Apple Watch Forum

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Apple security documents reference vulnerabilities by CVE-ID when possible.

watchOS 3.1
Released October 24, 2016

CoreGraphics

Available for: All Apple Watch models

Impact: Viewing a maliciously crafted JPEG file may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4673: Marco Grassi (@marcograss) of KeenLab (@keen_lab), Tencent

FontParser

Available for: All Apple Watch models

Impact: Parsing a maliciously crafted font may disclose sensitive user information

Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed through improved bounds checking.

CVE-2016-4660: Ke Liu of Tencent's Xuanwu Lab

Kernel

Available for: All Apple Watch models

Impact: An application may be able to disclose kernel memory

Description: A validation issue was addressed through improved input sanitization.

CVE-2016-4680: Max Bazaliy of Lookout and in7egral

libarchive

Available for: All Apple Watch models

Impact: A malicious archive may be able to overwrite arbitrary files

Description: An issue existed within the path validation logic for symlinks. This issue was addressed through improved path sanitization.

CVE-2016-4679: Omer Medan of enSilo Ltd

libxpc

Available for: All Apple Watch models

Impact: An application may be...
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One concern many users have about Apple Watch 2 likely adding an embedded GPS is what impact precise location tracking could have on battery life. The GPS radio would likely only be tapped during outdoor workouts and when using Maps, but a purported parts leak also claims Apple Watch 2 will gain 35% more battery capacity which would help.

The latest Apple Watch 2 leak comes from a post on Chinese social media site Weibo, which claims to show a significantly higher capacity battery purportedly being used in the Apple Watch 2.

The claimed bump from 0.94 Wh-246 mAh to 1.28 Wh-334 mAh (42mm version presumably) represents more than a third more capacity, although it’s a curious leak as the new Apple Watch is expected to feature the same design as the current version. More efficient chips in the same casing often mean smaller batteries, not larger ones.

Packing in a bigger battery in the current casing would likely require changing other internal components and there’s no headphone jack to remove like with the iPhone 7. Given Apple Watch 2’s expected GPS gain, however, it wouldn’t be surprising for Apple to give the device more juice somehow and at least maintain current battery life.

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Following the debut of its Bentayga SUV, British automaker Bentley Motors recently launched an eponymous Apple Watch app that goes beyond run-of-the-mill connected car features, putting control over creature comforts on the wrist of well-heeled owners.
The Bentayga TSR app, short for Bentayga Touch Screen Remote, is part of Bentley's marketing strategy for its new luxury SUV. Featuring deep integration with Bentayga's onboard infotainment platform, the iOS app features an Apple Watch component that offers comprehensive command functions over vehicle systems traditionally controlled via in-dash units.

For example, with the app drivers and passengers can adjust ventilation, air conditioning, entertainment assets, seat heaters, radio and even chair massagers, all with visual feedback directly on Apple Watch. Bentley's TSR product connects via Bluetooth, mirroring Apple's own inventions for remotely monitoring and controlling automobiles with an iPhone.

Other carmakers are also taking advantage of the wireless platform baked into Apple's device lineup. Thanks to a robust set connectivity APIs, auto manufacturers can serve up real-time information like trip duration and current speed directly to Watch. More advanced integrations support two-way communications for controlling car hardware, not simply infotainment system software.

Hyundai, for example, is currently marketing an Apple Watch app capable of remotely starting a user's vehicle, if the car is so equipped.

The Bentayga TSR app is available for free from the iOS App Store and requires iOS 5.1.1 or later to operate. And a...
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Apple today released a new software update for the Apple Watch, upgrading watchOS 2 to version 2.2.1. The update comes nearly two months after the public release of watchOS 2.2, a major update to the watchOS 2 operating system that introduced multi-watch support for iPhone, Maps improvements, and other features. In testing since April 6, Apple seeded two betas of watchOS 2.2.1 to developers prior to releasing it to the public.
The 2.2.1 update 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 must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.

watchOS 2.2.1 is a minor update, and during the beta testing period, no outward-facing changes or obvious bug fixes were discovered. According to Apple's release notes, watchOS 2.2.1 fixes the following problems:

Since releasing watchOS 2 in September of 2015, Apple has provided Apple Watch owners with four updates in total, including watchOS 2.0.1, watchOS 2.1, watchOS 2.2, and today's watchOS 2.2.1 update.


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New leather Apple Watch bands made by luxury fashion brand Coach could arrive as soon as Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June, a new report has revealed.

Sales associates with Coach have apparently been informed that new bands are on the way, arriving as soon as June, according to Haute Ecriture. Employees have been provided with documents showing the forthcoming leather Apple Watch band lineup.

In all, associates are said to have been brought into the loop on about eight upcoming bands, which will be available in white, black, red, and brown. Some are said to have charms on them while others were stitched, and each is said to retail for $150.

A June launch makes sense, as Apple could unveil the new partnership with Coach at WWDC. The annual developers conference kicks off June 13.

Since the Apple Watch went on sale a year ago, Apple has introduced new band styles and colors on a regular basis, keeping options for the wearable device fresh. The company launched a range of new nylon bands last month at an event unveiling the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The apparent partnership between Apple and Coach would mark the second high-end fashion brand to bring custom bands to the Apple Watch. A special Hermes edition of the Apple Watch launched in January.



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