS 7.2 update brings yet another feature that might not be a lifesaver but will hopefully improve lives anyway.

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Apple Fitness+ subscription service now available for iPhone, Apple Watch

Apple Fitness+ subscription service now available for iPhone, Apple Watch

After weeks of buildup from the moment of announcement, Apple Fitness+ was released for several Apple device platforms. This includes iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. The Apple Fitness+ program is included in the Apple One Premier plan alongside Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and 2TB of iCloud storage.

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iPhone and Apple Watch GPS requires reset in recent update

iPhone and Apple Watch GPS requires reset in recent update

This week Apple Support released a note about GPS functionality on the Apple Watch and iPhone with the latest software update to each. This update seems to have created an issue with the pairing of iOS 14.0 and watchOS 7.0, requiring a relatively drastic fix to make it all function as intended. This oddity appeared after updating iPhone to iOS 14 and Apple Watch to watchOS 7 in late September.

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Apple Watch 3 watchOS 7 update causing random reboots

Apple Watch 3 watchOS 7 update causing random reboots

iOS updates in the past years haven't exactly been smooth sailing. In contrast to the earlier days of Apple's mobile platform, updates have been riddled by bugs right from day one, some of them more serious than others. It seems that even Apple Watches are no longer immune to this predicament as owners of the Apple Watch Series 3 have been complaining of random reboots ever since they upgraded to watchOS 7.

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iOS 13.5.1 released for iPhone: Closes latest jailbreak tool

iOS 13.5.1 released for iPhone: Closes latest jailbreak tool

Apple has released iOS 13.5.1, iPadOS 13.5.1, and watchOS 6.2.6, along with the recommendation that iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch owners update their devices sooner rather than later. While devoid of new features, unlike other recent iOS releases, this new iOS 13.5.1 includes "important security updates and is recommended for all users," Apple's release notes suggest.

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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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