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...
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.
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 toHaute 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.
Apple shipped about 2.2 million Apple Watches in the March quarter, although it still saw its share of the smartwatch market slip to 52.4 percent, according to research estimates published on Thursday.
In the December quarter, the company controlled 63 percent of the market with 5.1 million units, Strategy Analytics said. The dip comes on top of an expected seasonal decline in industry shipments, which fell from 8.1 million during the holidays to 4.2 million.
Strategy Analytics explained the shift in market control by pointing to rising competition from Motorola, LG, and others, even if Apple still holds a commanding lead. Samsung — Apple's biggest individual rival in the smartwatch space — actually saw its share decline as well, sliding from 16 percent (1.3 million units) in the December quarter to 14.3 percent, or just 600,000 units.
Apple has yet to publish any official sales data for the Watch, leaving researchers to calculate their own numbers based on sources like retail traffic and segment revenue.
During the company's quarterly results call, CEO Tim Cook would only say that Watch sales met Apple's expectations in the March quarter, and that he expects the device to follow seasonal patterns akin to iPods. He also repeated a claim that the Watch sold more units in its first year than the iPhone did in its own. The Watch, however, has had the benefit of wider distribution, and a radically different market for "smart" products than that of 2007.
A director at Strategy Analytics, Cliff Raskind, argued that the "honeymoon for version 1 of the Apple Watch is over," and that the success...
Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 2.2.1 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the first watchOS 2.2.1 beta and a month after releasing watchOS 2.2, a significant watchOS 2 update that introduced new features like multi-watch support for iPhones and Maps improvements.
The second watchOS 2.2.1 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watchapp on an 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 Apple Watch charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.
It's not yet clear what is included in watchOS 2.2.1, information provided by Apple in the first beta suggests it focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements, likely to address issues discovered since the release of watchOS 2.2. No obvious outward-facing changes were found in the first watchOS 2.2.1 beta, but we'll update this post should any new features be found in the second beta.