Apple will begin having "limited" quantities of Apple Watch bands in its fleet of Apple Store retail locations later this week. Online reports say the bands will initially be available to customers who want to swap the band that came with their device, though the process for this isn't yet known.
Apple, as it always does, has posted the security details of its Watch OS 1.0.1 update. If you thought this update was minor, take a look at the details. Then update right away.
Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS earlier on Monday—Apple Watch OS 1.0.1—and right off the bat we noticed that screen reaction times are dramatically faster. Glances load more swiftly, too, and switching between notifications, the Watch face, Glances, and Apps is all smoother and faster.
Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS Monday with the release of Apple Watch OS 1.0.1. The update includes "performance improvements and bug fixes" for Siri, measuring standing activity, calculating calories, measuring distances, accessibility, and unspecified improvements for third party apps.
Apple quietly introduced iPhone Lightning Dock, a dock designed specifically for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though it also works with all Lightning-equipped iPhone models going back to the iPhone 5. It also works with iPod touch (5th Generation) models.
Apple updated the iMac with Retina 5K—iMac 5K for short—on Tuesday, rejiggering the line with lower prices. The company added a new entry-level model that starts at US$1,999, and it dropped the price of the high-end model from $2,499 to $2,299.
Apple announced an updated MacBook Pro with Retina Display Tuesday that includes the company's new Force Touch trackpad. The device has faster Flash storage and an additional hour of battery life, as well as faster graphics.
SAN FRANCISCO - Zikgo Labs showed off Gate at Pepcom's MobileFocus event Wednesday night, a device the company is funding through Kickstarter. Gate is an interesting addition to the Internet of Things in that it makes your mailbox smart. Using a sensor and a base station, Gate can alert you when your mailbox is opened, removing the uncertainty of knowing when your mail has been delivered.
Google is getting into the Apple Watch game with its latest update for the iPhone Google News & Weather app. The Apple Watch version shows a handful of top headlines, and includes a Glance view, too.
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Google News & Weather's latest update isn't so much about features as it is about Google starting to support Apple Watch. This could lead to other Google apps making their way to our wrists, and hopefully that includes Google Maps.
On Tuesday Synology released DiskStation Manager 5.2, a significant update to the software that runs on all the NAS units the company makes. Updates include tighter integration between Synology's private cloud and public cloud services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and OneDrive; significant enhancements to Synology's Note Station, Audio Station and File Station; and a brand new virtualization environment called Docker.
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