watchOS 3: How to Use Emergency SOS

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

The new version of watchOS has a neat and potentially life-saving ability, dubbed Emergency SOS. When it’s on, this feature will let you use the physical buttons on your device to automatically call emergency services and even notify some contacts that you’re in trouble. We’ll tell you how to set it up!

watchOS 3: How to Find & Activate Power Reserve Manually

· John Martellaro · Quick Tip

Apple Watch series 2

In watchOS 3, there are no more Glances. So Apple had to relocate the manual activation of Power Reserve for the Apple Watch to the Control Center. John shows you how this works.

watchOS 3: Configure Your New Dock

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Got an Apple Watch? Then you’ll need to know how to access and edit the new watchOS 3 Dock feature, which’ll put your favorite apps just a button click away. We’ve got your answers in today’s Quick Tip!

watchOS 3: Mickey and Minnie Mouse Can Now Speak the Time

· John Martellaro · Quick Tip

Mickey-and-Minnie Mouse watch faces.

One of the coolest Apple Watch faces has been Mickey Mouse, tapping his foot in time with the seconds. Now, watchOS 3 adds Minnie to the fun. Plus they can each speak the time out loud with a tap. John shows you how.

Things I Liked Most About watchOS 3. And a Nice Trick

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Selected watch faces.

It took two hours, but John Martellaro finally got his original Apple Watch upgraded to watchOS 3. Here are some of the things he liked most about this version. Plus, he discovered a nice trick when it comes to changing watch faces with a swipe.

watchOS 3: Three Cool New Features

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about watchOS 3 and some neat stuff you can do with it, including using the new Breathe feature, sharing your activity with others, and pausing workouts. We’re pretty excited!

Apple Releases iOS 10 and watchOS 3

· Jim Tanous · News

ios 10 watchos 3

As expected, Apple today released the latest versions of its mobile operating systems. iOS 10 is now available for the iPhone 5 and newer, iPad mini and newer, iPad (4th generation) and newer, and the 6th generation iPod touch, while watchOS 3 is ready to go for all Apple Watch owners.

iOS 10, watchOS 3 Available Sept 13

· Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 10 Messages

iOS 10 and watchOS 3 are finally getting the nod of approval from Apple and will move from beta status to official releases on September 13th. The free upgrade will come three days before the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 ship on September 16th.

Apple Intros Waterproof Apple Watch Series 2 with GPS

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch Series 2

Apple’s September 7th media event was about more than just the iPhone 7 because we also got our first look at Apple Watch 2. This is the first refresh of Apple’s smartwatch since it shipped almost 18 months ago and adds new features like a built-in “swim-proof” waterproofing, and a GPS.

Apple Watch: Using Notification Privacy

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is on a nifty feature of the Apple Watch, one that’ll prevent a wrist raise from showing off any recent notifications you’ve gotten. You might spend all day texting with your friends, but no one else needs to know what those conversations are about, do they?

Apple Rolls Out Bug Fix and Security Updates for OS X, iOS, watchOS, tvOS

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac and MacBook Pro

Apple rolled out updates for OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS on Monday. The updates are all free and fairly easy to install, and they haven’t caused any problems on The Mac Observer’s test devices so far. Read on to learn about the updates and how you can get them installed.