How the Apple Watch will improve when tracking your health

Dan Moren for Macworld on why Apple’s next core focus will be health, thanks in part to the Apple Watch and some recent acquisitions.

Over the past few decades, Apple has revolutionized the personal computer, the smartphone, and digital music, just to name a few. But the company’s next target might be its biggest yet: human health.

The Apple Watch will someday track your sleep, glucose levels, and more, just like it now counts steps and exercise minutes.

Why Apple’s next killer app is health

Apple rename some Apple Watch models ‘2015 editions’

Ahead of the expected Apple Watch refresh due to take place at Apple’s upcoming September 7th event, the company has subtly started renaming some of the original models as ‘2015 edition’ units.

First spotted by user ‘jaqk-‘ over on Reddit, the name change is currently only showing in the official Apple Store iOS app. However, this change is not reflected on Apple’s website. Continue reading Apple rename some Apple Watch models ‘2015 editions’

Quartz: No one wants to buy an Apple Watch

After more than a year on the market Quartz ran a survey on people’s opinion of the Apple Watch any future purchasing intent. The results? Not great.

The findings hinted at a few general trends:

  • Those without an Apple Watch are not to fussed about getting one.
  • Those who own one love it, and are looking forward to what’s coming next.
  • The price is deemed too high.
  • Potential buyers need to see an Apple Watch in-person and get some hands on before committing.

Now, the Quartz survey was only of 530+ iPhone owners, so the above takeaways can be taken with as much or as little salt as you’d like. But either way, I think the results do paint a picture of a general product perception issue that the Apple Watch currently has.

My take? It boils down to a classic Apple problem: wait for version two.

More than a year after its release, and still no one wants to buy an Apple Watch

Here’s a custom made Apple Watch band tray

How’s this for a cool way to store your Apple Watch band collection? 

Steve Tsuida created this great looking tray for his various Apple Watch bands.

You can see the DIY process he went through to make it, from 3D plans, to prototype through to the finished product. Of course, in typical Apple fashion this band tray is made from anodised milled aluminium.

Take a look.

Apple Watch band tray:

Diskus: A portable Apple Watch charger

Up on Kickstarter right now is this nifty little portable charger for your Apple Watch. 

Diskus Apple Watch charger

A Portable Apple Watch charger

The Diskus is the first Apple-certified product of its type, sporting the ‘Made for Apple Watch’ badge. The little hockey puck shaped charger lets you keep your watch charged up when on the move — great for a long weekend away perhaps.

Already have a power bank for your phone? Well, this is the Apple Watch alternative.

The device, created by ThanoTech Inc., starts at around $35 and is expected to arrive later this year in October.

Diskus | The First Portable MFI Apple Watch Charger

How the Apple Watch heart rate sensor saved one users life

Chuck La Tournous, writing for Macworld, on how the Apple Watch and its heart rate sensor helped him make the decision to seek out medical advice.

The “cold, objective, incontrovertible data” offered up by the Apple Watch made the problem with his heart undoubtedly clear.

“Did the Apple Watch really save my life? I’m convinced it did.”

Apple Watch heart rate sensor

How my Apple Watch’s heart rate monitoring saved my life

Yes, the Apple Watch 2 is on the way

It should come as no surprise: the next Apple Watch is expected to arrive later this year. 

According to DigiTimes (who have a mixed track record), suppliers are claiming the next Apple Watch will be revealed this fall. This speculation comes following “conservative orders” across the supply chain for the upcoming device.

Apple Watch 2

The next Apple Watch will reportedly be announced at an event taking place in either September or October. Typically the next iPhone is announced at a September event, so a double-whammy event could be likely.

Changes expected in the second generation wearable are mainly under-the-hood. Little cosmetic change to talk of, but a new system-on-a-chip, LTE data, GPS and better performance and battery life are all expected.

What do you want to see in the next Apple Watch?

How to rock a Pokeball vibe on your Apple Watch

Sadly the recently released iOS Pokemon Go application does not have an Apple Watch companion app, yet. However, that’s not to say you can’t keep the Pokemon trainer vibe going on your smartwatch.

Reddit user ‘maatttxd’ shared an image of his Apple Watch sporting a Pokeball background, and a two different Apple Watch Sport bands. One side white, one side red.

Take a look:

Time to fill the exercise rings! Local gyms here I come

You can grab the Pokeball Apple Watch wallpaper used here, and if you want to recreate the strap effect, you’ll need a White Apple Watch Sport band and a Product Red band too.

A Cheap Apple Watch Clone

Ste Smith from Cult of Mac takes a look at $70 Chinese clone of the Apple Watch.

His verdict: not terrible.