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In addition to a bunch of high-profile reviews of the Apple Watch and first unboxing videos of the device’s packaging, major outlets have also produced videos which highlight specific features of the wrist-worn device, such as health and fitness tracking, notifications, design and more.

Reading detailed reviews takes time so you may want to check out these videos first and save longform write-ups for weekend reading.

The Verge likes the device a lot, but slams Apple for not including options to customize the notification sounds and Taptics on the Watch.

I couldn’t set a different alert for messages than for mail or calendar invites; they all just sort of felt the same. Without this ability, the Taptic Engine is just a small improvement over existing smartwatches. Let me create and set my own notifications, and it’s a revolution.

Luckily, this is easily fixed in software.

Getting notifications to work best for you means really buying into a single ecosystem for everything to work well out of the box, meaning non-Apple users may want to wait a while until developers build more support for the device.

For example, it’s easy to send iMessages from the Watch, but there’s no way to use WhatsApp or Hangouts. I spend a huge part of my day in Slack; it’s somewhat useful to know people are mentioning you in a chat room because of taps on your wrist, but it would be much better if you could actually do something about it.

Thankfully, Apple’s really good at iterating products and I have no doubt in my mind that a second or third-generation Apple Watch will fix the vast majority of teething issues.

After spending a week with the device, Bloomberg Business’ Joshua Topolsky was fascinated by its speedy software and motion tracking, controlled by the Apple’s new S1 processor, which packs in multiple components on a single chip.

The Telegraph says the Apple Watch interface is a mixture of using the Digital Crown dial to zoom in and out on a screen that is too small to pinch and zoom, and using it as a back button.

An excerpt from the review:

Again, battery life doesn’t seem to be a major concern.

Even using the Watch intensively, it never struggled to last a whole day, and once made two full days, just.

That’s certainly reassuring!

CNET takes us on a tour of the many-nested worlds of the Apple Watch interface and watchfaces.

Swapping bands out:

What’s in the box:

And their general feelings about the product:

Mashable finds the S1 chip powering the Watch impressive, but notes the occasional lag and other issues and teething issues.

Mashable’s review notes:

Like any 1.0 product, the Apple Watch isn’t perfect. The S1 chip has pep, but the watch could lag. The hyped Taptic response is useful, but not a game-changer. And I can’t make myself care about the ability to send heartbeats (though I do like to occasionally check my heart rate, especially after vigorous activity).

For the most part, the lag is caused by the fact that third-party Watch apps actually run on your iPhone. Only a storyboard and user interface assets and animations are beamed back from your iPhone to the Watch via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, hence the lag.

After Apple allows truly native apps to execute on the Watch itself later this year, the lag should go away.

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Hopefully these videos will get you a better idea of what using Apple’s wearable device in real-life scenarios feels like.

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Oneplus One: The Specifications, The Features… The Roundup!


OnePlus: About

Those following OnePlus proceedings here on GizChina might already be aware of the company’s roots. Headed by ex-OPPO chief Pete Lau, OnePlus is a startup with an aim to deliver the most usable hardware at an affordable price. Quite clearly, the company isn’t keen on just throwing the kitchen sink at you, but rather a more fulfilling user experience.

What’s most exciting about the OnePlus venture is that the company has a partner in the very well known CyanogenMod Inc. CyanogenMod is perhaps the most popular 3rd party firmware for Android phones, hugely popular with enthusiasts from around the world.

OnePlus One: Specifications

OnePlus made us play the waiting game for quite some time before starting to spill the beans on the One’s specifications. Thanks to numerous leaks, announcements and spy photos, we know quite a bit about the device now, and as previously mentioned, you will perhaps be able to make up your mind on whether you want the device or not.

OnePlus even hosted an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on Reddit, which allowed those keeping track of the device to get in touch with folks behind OnePlus for better insight.

With the average smartphone screen size going up every passing day, it is but natural for OnePlus to include something which would please a major chunk of the market. The company decided to go with a 5.5-inch 1080p display sourced from well-known manufacturer JDI. There were talks of a 1440 x 2560 pixel display, which would put the One directly against the OPPO Find 7; however, these rumours were rubbished once the company divulged display info about a week back.

While many hoped for a smaller display, Pete Lau assured the world that it is a 5.5-inch panel that we need. The picture of a OnePlus One stacked (and hidden) beneath a Sony Xperia Z1 went viral on the web. Lau basically wanted to show that the 5.5-inch screen’d One could hide under an Xperia Z1 which comes with a  5-inch screen.

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Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM 

With the sort of hype that the OnePlus One was enjoying, it was fair for those following proceedings to have high expectations. We have to admit, even we expected the device to have a Snapdragon 805, or at least a Snapdragon 801. However, to the disappointment of many, OnePlus announced that their first phone would have only a Snapdragon 800 SoC.

That being said, the company again did a fair job at convincing us that Snapdragon 800 was the way to go, citing balance between availability and cost as the reason. To think of it, it might actually work out well with the much less resource hungry CyanogenMod OS taken centre stage instead of a heavily skinned, ugly looking ROM.

3100mAh battery, LTE connectivity

Poor battery life is something that concerns (and undeniably, affects) one and all, and OnePlus hope to eliminate this problem by including a 3100mAh non-removable battery on the OnePlus One. Along with this, the company said that there would be a technology to further extend usage on a single charge. In fact, they even called it ‘mystery tech’ saving us the effort of trying to make things interesting for our readers!

On why they the went non-removable route, the company said a removable battery would mean a loss of about 20% of the capacity, which they thought was crucial for their phone and something they couldn’t afford.

The device is all set to appeal to users from all around the globe with its unlocked radio which has support for 4G LTE!

Cameras, storage

Only recently, OnePlus announced that the One will have a 13 mega-pixel rear camera which would come from Sony factories. It’s the Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor, which on the OnePlus One will do 4K video capture, which will make the device among the cheaper ones to feature 4K video (remember, the device will sell for under $400?). The 13 mega-pixel shooter will have a f/2.0 aperture and the ability to record slow-motion video at 120fps. On the front, the OnePlus One will feature a 5 mega-pixel snapper which should please selfie lovers and video call users alike.


Only few hours back (at the time of writing), the company announced that there will be a bit of customization thrown in, in the form of what OnePlus call ‘StyleSwap’ rear cases for the device. Among other styles and textures that might be made available in the future, the company would be offering Silk, Sandstone, Denim, Bamboo, and Kevlar textured StyleSwap covers. What’s more, the covers would be made out of their respective materials, meaning Bamboo out of a stick of bamboo, Kevlar out of actual kevlar and so on!

The company has also been active on their forums, taking part in discussions and interacting with fans and followers. This has lead many to think of OnePlus as a very ‘approachable’ company, something which other (even well established) ones are after.

Another thing you need to keep in mind (yes, again) that the OnePlus One will come with the very efficient CyanogenMod OS, tailor made for the device. The software is light on resources, and offers very high levels of customisability. Also, we might as well see OnePlus adopt the very successful OPPO model wherein users can request for features and other things, which are scrutinized by the software team, after which a decision is made whether or not the feature is to be added.


So here we ask you — would you let go of your current smartphone to make way for the 5.5-inch, Snapdragon 800 powered OnePlus One? Are you willing to give a rather ambitious startup a chance with your next toy? Or do you have other ideas (Hint: OPPO Find 7)?

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The Best Sleep Tracking Apps For Apple Watch And Iphone

Tracking your sleep routine can often lead to insights into all sorts of habits or quirks detrimental to a good night’s sleep. Before Apple Watch, apps promising to analyze your nightly resting patterns and devise remedies to improve on them were already plentiful. Yet after the release of the wrist-worn gadget, a new surge in the category ensued for its ease of use on watch and enhanced precision in measuring body movements at night.

In order to single out the creme de la creme of applications, we have put through their paces both standalone sleep trackers on iPhone and an array of apps requiring the assistance of Apple Watch.

No matter if you rock iPhone and Apple Watch together or solo, find out below which sleep trackers are worthwhile your time and money.

The best sleep trackers for iPhone

To cover all the bases we have contrived two sections: the first one is going to be dedicated to iPhone only applications whereas the subsequent one will revolve around all sleep trackers harnessing the power of iPhone and Apple Watch. If you’re here for Watch apps and don’t regard the first half as exhaustive, do make sure to read on as many of the watch compatible apps also function on their own.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is one of the most comprehensive apps in the field, posing an effective merger of alarm clock and sleep tracker. Notwithstanding their ultimate goal to get you hooked on the premium subscription service, the basic offer is available entirely free of charge to you, and that one alone is conceptualised well enough to make the cut.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock not only looks elegant but also houses a bevy of features such as intelligent alarms (so as not to rattle you when you are in a deep sleep phase) in the morning. The flagship feature however is the sleep tracking, for which Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock in fact offers two different methods of motion detection: your iPhone’s accelerometer or the microphone.

UI wise the colors and animations are chosen well and when activated at night, your iPhone’s wake screen fades in and out softly and very easy on the eye.

Some of the more elaborate statistics are sadly hidden behind the premium subscription fee ($29 a year), but your arm isn’t twisted too badly by the developers at Northcube as the free ones sure enough fulfil their job. If you’re in the market for a sleep tracker that does not have to sit in the corner of your mattress while you sleep, this is one of the best out there.

Device support: iPhone, iPad

Notable features: Microphone motion detection, intelligent alarms, sleep quality and activity analytics (Premium)

Cost: Free (in-app subscription service)

Good Morning Alarm Clock

For one, the home screen comprises an alarm clock and a weather extension, making the hub of the app somewhat more informative.

Upside number two comes in the form of an under the hood feature that should be regarded indispensable by anyone (but unfortunately is not): HealthKit integration.

Device support: iPhone, iPad

Notable features: HealthKit Integration, Weather extension, Intelligent alarms


By and large you have two solid options in Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock and Good Morning Alarm Clock, two apps that are similar enough to be mentioned in the same breath but at the same time different enough for two seperate entries.

Honorable Mention

Stock Clock App: Bedtime

Despite the somehow differing value proposition, we can’t brush past this one without at least mentioning it. Since the introduction of iOS 10, Apple has seriously ramped up their own efforts at providing guidance for healthy sleeping habits.

Despite the somehow differing value proposition, we can’t brush past this one without at least mentioning it. Since the introduction of iOS 10, Apple has seriously ramped up their own efforts at providing guidance for healthy sleeping habits.

As a consequence, the bedtime feature inside your stock Clock app now boasts smart bedtime alerts and morning alarms based on your desired sleep duration. It also has a tentative go at sleep analytics, which tie nicely into your Health app. If you’re satisfied with an assistant that pushes you towards a healthier sleep cycle this could be up your alley, but don’t expect it to supplant a refined sleep tracker app. Find out more about Bedtime here.

The best sleep trackers for Apple Watch

With Apple Watch, the days of carefully planting your iPhone on the mattress are over. In fact in many cases your iPhone is no longer required at all, until you want a closer look or breakdown of your accrued sleep stats that is. Such being the case, here are the best trackers available on both iOS and watchOS that work in tandem to shoulder the workload intelligently.


Condensed in one word, Sleep++ is minimalist. This is a good thing in a sea of apps clamoring for your details, your money or even third party tracking devices that exclusively work with the sleep tracker you just downloaded.

Sleep++ does away with all the clutter and delivers an experience stripped to the bare minimum, but in doing so, fashions a reliable symbiosis between watch and iPhone plus easy to read statistics.

If you are quick to worry about your watch’s battery life, you will appreciate the fact that Sleep++ launches and tracks completely disconnected from your iPhone, meaning you can toggle on Airplane Mode before starting your snooze and your watch will emerge relatively undrained in the morning.

Start and finish your sleeping session on your wrist and at the next opportunity, your watch will transmit the data recorded to your iPhone for a pretty simplistic but sufficient visualization of your night.

The implications of minimalist in this instance are no weekly analytics or trends, no heartbeat monitoring and also no notifications or widgets on your iPhone. It does however tie nicely into HealthKit, which is the minimum bar to clear considering Apple’s push for Health in iOS 10.

Device support: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

Notable features: HealthKit integration, lets you use Airplane Mode on watch

Cost: Free (in-app purchase)

Sleep Diary

In terms of feature density, Sleep Diary is a whole different animal. While the mechanics of the tracking process remain the same (start and stop your bedtime manually on your watch), the core function is embedded in a slew of complementary features ranging from dispensable to pretty quintessential.

On the negligible end of the scale we can find stuff like a bedtime countdown widget for your iPhone, which will strike most as a little gimmicky, then again on the other end of the aisle, Sleep Diary boasts sage settings such as wake up and bedtime alerts (pushed to your wrist) based on your set sleep duration and a box for ‘sleep onset latency’ – because most people don’t fall asleep without delay.

Most importantly though, the watch is capable of capturing your heartbeat data in addition to the movement tracking, which makes for another enticing layer of data to analyze in the statistics. Sudden spikes in your heart rate at night can be indicative of various circumstances or conditions, and the ability to monitor that is hands down a big plus.

Once on your wrist, the app also operates entirely disconnected from your iPhone. Whenever connected next, it will feed the app and HealthKit with the intel. There is very little to gripe about here, so let’s not grasp at straws just for the sake of it, especially considering Sleep Diary is available to download for free. If you want a comprehensive tracker that also helps you maintain a healthy sleep rhythm, by all means give this one a go.

Device support: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

Notable features: HealthKit integration, use Airplane Mode on watch

Cost: Free (in-app purchase)

Sleep Tracker (SleepMatic)

Dipping our toes into sleep trackers hiding behind a paywall, SleepMatic ($1.99) sticks out for two defining reasons. Interestingly, these are features hard to find amongst the freebies hence if you can pony up the money equivalent to a cup of coffee, this investment will undoubtedly be the more wholesome one for your sleep.

As far as hitting the ground running, paid-for apps are generally unmatched in their experience in that the minute they are downloaded, you are good to go. This holds true for SleepMatic too, which will not pry into your personal details or data but is ready to serve from the get-go. This positive aside, the two standout features here are automatic sleep tracking (meaning no manual start and stop sleep button on watch) and a movement sensitivity lever to better tailor the recorded data to your sleeping type for improved measuring accuracy.

Both of these treats make SleepMatic a more effortless tracker in their own way: the perks of not having to remember enabling and disabling sleep tracking every night and morning respectively are self-evident, while scrubbing the sensitivity scale up and down can retrospectively edit results for the better or worse to precisely capture your sleep quality.

To give you one example of how this works, when the app detected me waking up seven times (because I like to toss, turn and kick in my sleep) but I only recall two incidents, I can dial down sensitivity until that count has shrunken accordingly. This allows for continuous adjustments until you have found a sensitivity level that reconciles data and real life experience, something that will give you great confidence in future results.

In addition to the showpiece features, SleepMatic keeps tabs on your heart rate as well. Furthermore it boasts a neat widget on your iPhone, bedtime alerts, works untethered on your watch (which displays a great deal of information) and of course also features seamless integration with HealthKit.

Device support: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

Notable features: Automatic sleep tracking, sensitivity settings, HealthKit integration, lets you use Airplane mode on watch

Cost: $1.99


Pillow is visually stunning on both iOS and your Apple Watch, but it is more than just a pretty facade. Under the hood, Pillow offers solid sleep and heart rate tracking (however manually initiated every evening) and on top of that, an audio layer to record snoring or other anomalies at night.

The utility of such feature strongly hinges on the type of sleeper, even so it can prove vital for users (unknowingly) suffering from pesky conditions like sleep apnea or less grave issues. Having this additional layer and the option to correlate noise spikes with your heart rate or sleep phases is straight up terrific.

Next to noise recordings and the neat looks, Pillow promotes sleep goals and derives smart bed and wakeup times from it. Laudably, it bolsters a function called ‘sleep aid’ that will play calming sounds from your iPhone until your watch determines you have fallen asleep. By the same token, ‘smart wakeup’ functions conversely, ensuring the alarm will not go off before you have ascended from a deep sleep phase and entered the territory of light sleep.

There are more whistles and bells (a sleep lab, power-nap mode, in-depth statistics, etc) available for an in-app purchase valued at $4.99 – yet the basic outfit of Pillow is more than serviceable on its own.

As always, the service interlocks hassle-free with HealthKit and iCloud synchronisation is offered to relay your data to the even larger screen of your iPad. In turn, it passes on a widget for your iOS devices, which is not a major loss in our book as most apps haven’t been able to provide additional value through that window anyway. If you are not religiously opposed to creating a profile with Pillow (the downside of free apps) and want form over function, this one is absolutely worth a shot.

Device support: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

Notable features: Noise recording, sleep aid and smart alarm, HealthKit integration, Airplane mode on watch, power nap (premium).

Cost: Free (in-app purchase)


AutoSleep is one of the behemoths in the sleep tracker category: powerful, rich in features, available across all your devices. By the same token, the app is arguably unrivalled when it comes to the level of sophistication in measurements and handoff capabilities between devices. That is, it deploys elaborate algorithms to track your sleep on either iPhone or Apple Watch and clocks your bedtime accurately, most of the time without you even noticing.

Instead, the app is capable of displaying so many (nifty) data points and information that ironically it is likely to feel smothering or daunting to the large, laid-back constituency on iOS. In other words, this ain’t your gateway drug to sleep tracking, it’s the endgame.

Device support: iPhone, Apple Watch

Notable features: HealthKit integration, daily, weekly and monthly sleep analysis, Activity Ring like visualization of results including rings for sleep, move, heart rate, device charge, daylight.

Cost: $2.99

Honorable Mentions

Sleep Watch (Free, in app purchase)

Like SleepMatic, Sleep Watch does a great job at tracking and archiving your sleep all week around, and like SleepMatic it is going to cost you a little bit of money upfront. In this case we are talking about five bucks, which is why it took a back seat to the comparatively cheaper SleepMatic.

Cost: Free

SleepRate – Sleep Therapy (Free, in app purchase) 

At the onset, SleepRate was a sure candidate for the winners’ list, but during the time of testing, it occasionally failed to transfer data to the iPhone in the morning, which is naturally extremely frustrating.

Whenever it works, the data provided on iPhone is great and offers a refreshing twist in that before and after starting the tracking on Apple Watch, you will have to answer a couple of questions on iPhone about naps and fatigue throughout the day and sleep quality after your night. This data is subsequently taken into account in the evaluation of your watch records and overall sleep ratings – a clever means to make the data more reliable and personal.

Regrettably, your patience might start wearing thin if the data transmission fails repeatedly in the morning. If you’re a risk taker, try your luck.

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings!

Today’s Best Deals Include Up To $300 Off Apple Watch, Plus 16

Today’s best deals include up to $300 off Apple Watch, plus 16-inch MacBook Pro goes on sale, and VIZIO TVs are discounted too. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Take up to $300 off Apple Watch Series 5

Amazon offers Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular 44mm for $449. That’s a $300 savings from the regular going rate and the best we’ve tracked at Amazon. Additional colors are also on sale, albeit for a smaller discount.

Apple Watch Series 5 delivers an always-on Retina display, 30% larger screen than Series 3, and a swimproof design. Improved features like heart rate tracking, ECG, and a new compass are a few of the other notable upgrades here. Of course, you’ll still get fitness tracking and the usual suite of notifications.

Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro sees $300 drop

Amazon offers Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro 512GB for $2,099. That’s a $300 discount, match of our previous mention, and in line with most deal prices we’ve seen in 2023. Best Buy is currently charging full price. There’s 512GB worth of SSD storage on this model that’s paired with an Intel Core i7 processor. You’ll also find the usual four Thunderbolt 3 ports, 16GB worth of RAM, and a redesigned Touch Bar with physical escape and power buttons. 

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit highlight VIZIO’s 65-inch 4K HDR UHDTV

Walmart offers the VIZIO 65-inch 4K HDR Smart UHDTV with AirPlay 2 for $648. As a comparison, it originally sold for closer to $800 and today’s deal is down at least $100 from the regular going rate. This is also the best price we’ve tracked all-time.

With a 65-inch 4K panel and HDR support, this VIZIO delivers a future-proof design that should be good for years to come. Features include four HDMI inputs, smart functionality, a 120Hz effective refresh rate, and built-in AirPlay 2 plus Chromecast features. This is a great all-in-one option if you’d like to eliminate the add-on streaming media player while enjoying compatibility with multiple platforms. 

Apple’s latest 27-inch 5K iMac falls to all-time low at $200 off

Amazon is currently offering the latest Apple 27-inch Retina 5K iMac 3.3GHz/8GB/512GB for $1,799. Down from $1,999, today’s offer is good for a $200 price cut, beats our previous mention by $100, and matches the Amazon all-time low set back over Black Friday.

Whether you’ll be working from home still for the foreseeable future or want to be ready for whatever the winter semester has in store, Apple’s Retina 5K iMac is up to the task with a 27-inch 5K display. The entire package is powered by a 10th Gen. Intel CPU, and you can count on 512GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and an AMD Radeon Pro 5300 graphics card. While two Thunderbolt 3 ports headline the included I/O, there’s also Gigabit Ethernet, an SD card reader, and four USB 3.0 ports.

Take up to 33% off OtterBox iPhone cases from $23

Amazon is currently discounting a selection of OtterBox iPhone cases headlined by the OtterBox Defender iPhone 12 mini Case for $40. Down from the usual $60 going rate, you’re saving 33% here with today’s offer marking the first price cut we’ve seen since launching last fall. OtterBox’s Defender case protects your 12 mini with a two-part design that adds extra water-resistance on top of drop protection. Its slim design still enables you to leverage a wireless charger, and there’s added antimicrobial features here, too. OtterBox bundles an included belt clip that doubles as a kickstand to complete the package.

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Apple Unveils Macos Sonoma: All Features Announced

MacOS Sonoma – All features announced Widgets Support

Apple added widgets support back on iOS 14 and has been improving the feature with every update. Now, the widgets are making their way to macOS. The company is adding animated widgets to the macOS Sonoma desktop. There are plenty of widgets providing useful information right from the start screen.

The Widgets will blend into the wallpaper to not look intrusive when you’re working. Thanks to the Continuity feature you can use the same widgets from your iPhone on your Mac but they need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.

Improvements in Video Conferencing

The latest macOS Sonoma also brings improvements for video conferencing. For instance, we have the Presenter Overlay that allows a user to display themselves in front of the content they are sharing. The feature is available for conferencing apps powered by the Neural Engine in Apple silicon chips.


The macOS Sonoma also brings the usual set of improvements for Safari. For instance, there is an update for private browsing. It enhances the protection from trackers and people who might access to your device.


It sounds like a minor addition, but there are new screen savers coming with Sonoma. The new screen savers feature slow-motion videos of various locations worldwide. They shuffle between Landscape, Earth, Underwater, or Cityscape Themes. The feature is present on tvOS and now makes its way to Macs.

A new vision for Games and improved gaming mode

In addition to these announcements, there is a new Game Mode. It brings an optimized experience with smoother frame rates. It also reduces the audio latency with AirPods and reduces input latency with game controllers. It works with any game on Mac.

“delivers an optimized gaming experience with smoother and more consistent frame rates, by ensuring games get the highest priority on the CPU and GPU.” Misc.

There are minor improvements coming with MacOS Sonoma. These include a new autocorrect, updated reminders with intelligent grocery lists, enhanced PDF quick form-filling, and document scans in the Notes app.

iMessage on macOS Sonoma will also include a bunch of new features just like iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. This includes emoji tapbacks and a new emoji stickers interface. Worth noting that the app has been moved to a sub-menu, for a cleaner and simpler overall design. Apple realized that the app use on macOS is minimal, but for the few that use it, the features will be welcome.

We expect more details to be uncovered soon after beta testing.

How to Download macOS Sonoma?

The beta version of macOS Sonoma is available today through the Apple Developer Program. It’s not meant for overall users due to the presence of possible bugs. If you’re a developer up for this task, then head to this website for more details on how to enroll your Mac in the beta program. There will be a public beta in the next month, which should be better for users that want to try the update. All users should expect the public release to come this Fall. Considering the past releases of macOS, we can expect to see macOS Sonoma reaching all eligible users in October or November this year.

Will my Mac get the update?

According to Apple, macOS Sonoma will drop support for 2023 models of the iMac and MacBook Pro. It will also drop support for the 12-inch MacBook model. With that in mind, the operating system will offer support for the following Macs:

MacBook Pro: 2024 and later

MacBook Air: 2024 and later

Mac Mini: 2024 and later

iMac: 2024 and later

iMac Pro: 2024

Mac Studio: 2024 and later

Mac Pro: 2024 and later

Obviously, the update will support every model released this year. If Apple releases new MacBooks in November, I expect them to come with Sonoma straight out of the box. We will be covering all new details that appear about the new OS update. So stay tuned for much more.

21 Apple Watch Developers Reveal Their Wares

21 Apple Watch developers reveal their wares

While the Android world is setting its eyes on MWC 2024 next week, those from the Apple camp are more fixated on late April. That is when the company will be fully launching the Apple Watch and when the world will finally get to see what Cupertino’s take on smartwatches will really be. But as experience showed so far, a smartwatch is only as good as the stuff you can do on it, and some developers are now revealing the things you will be able to do once the Apple Watch hits the stores.

Given the extremely small screen space, there is not much you can do on a smartwatch. At least not without some imagination and creativity. There will, of course, be some that will try to push the limits of what can fit inside a watch face, but given Apple’s more fine-grained control over products in the App Store, we might see very few of those.

It probably won’t come as a shock that there are a lot of fitness related Apple Watch apps coming our way. There’s Nike, which will let you to view leaderboards and challenge friends. There’s an Exact Fitness Timer and Fitness Spades, both from the same developer, that lets you track your exercises as well as pick out a random exercise challenge for yourself. For something more sports-specific, there’s Slopes for skiers and snowboards for checking out your own stats and the MLB app for checking out your favorite baseball team’s scores.

Productivity is another area where smartwatches are supposedly useful, and there is nothing more productive than todo lists. Popular iOS app Clear is making its way to Apple Watch, bringing users a minimalist and easy to use checklist. Home Remote, as well as apps from Honeywell and Lutron turn the smartwatch into an always there smart home control hub. OfficeTime gives you a quick way to log your working hours and Prompt takes the drudgery out of trying to keep up with your presentations.

Tying up with an iPhone’s location sensors makes the Apple Watch the perfect traveling companion. Naturally, you’ll find apps that try to capitalize on this. American Airlines notifies you of your boarding gate, departure time, and other tidbits of information you’ll need for a stress-free journey. Citymapper puts mass-transit information on your wrist as well as alarms for when to get off or on certain stops. Interestingly, Pinterest arrives on Apple Watch as a location-based app, informing you when you are nearby pinned locations. And when you’re checking into Starwood Hotels, a simple will be all you need. And if you drive around in an electric BMW i3, the BMW i app will let you know your car’s charge level and even where you parked it.

A smartwatch isn’t all about work, however, and can be fun too. Naturally, you’ll find Facebook and Twitter on board, which may make the Apple Watch an added distraction. There are also some rather whimsical apps, like Infinitweet which takes a screenshot of your extra long tweet, spoken through the mic of course, and posts the image on Twitter to get around the 160-character limit. While Peeps is a video-only group messaging service, the Apple Watch app will server as a notification device, displaying just the first frame of an incoming video message. Feed Wrangler brings the latest news to your wrist, and even gives you the option to read the whole thing right there.

These are just some of the apps that will be greeting you when you don the Apple Watch in April.

SOURCE: Wareable

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