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by sparkyscott21 at Feb 22, 2016
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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 2.2 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the third watchOS 2.2 beta and more than two months after releasing watchOS 2.1, the first major update to the watchOS 2 operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 2.2 has been in testing since January 11.

The fourth watchOS 2.2 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on an iPhone running the iOS 9.3 beta 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.

watchOS 2.2, along with iOS 9.3, introduces support for pairing multiple Apple Watches with a single iPhone. Both updates are required, with each watch running watchOS 2.2 and each iPhone running iOS 9.3. watchOS 2.2 also includes a revamped look for the built-in Maps app on the Apple Watch with access to the Nearby feature first introduced with iOS 9 and new buttons for quickly accessing directions to home and work.

There were no other obvious outward-facing changes introduced in the first three watchOS 2.2 betas aside from the changes to the Maps app, but the update undoubtedly includes under-the-hood performance updates and bug fixes to address issues that have been discovered since the release of watchOS 2.1. WatchOS 2.2 is expected to debut in the spring, perhaps at Apple's rumored March event.

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by sparkyscott21 at Feb 9, 2016
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Future versions of watchOS should incorporate more clock face options, building on the 12 already included, a new Apple job listing discovered by AppleInsider suggests.

The company is recruiting a software engineer to work on the Apple Watch's dedicated clock face team, according to the listing. The successful candidate will cooperate with various other teams, and build not just new faces but "complications" — data displays — configurable in some face designs.

Apple added three new faces when it introduced watchOS 2 last fall, namely Time-Lapse, Photo, and Photo Album. Those were shown when the Watch was first teased in 2014 however, and since fall 2015 the only new face has been an option exclusive to buyers of Hermes models.

The company is rumored to be working on partnerships with fashion brands beyond Hermes, which could be one reason for expanding the clock face team. Apple may also want to introduce more faces in general, though there don't appear to be any in watchOS 2.2, which might mean that people will have to wait until watchOS 3 to see additions.

Apple could make Watch announcements at a rumored March 15 press event, but if so the company is expected to focus on new physical customization options, rather than major hardware or software updates.

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by sparkyscott21 at Feb 8, 2016
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The Apple Watch user interface uses transparency in the Glances screens and elsewhere to add a subtle layering effect to the appearance of things on display. This is mostly an eye-candy effect, and while it’s quite subtle some users may wish to turn transparency effects off in WatchOS.

By disabling transparency on Apple Watch, it will improve the contrast of certain on screen elements, and may offer some other mild improvements to performance and battery life as well, simply because less processing power is used for drawing display elements.

Turning Off Transparency Effects on Apple Watch
  1. Open the Watch app on the paired iPhone and go to “My Watch”
  2. Go to General then to “Accessibility” settings
  3. Choose “Reduce Transparency” and toggle the switch to the ON position

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The effect is immediate, but quite subtle. Many users may not even notice the difference in having transparency on or off on Apple Watch.

For example, here is a glance screen with transparency turned off:

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And here is the same glance screen with transparency turned on:

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The change is understated, but note the text is slightly brighter and more legible when transparency is off.

Some users report this improves performance and battery life, which it may to some small degree as less Apple Watch resources are devoted to drawing screen elements, but personally I haven’t noticed much to that effect, with the exception of some Glances being a tad smoother to access (like the heart rate monitor...
by sparkyscott21 at Feb 8, 2016
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Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 2.2 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the second watchOS 2.2 beta and two months after releasing watchOS 2.1, the first major update to the watchOS 2 operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 2.2 has been in testing since January 11.

The third watchOS 2.2 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on an iPhone running the iOS 9.3 beta 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.

watchOS 2.2, along with iOS 9.3, introduces support for pairing multiple Apple Watches with a single iPhone. Both updates are required, with each watch running watchOS 2.2 and each iPhone running iOS 9.3. watchOS 2.2 also includes a revamped look for the built-in Maps app on the Apple Watch with access to the Nearby feature first introduced with iOS 9 and new buttons for quickly accessing directions to home and work.

There are were no other obvious outward-facing changes introduced in the first two watchOS 2.2 betas aside from the changes to the Maps app, but the update undoubtedly includes under-the-hood performance updates and bug fixes to address issues that have been discovered since the release of watchOS 2.1.

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by sparkyscott21 at Feb 5, 2016
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For a long time I’ve been skeptical of not only the Apple Watch but of smartwatches as a whole. However, a new video posted by YouTuber Mark Schey has opened my eyes to just how incredibly cool it can be to have a mini-computer on your wrist. In short, Schey summons his Tesla Model S by only using an app on his Apple Watch.

The app in question is called Remote S and it lets you start up your car using only Touch ID. In the video, Schey goes the app’s GPS screen on his Apple Watch, hard presses on it, and then picks the “Summon Reverse” option. Almost immediately afterward, his Tesla sends a signal to open up his garage door. It then turns on and slowly backs itself out onto his driveway once the door has fully opened. The car then shuts the garage door back down after it’s outside.

“Based on my limited testing, you still need to have the keyfob within range of the vehicle, but the Summon feature is 100% initiated by Remote S on the Apple Watch,” Schey explains on his YouTube page.

Check out the whole video for yourself below.




UPDATE: Schey writes in to give us an update:

It turns out you can Summon via Remote S without the keyfob nearby after all. The trick is that you need to initiate the “Keyless Start” inside the app first. This gives you a two-minute window to begin driving or, in this case, Summon the vehicle.

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