Last chance to grab these Apple Watch accessories in time for the holidays [Watch Store]

With Christmas only two weeks away, there’s still a few days to order that perfect Apple Watch band in time for holiday gifting. We’ve gathered some of our best Apple Watch accessories, and rounded up the cut-off dates for ordering from the Cult of Mac Watch Store in time for U.S. holiday delivery. (International orders […]

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Apple seeds first iOS 11.2.5 beta and more to developers

Hot on the heels of today’s iOS update for the public, Apple has come out with a fresh set of beta updates for developers with the release of iOS 11.2.5 beta 1, along with new betas for Apple Watch and Apple TV too. Developers can download the first betas for iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2 and […]

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Apple Seeds First Beta of watchOS 4.2.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.2.2 update to developers, a little over one week after releasing the watchOS 4.2 update, which introduced Apple Pay Cash on the Apple Watch.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software update.



To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

It’s not yet clear what new features or improvements the watchOS 4.2.2 update might introduce, but we’ll update this post once we’ve installed the update and have had time to dig into the new features.

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Workouts++ 2.0 Brings Apple Watch Podcast Playback, Siri Integration, Location Tracking, and More

Free third-party fitness app Workouts++ got its 2.0 release on Tuesday, bringing a wealth of new features and improvements to the software, almost a year after its debut on iOS and Apple Watch.

Users looking for an alternative to the native watchOS Workout app should find plenty to pique their interest in this update, which makes the most of new APIs available since the release of watchOS 4 and features a redesigned workout configuration system.



Highlights include the ability to download podcasts to Apple Watch for playback during workouts, support for LTE streaming, GPS tracking and mapping, as well as Siri integration and a plethora of watch display customization options.

The app also gains support for swimming and the display of VO2 Max values, additional stopwatch, elevation, average pace/speed and activity ring metrics for display during workouts, distance and duration alerts, plus a workout recovery feature in the event that the device’s battery runs out during exercise.

Workouts++ is a free download for iPhone from the App Store.

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Get in the holiday spirit with these winter-themed Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

Just in time for winter wear, check out these seasonal artist-designed, leather Apple Watch bands. These holiday-themed bands are the latest additions to Casetify’s saffiano leather collection in our Watch Store, and they’re fun, high-quality bands. Casetify works with artists who create original designs and watercolors on all of these bands — the company also […]

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Grab these Apple Watch bands in time for the holidays [Watch Store]

With Christmas only two weeks away, there’s still a few days to order that perfect Apple Watch band in time for holiday gifting. We’ve gathered some of our best Apple Watch accessories, and rounded up the cut-off dates for ordering from the Cult of Mac Watch Store in time for U.S. holiday delivery. (International orders […]

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watchOS 4.1 GymKit Feature Rolls Out to First U.S. Gym

GymKit, the watchOS 4.1 feature that allows the Apple Watch to interface with gym equipment like treadmills, has started rolling out in the United States in a very limited capacity.

According to CNET, GymKit is available at the Life Time Athletic location at Sky in New York City. This is the sole location where GymKit is available, but it is coming to Equinox locations and additional Life Time Athletic locations in 2018.



GymKit is also available at select locations in the United Kingdom and Australia.

CNET was able to test the GymKit functionality, and found it to work well. Setup was a one-tap affair, with a tap on the equipment and then a confirmation on the Apple Watch. Once paired, health data from both gym equipment and the Apple Watch syncs up for a more accurate reading.

GymKit is compatible with fitness machines from TechnoGym, Life Fitness, Matrix, Star Trac, Schwinnn, Cybex, and Stairmaster, with Apple eventually planning to cover 80 percent of the fitness equipment market. At the gym where CNET tested GymKit, the feature works with ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes, and stair-climbers.

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