Apple surpassed Fitbit as the world’s largest wearable vendor with an estimated 3.5 million shipments of its Apple Watch. And that’s just for the first quarter. Fitbit only shipped 2.9 million of it’s fitness trackers. This number is up from the same quarter last year. With Apple only having sold 2.2 million during that time, last year. Which is incredible, right? And what is causing this boom? Who is using them? And why aren’t people buying Fitbits any more? My guess is that it’s because you can’t do the same things on your Fitbit. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does raise a few questions. At least for me.
2.9 million is certainly nothing to laugh at. That is a lot of units. And yes, the more advanced models of Fitbit can track more than just your steps. But is that enough for people? It does only allow you to track fitness, regardless of how you slice it. And maybe that’s not enough for some people. I myself made the switch late last year. I was hesitant to switch at first. What could I possibly do with an Apple Watch? I have grown to love it, but I assumed it was just an expensive fitness tracker. So why spend that much money on one?
But when it came down to it, the Apple Watch and the upper model Fitbit’s were in the same price range. So is that what is helping Apple with it’s sales? … Read the rest
“Mispelled” – A New and Ironic Game for Your Apple Watch
I’m always looking for ways to entertain myself. More specifically, when I don’t have any other option. Like, if I’m waiting at the dentist or for a doctor’s appointment. Sure, I could read one of the germ infested magazines. I can browse Twitter or Instagram (which is what I usually do), but sometimes I just get bored of that. And I’ve been looking for some kind game that I doesn’t require a lot of time or skill. Something that I can open once a week, or less often and be able to pick up where I left of. So I was pretty excited when I saw the game “Mispelled”. What is even more cool about the game is that it’s available exclusively on your Apple Watch.
Yes, you download the app to your phone, but you can’t play it on your phone. You have to play it on your watch. I wrote a piece last week around the idea of smart watch etiquette. And whether or not it’s rude to check your watch when you receive a notification. Smart watch games elevate this idea, because you’re not necessarily checking that your friend has messaged you, but rather you’re playing a game. Fortunately, this game doesn’t require constant action, but it does require you to answer a puzzle in a short amount of time.
I love the concept of this game. Which is to figure out what the word is that is misspelled. … Read the rest
Is It Rude to Check the Notifications on Your Smartwatch?
I am a relatively new Apple Watch user. But I find that when I check my watch for a notification, I appear to be giving off a rude vibe to those with me. That, however is not my intention. Maybe I need to be a bit more cognizant of how I’m using it and when. For example, instead of checking it as soon as it buzzes on my wrist I could wait for a pause in the conversation. That being said, are people without smart watches being too sensitive?
Before having a smart watch, I would see people checking theirs all the time and it honestly never phased me. But I’m finding is that people see it as a rude gesture. Like I’m checking the time because I want to leave the conversation. Which leads me to wonder if people are too sensitive, or if I am being rude. In defense of smart watch users everywhere, just because you’re checking the notification doesn’t mean you need to leave. Or have somewhere else to be. My watch buzzes to tell me of an upcoming event in my calendar. I am horrible at remembering things, so without this, I might miss appointments. That 10 or 15 minute warning on my wrist could make a world of difference. So what’s the big deal?
In an age where we are constantly connected to our devices, this is just another way of doing it. And a more subtle one I would argue. … Read the rest
Listen to podcasts offline on your Apple Watch thanks to Overcast
I love my Apple Watch. It is the best smartwatch on the market because it does what is advertised to do. Sort of. It is not a workout watch. That would be the FitBit Blaze. The main issue that I am sure we all have is that it does not really ever let you use it without your iPhone near you. Even with the new update to the OS it is still not a standalone device. There are a few apps that show us what may be possible in the future. The built in Music app lets you sync playlist for offline use. Which is great but sometimes you want to listen to a podcast while you workout or go for run.
Up to until now the only way to listen to podcast on your Apple Watch without a iPhone present was with a jailbreak tweak called WatchPlayer. That is no longer the case. Now with the latest Overcast update you can send podcasts to your Apple Watch with just a tap of a button after you’ve downloaded episodes to your iPhone. It works pretty well although keep in mind its not the fastest transfer ever. It may take a few minutes for the episode to make it to your watch depending on the size of the podcast. Also keep in mind that your play episodes doesn’t sync back to your iPhone. That means you can’t pick up where you left off from on other devices.… Read the rest
Starting June Apple Watch apps Must Work Without an iPhone
In the about time file. Starting this June 1st non-native apps won’t be approved for the App Store. That means that every single Apple Watch app must work without the need for an iPhone. Apple should have mandated this right from day one. However better late than never. So here is the deal. Specifically, Apple says anything submitted to the App Store approval starting June 1st has to be a native app running watchOS 2. One can only hope this act will result in much better quality applications than the half-baked apps we have gotten so far for the Apple Watch.
Did you know that your Apple Watch can be a bit more colorful? You can choose up to 17 different colors or even make the complications multicolored? It is super simple. In fact it takes just 3 easy steps. Here’s how. NOTE: You have to select the Modular clock face. Why the Modular clock face?The Modular clock face lets you customize five different complications on one display. Once that is done. You can customize that Watch Face by choosing the multicolor option.
While in the clock face switcher, tap Customize.
Rotate the Digital Crown counterclockwise until you get to the multicolor option.
Press the Digital Crown to set the new clock face.
That secrecy Apple use to have is gone along with its innovation. Apple can no longer keep things under wraps. You can’t completely blame Apple, they require a manufacturing partner to make the millions of devices they sell each quarter. Therefore anyone that was expecting more than what was offered today was clearly not in the loop. Also it is worth noting that Apple’s biggest product announcements happen in September. I can not wait to see what Apple comes up with to fight off the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge but for now, here is a run down of what was talked about.
The new 4-inch iPhone SE features an NFC chip for Apple Pay support, the A9 processor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.2, 12-megapixel camera and able to record video in 4K. The iPhone SE also has support for Live Photos. 3D touch and always-on ‘Hey Siri’ hanks to Apple’s M9 motion coprocessor. To no ones surprise the iPhone SE looks the same as the iPhone 5s. The iPhone SE is available in Space Grey, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. It is priced at $400 for 16GB and $500 for 64GB. Why didn’t they just start it at 32GB is beyond me. Apple’s new iPhone SE is without question the least exciting new iPhone Apple has ever unveiled. However it was not for the tech lovers out there. It was for people that just want something that works at a reasonable price.… Read the rest