Category: Apple Watch

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Apple Watch Crash Course 1.2 Update Now Available!

I’m excited to announce that Take Control Books has just published my update to Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course. Version 1.2 is now fully updated to cover watchOS 2 and the various improvements rolled into the watch’s operating system (see below). Although the book required a fairly substantial refresh, we’re offering it as ...

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Start 2016 with Apple Tips

If history is a guide, Apple won’t start announcing new products for a couple of months, so in the meantime, I’ve offered a host of tips for Mac, iPhone/iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch in my latest Practical Mac column for the Seattle Times: Start the year with these Apple polishing tips.

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25% Off Take Control Books for WinterFest 2015

I know, I’ve been heavy on the deals lately, but that’s the way it is at the end of the year when so many folks are offering special prices on things. And I absolutely want to help you save money on books and products that I and people I know create. The latest is WinterFest ...

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iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and watchOS 2 Coverage at TidBITS

Today was a busy day: Apple introduced the iPad Pro, a new Apple TV, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and announced release dates for iOS 9 and watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch (both September 16), and for OS X El Capitan (September 30). You can watch the keynote video here. I followed ...

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How to Remove Duplicate Events on Apple Watch

Yesterday my Apple Watch started showing duplicate events in the Calendar app and on the watch face (when events overlap, an exclamation point icon appears before the next event on the face). I’m not sure what spurred the issue, but for some reason this week my iPhone stopped updating iCloud information until I re-entered my ...

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MacVoices Appearance to Talk Apple Watch Crash Course

This week I had an excellent talk with Chuck Joiner for his MacVoices podcast about the Apple Watch and my new book Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course. We discussed several topics in the interview, but one of the most interesting was how continued use of the Apple Watch shaped how we treat our ...

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Apple Watch Sales and Headline Grabbing Idiots

When I saw the headline that Apple Watch sales were “down 90% from launch,” I assumed it was a poorly-researched attempt to grab attention. And guess what: it is. (Eye roll. I’m also not going to encourage their traffic with a link.) First, Apple hasn’t released any numbers for the Watch, at all. And if ...

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Essential tips, tricks for living with an Apple Watch

I’ve now had my Apple Watch for two months (here’s my review for the Seattle Times), and in that time I’ve gotten to know it very well while updating my Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course book (which is available now!). But don’t worry, this isn’t another “here’s my take on the Apple Watch ...

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Jony Ive Now Chief Design Officer at Apple

If you follow Apple, this is pretty big news. Jonathan Ive, formerly Senior Vice President of Design, is being promoted to Chief Design Officer, overseeing the hardware and user interface design groups. The news was broken in an entertaining, wide-ranging essay by Stephen Fry. Ive was already doing that in his previous role, but this ...

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My Apple Watch Review in the Seattle Times

My review of the Apple Watch appears in today’s Seattle Times: Apple Watch impresses, amuses even though it’s the 1.0 version. My editor wanted a tight review in 700 words, which was hard to do because there’s so much to say about the Apple Watch and because writing shorter is always more difficult than writing ...