A Welsh man on Tuesday won a small-claims case against Apple, one which accused the company of violating the region's Sale of Goods Act in refusing to honor his Apple Watch warranty.
The company has been ordered to refund the cost of Gareth Cross' Apple Watch Sport — £339 (about $489) — and pay an additional £429 ($618) in expenses, according to BBC News. More significantly the company is altering its marketing for the product to no longer claim it's impact-resistant.
Cross bought the Watch in July, and said he noticed a crack in the cover glass 10 days later. When he tried to get it repaired under warranty he was denied.
"I hadn't even been doing anything strenuous, just sitting around watching TV," he told the BBC. "When I got to work the hairline crack had got bigger and bigger so I called Apple up to get it repaired."
Cross commented that despite the case becoming "stressful," given the prospect of facing one of the world's biggest corporations in court, he will eventually buy another Watch. "But I may wait until the next model is out," he said.
In spite of its name the Sport is actually less rugged that the regular Watch. While the latter features a sapphire screen and a steel body, the Sport uses Apple's "Ion-X" glass and aluminum. It is substantially cheaper however, in the U.S. costing at least $200 less.
AppleInsider reports today on a strong rumour that says that trial production is set to start later this month for the second-generation Apple Watch. According to Taiwan’s Commercial Times, Quanta will be handling the trial production process, but Apple may also involve some of its other supply chain partners such as Foxconn, Inventec, and Wistron to increase production capacity if needed.
As is typical for a trial production stage, this initial run will be small-scale, and designed to identify any potential problems in the watch so that they can be fixed prior to the main production period. It usually occurs just before mass production begins, so if true, this news could be a very good indication that the release of the second-generation Apple Watch could be happening in the next few months.
This would also tie in with comments made by Quanta’s chairman last November, when he said that the second-generation Apple Watch would be on sale by the end of the second quarter of 2016.
In a potential sign that new Apple Watch hardware could be around the corner, Apple's newly released iOS 9.3 beta gives developers the ability to pair multiple Apple Watches with an iPhone.
In the release notes for iOS 9.3 beta 1, Apple reveals that the Apple Watch app can pair with multiple watches at a time. This requires that the Apple Watch also be running watchOS 2.2, the first beta of which was also released on Monday.
Apple didn't explain why users might want to connect multiple Apple Watches to an iPhone, but it's easy to see why the capability might be advantageous from a developer's perspective. Connecting multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone would allow a developer to more easily test their applications and see how they behave, without the need for multiple iPhones.
Of course, this ability would take on even more significance if Apple were to release a new Apple Watch with revamped hardware. Presumably, the ability to connect multiple watches to an iPhone would allow a developer to test their apps on faster second-generation hardware, alongside first-generation units.
It's unknown if Apple plans to offer multi-watch support to end users whenever iOS 9.3 publicly launches. But doing so could allow some of Apple's more affluent and fashion-conscious consumers to own multiple styles and colors for different occasions.
Google has updated two of its key iOS apps, bringing 3D Touch support to Chrome, and direct quick replies to Hangouts notifications — including on the Apple Watch.
Chrome's 3D Touch commands consist of Quick Actions accessible from the iOS homescreen. On the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, pressing down on the app's icon will now show options to open a regular or incognito tab, or launch a voice search.
The browser now also supports more shortcuts for Bluetooth keyboards. These allow opening, closing, or switching tabs, as well as triggering voice functions.
Hangouts' Apple Watch support doesn't yet include a full app, but is instead a result of general support for notification replies. On the Watch, users can either pick from a group of pre-written replies or use voice dictation.
Among other improvements in the messaging app are the inclusion of group names in general notifications, and contact names in Google Voice alerts.
Both apps are free to download, and will run on any phone or tablet with iOS 7 or later.
A recent study conducted by smartwatch market research firm Wristly found an overall lack of performance the common thread between unsatisfied Apple Watch owners, though roughly half of respondents said they would consider buying a second-generation model.
Wristly, which in a recent study found Apple Watch to have a 97 percent satisfaction rate among owners, polled more than 330 users who were ultimately dissatisfied with their purchase to find a general lack of value was by far the most cited reason buyers parted ways with Apple Watch. Some 89 percent of respondents said the device was a poor cost/benefit proposition.
More telling, however, are the 80 percent who found Watch's feature set limited. When Apple Watch first launched some derided the device for its lack of onboard GPS and cellular radios, a heavy reliance on data tethering and opaque GUI controls. Apple addressed certain issues, like native app support and third-party watch face complications, with the release of watchOS 2 in September.
The study also found a good portion of owners unsatisfied with Watch's performance and poor battery life, though it is unclear whether customers were referring to unresponsive non-native watchOS apps or sluggish hardware.
Interestingly, 53 percent of respondents found Apple Watch's tilt-to-activate screen function "annoying." Employed as a power saving feature, Apple Watch's display remains off unless triggered by a raise of the wrist, a screen tap or button press. While Apple's raise-to-wake mechanism is responsive in comparison to other smartwatches, it's nowhere near as convenient as a...