Thoughts on Apple Watch Series 5 (and watchOS 6)

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

The Noise app alerts me when the ambient noise level reaches dangerous levels.

It’s no secret Dr. Mac is an Apple Watch fanboy, so it’s no surprise that this week’s Rants & Raves column is a love letter to the latest iteration.

Avoid RISCy Behavior – Mac Geek Gab 795

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Ever have an iOS device that won’t stay connected to your Mac? How about needing to connect your Thunderbolt 2 devices to your new Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac? What about proving your location in the past? Or looking up phone numbers?

These are just a few of the questions John and Dave tackle this week. Of course, Cool Stuff Found and Quick Tips are healthily represented as we drive towards the end of 2019. Just make sure to avoid RISCy behavior. Or don’t, and be like Chuck Peddle!

Apple Watch Series 5 Starts With 32GB of Storage

· Andrew Orr · Link

Amazingly, the Apple Watch Series 5 will start at 32GB of storage, doubling the Series 4 storage point of 16GB.

At 32GB of storage for both GPS and Cellular models, the Apple WatchSeries 5 offers double the storage of the previous Series 4 models. Apple may have increased the storage in the new device due to the Apple Watch App Store that’s available in watchOS 6, set to be released on September 19.

Now if only watchOS 6 had the Files app so I could store a copy of my data on it.

Apple Releases watchOS 5.3.1

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

It’s intended to keeps Apple Watch up-to-date with iOS 12.4.1, which was also released Monday.

watchOS 5.3 is Now Available

· Andrew Orr · Product News

watchOS 5.3 is now available, along with other software updates like iOS 12.4. watchOS 5.3 brings a fix for the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie.

watchOS 6 Lets You Delete Built-In Watch Apps

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Similar to how Apple let people remove built-in iOS apps with iOS 10, Apple will let people delete built-in watch apps with watchOS 6.

Updates Tied to iPhone in watchOS 6 Beta 1

· Andrew Orr · News

Although Apple introduced an over-the-air (OTA) mechanism in watchOS beta 1, software updates still require an iPhone. But it is still a beta, after all.

What I Liked About WWDC 2019

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

In Rants & Raves Episode #335, Dr. Mac reveals what he found encouraging (or at least interesting) at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference last week.

Bloomberg WWDC Leak Highlights: Updated Maps, Health, Apple Watch Audio Books, Reminders, More

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

The Apple Crystal Ball

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman got the goods on Apple’s WWDC software plans. Highlights include several improvements to Maps that I’m looking forward to. Apple is also improving the Health app, Reminders, adding audio book support to Apple Watch, a standalone app for the Apple Watch App Store on the watch itself, new Watch complications and faces, improved share sheet in iOS, combined Find my Friends and Find My iPhone, improved iMessage, an updated Books app with a reward system, and much more. There’s a ton of information in this piece, and it’s a good read.

The Merge That's Not a Merge: iOS and MacOS

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple project Marzipan

macOS and iOS need not merge in order to lead the way forward. Perhaps all that’s required are shifting perspectives by the primary generation of users.