iPhone Upgrade Program Customers Can Now Trade-In Their Existing iPhone by Mailing It to Apple

Posted on September 11, 2017 by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Ahead of the launch of the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple has tweaked its iPhone Upgrade Program. The tweak allows users to mail in their existing device which they will be trading-in for a new iPhone directly to Apple. Continue reading

Apple Working With Stanford and American Well To Detect Abnormal Heart Rhythms Using Apple Watch

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Apple is reportedly working with the Standford and American Well on a project which will allow the Apple Watch to detect abnormal heart rhythms.The Cupertino company wants to achieve this using the heart rate sensor in the Apple Watch itself.  Continue reading

Safari Extensions are now available in the Mac App Store

Posted on by Lory Gil.
Categories: Uncategorized.

You can now browse the Mac App Store for the Safari Extensions you need!

Safari Extensions are tools that you can add to the menu bar in your Safari browser that gives you quick access to features offered by developers. For example, you can use the 1Password extension to populate password fields with just the click of a button, or you can add items to your Amazon wish list from any website.

Previously, you had to look for Safari Extensions from a dedicated web page by opening the Safari app menu and clicking on Safari Extensions. Apple recently added these extensions directly to the Mac App Store so you can browse and find them easily.

There are dozens (hundreds?) of extensions available directly from the Safari Extensions Gallery website, but only 27 of them are available in the Mac App Store so far. Presumably, Apple will continue to update the Extensions page in the Mac App Store over time. Some of the most popular extensions, like Pinterest and AdBlock, are not listed in the Mac App Store at all.

I much prefer finding new extensions for Safari from a dedicated page in the Mac App Store. It looks better and I can quickly see if it's something I've already downloaded. Plus, extensions that are just one feature of a Mac app can be downloaded.

You can see every official Safari Extension from Apple's gallery. Click on the Mac App Store link to see what's available there.

How do you prefer to browse Safari Extensions?

Do you like the new Mac App section for Safari Extensions, or would you prefer just finding tools in Apple's Extension gallery?

Apple adds a mail-in option to its iPhone Upgrade Program

Posted on by Jessica Conditt.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Apple is adding a mail-in option to its iPhone Upgrade Program, making it easier to ditch your suddenly-outdated iPhone 7 Plus after tomorrow's 10th-anniversary iPhone showcase. First spotted by techdude13 on the MacRumors forums, the page for Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program now lists mail-in trade-in kits as an option. If you decide to have a new iPhone shipped directly to your door, Apple will also send along a package with a pre-paid shipping label so you can return that old hunk of junk.

Source: Apple

Enjoy Your Music Without the Wires [Deals Hub]

Posted on by StackSocial.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Most Bluetooth headphones still have a cord connecting the buds, even when they claim to be wireless. The HBQ i7 Twins True Wireless Earphones finally let you do away with wires entirely and enjoy your music without the hassle of tangled cords and wires that catch on everything you walk past. Get these truly wireless earbuds on sale now from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. Continue reading

Brikk announces its Lux phone case collection for iPhone 8 and iPhone X

Posted on by Tory Foulk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Every case in this new Brikk line is made from extremely expensive precious metal and gemstones. We all have like $25,000 laying around, right?

Brikk, purveyor of opulent tech accessories for the extremely wealthy, announced the launch of their new luxury phone case collection in a press release today. The collection, dubbed Lux iPhone X, includes the Mono, Classic, Deluxe, Haute, and Ingot case styles, and will range in price from about $7,500 to $70,000.

Mono, Classic, Deluxe and Haute cases are available in 24K yellow gold, 18K rose gold and 950 platinum. The Deluxe cases feature VVS/GE genuine diamond accents, and the Haute cases are customizable - you can design them with any rare material (yeah, that includes meteorite) or precious stone your little heart desires in order to create "a truly bespoke artifact."

The real treasure of this line, however, is the Ingot case. A "very rare specimen," the case has a mirror-polished back surface and is made of either 108 or 250 grams of solid 22K yellow gold. If that isn't enough for you, don't worry: like with the Haute case, customization is encouraged.

Each case comes packaged along with a user manual and any standard accessories in an aluminum container lined with carbon fiber and leather. In addition, you'll get a one-year warranty and a diamond-embedded certificate of authenticity that you'll totally want to whip out at every social gathering to prove your new purchase is the real deal.

If you're on the fence about using your extra spending money on a case from the Lux line, it might sway you a bit to know that 7% of the purchase price of each case will go hurricane relief efforts across the US. So, y'know, you can also check off your charitable deed for the week.

The cases are now available for purchase on Brikk's website, and will ship November 2017. Be right back, I'm gonna go fish under my couch cushions.

Thoughts?

How do you feel about the Lux collection for iPhone 8 and iPhone X? Let us know in the comments!

How to unpair and restore the Apple Watch

Posted on by Serenity Caldwell.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Whether you've hit the troubleshooting step that requires restoring your watch or you want to wipe it clean for a new user, here's how to unpair and restore your Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch is a great piece of tech, but even great pieces of tech need a complete restore now and again. Whether you want to pair your Apple Watch with a new phone, restore it to factory settings to troubleshoot it, or plan to pass it on to a new owner, you're going to need to unpair it from your current iPhone, back up its data, and disable Activation Lock so that it can be set up again.

How to unpair your Apple Watch via the Watch app

  1. Go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap your active watch at the top of the My Watch screen.
  3. Tap the info button to the right of your current watch.
  4. Select Unpair Apple Watch.

  5. Confirm the process by pressing Unpair [watch name].
  6. Disable Activation Lock by entering your Apple ID password and pressing Unpair.
  7. Your watch will now begin backing up your watch's latest data to your iPhone. Once it's finished, it will unpair itself from your current iPhone, delete all active Bluetooth accessory pairings, remove any Apple Pay cards used on Apple Watch, and wipe the passcode. Finally, your watch will restore itself to Apple's factory settings.

  8. Once this has finished, make a backup of your current iPhone if you want to make sure your Apple Watch data is safe and secure.

It'll take a few moments to back up your Apple Watch and complete the sync and wipe process. Once finished, however, the Apple Watch will have been reset to its factory default settings, and you can proceed.

How to unpair your Apple Watch directly on the smartwatch

Note: When you unpair your Apple Watch via your iPhone's Watch app, it automatically syncs and backs up the latest data from your smartwatch before restoring it to factory settings. It's the best and smartest way to save your most recent data. Unpairing directly from the watch does not create a backup, nor does it automatically disable Activation Lock. (And remember, while Activation Lock is enabled, a new user won't be able to set up the Apple Watch.) If you absolutely need a current backup, make sure you unpair using the Watch app.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap on the General setting.
  3. Select Reset.

  4. Tap on Erase All Content and Settings.
  5. Type in your passcode (if enabled).
  6. Tap on Continue to confirm the reset.

  7. Once the Apple Watch has finished restoring, navigate to iCloud.com from your computer's web browser to disable Activation Lock.
  8. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  9. Click on Settings.

  10. Select your Apple Watch under My Devices.
  11. Click on the X next to your Apple Watch to remove it.
  12. Click Remove to confirm.

Any Apple Watch unpairing questions?

Any questions about unpairing your Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments!

Updated September 2017: Rewritten for watchOS 4.

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Apple’s Greg Joswiak says privacy and smart AI are not mutually exclusive

Posted on by Tory Foulk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Though many think Apple's commitment to user privacy is holding Siri back, Apple's VP of Marketing disagrees.

Many big tech companies, such as Google and Amazon, train and develop their virtual assistants by analyzing as much data about an individual user as they can get their hands on - usually from that user's cloud services and any devices they might have. However, due to its dedication to protecting privacy, Apple does its best to abstain from collecting personally identifiable user data on its servers. In fact, much of the data collected for Siri is done on-device. This changes just a bit every time Apple improves Siri's functions. For example, access to iCloud allows the Siri to learn better and more deeply integrate with the rest of your devices. Apple does plan to allow Siri to communicate across devices to learn more about users - but the change isn't huge. And in instances that do involve the cloud, it is stripped of a user ID and encrypted, thus making it completely anonymous.

In an interview published today for Fast Company, Apple's VP of Marketing Greg Joswiak responded to critics who say that respect for privacy is hindering the development of Siri's AI:

Your device is incredibly powerful, and it's even more powerful with each generation. And with our focus on privacy, we're able to really take advantage of exploiting that power with things like machine learning on your device to create an incredible experience without having to compromise your data.

Apple Senior VP of Software Craig Federighi added to Joswiak's commentary in an email to Fast Company, stating that Siri's power will only increase with iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4:

With the software update coming this fall, users will experience even more Siri functionality, and in the years to come it will be ever more integral to the core user experience on all of our platforms.

Thoughts? Questions?

Do you think Apple's steadfast commitment to protecting user data prevents Siri from reaching its full potential? Let us know in the comments!

How to restart and reset your Apple Watch

Posted on by Serenity Caldwell.
Categories: Uncategorized.

A reset, restart, or reboot is sometimes the best way fix a problem, even on the Apple Watch.

Whether you're suffering unusual power drain, erratic performance, or you just want to save your battery for later, you can always turn off your Apple Watch and reboot it. It's the oldest trick in the troubleshooting book, and yes, it works on the Apple Watch too. Here's how to turn your watch off the regular way, and how to force it to restart if necessary.

How to turn off your Apple Watch and reboot it

  1. Press and hold down the side button until you see three horizontal sliders.
  2. Drag the Power Off slider to the right.

    Note: Your Apple Watch must be disconnected from its charger to use the Power Off slider; otherwise, the slider is disabled.

  3. Press and hold down the side button until you see the Apple logo.

How to force restart your Apple Watch

  1. Press and hold the Digital Crown and Side button at the same time.
  2. Hold until the screen goes dark and the Apple logo appears.

How to reset your Home Screen layout

Not a fan of the honeycomb design you've set for your Apple Watch's home screen? You can return it to its factory defaults via the Watch app on iPhone.

  1. Open the Watch app.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab.
  3. Select Reset.

  4. Tap Reset Home Screen Layout. 5, Confirm your choice by tapping Reset Home Screen.

How to reset your iCloud sync data

If you're having problems with contacts or calendar data properly syncing, you can use a setting inside the Watch app to reboot that connection. After you enable this feature, your Apple Watch's contacts and calendars will be erased and replaced with the most recent iCloud sync from your iPhone. (This is especially useful if you're seeing phone numbers on your Apple Watch instead of names.)

  1. Open the Watch app.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab.
  3. Select Reset.
  4. Tap Reset Sync Data.

Questions about rebooting or resetting your Apple Watch?

Let us know in the comments!

Updated Septemeber 2017: Updated for watchOS 4.

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Apple TV 4K May Feature Siri Remote With Haptic Feedback

Posted on by Evan Selleck.
Categories: Uncategorized.
The weekend saw a lot of details surface regarding future Apple products, including the upcoming and oft-rumored Apple TV with 4K HDR support. Continue reading

Best Clear Cases for iPhone 7

Posted on by Jared DiPane.
Categories: Uncategorized.

What are the best clear cases for the iPhone 7? If you want to show off your color choice there are lots of options, let's see what they are!

If you love the look of your iPhone 7 and would rather not hide it under a case, but you still want to protect it, then consider a clear case! Clear cases can be minimalist and light or heavy duty — all depends on your preference.

Here are the best you can get!

Speck Presidio

If you want to have a protective case that doesn't take away from the beauty of your iPhone 7 color choice, Speck's Presidio case is the way to go. The case provides a solid layer of protection that is designed to take impact to the phone, and it won't yellow over time, so it will remain crystal clear.

With its scratch-resistant coating, you can ensure that both your phone and case stay looking great, and the precise cutouts make it easy to access all your ports. You may pay a bit more for this case than other clear ones (about $16), but it is worth every penny you pay for it.

See at Amazon

Spigen Ultra Hybrid

Spigen is a well-known case maker, and the company offers a number of options to match various preferences. If you are looking for a great thin clear case, this may be the one to consider. The case offers a form fit, and is fully clear, allowing you to show off the back and sides of the phone and keep them protected.

You won't add bulk to the phone, and it keeps it easy to hold thanks to its hard back and TPU-coated sides. Coming in at $12 on Amazon, you really can't go wrong by picking up one of these to try out.

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Otterbox Symmetry

Otterbox is known for its protective cases, and the Symmetry line offers that protection in a slimmer profile. The Symmetry series offers a number of different color choice and pattern options, but recently Otterbox added a clear version to the lineup. Whether you want to show off the shiny new jet black or the luxe rose gold iPhone 7, this is a great way to do that while keeping it protected.

Otterbox has spent hundreds of hours testing the case to make sure it will keep your phone protected while still looking great. It may be a bit more expensive than some of the others at $36, but it is money well spent.

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Caseology Skyfall

Clear cases are traditionally, well ... clear. These come with accent colors so you can still show off a bit of your style while showing off the color of your phone. Caseology offers its Skyfall Series cases with a variety of accent colors so that you can find one that looks great with your phone, and even mix and match a bit.

The coloring is around the edges, with the main part of the back remaining clear. It maintains a slim profile while preventing scratches on your phone, and is extremely affordable, starting around $14.

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Ringke Air

If you are looking for a protective clear case that maintains a super slim profile, this is the one for you. Ringke is able to pack MIL-STD 810G - 516.6 Certified Military Grade Drop Protection in a slim, form-fitting case that doesn't add much weight to the phone. The case will keep your phone looking great, let you show off the color of it, and prevent damages if you happen to drop it.

The company is offering a crystal clear version, as well as some with a color tint so that they are mostly clear but have a slight tint to match your preference. For $10 at Amazon, you could easily pick a few of these up to swap between.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle Style

Supcase makes some of the best rugged cases around, so if you're looking for great protection, then look no further. We regularly recommend the Unicorn Beetle Pro, but this time we're recommending the Unicorn Beetle Style, which, as its name might imply, is a more slender, sexier alternative.

The Style cases feature a hard polycarbonate back with a more flexible TPU bumper around the edges. The PC is clear, while the TPU comes in black, navy blue, green, and pink, so you can admire your iPhone 7 while enjoying a little splash of color. For $15, this is a hell of a deal and a great case if you need more protection than what minimalist cases can offer.

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Your favorite?

Do you have a favorite clear case that isn't listed here? There are so many great options that are available out there, but we can't list each and every one of them. Be sure to drop a link in the comments along with a brief explanation as to why it is your favorite!

Updated September 2017: Added the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Style and prices to each selection.

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Greg Joswiak Talks Siri and a False Narrative Around Security

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Categories: Uncategorized.
Siri has improved over the years, but when compared to competitor products like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, some believe that it is Apple’s focus on security that is holding back their own endeavors. Continue reading

Two new Amazon Fire TV models to be released in 2017

Posted on by Tory Foulk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Amazon is currently working on two new Amazon Fire TV models to be released later this year, one of which features complete Alexa integration.

Today AFTVNews confirmed in an exclusive article that the releases will consist of a mid-tier model and a new flagship model, and both will be capable of 4K HDR video at 60 fps. For consumers unfamiliar with the terminology, that means increased sharpness and clarity and more lush, vivid colors. However, there will be quite a few differences between the two devices.

The new mid-range model will be a compact device similar to the Google Chromecast, with a permanently attached HDMI cable and a micro USB port for attaching a power cord. In a leaked benchmark, it was also discovered that the device will have a 1.5 GHz quad core CPU and 2 GB of RAM, and it is speculated that it will also feature the same 8 GB of internal storage as the Fire TV models that have come before it. This makes it a bit more powerful than the most recent Amazon Fire TV Stick, but still less powerful than the current Amazon Fire TV.

The new flagship model is even more exciting: according to AFTVNews, "it essentially combines the functionality of a Fire TV, an Echo Dot, and an IR emitter, like the Harmony Hub, into a single device." Sure, Amazon has already made it possible to control the current line of Fire TV models using an external Alexa-enabled device (like the Echo Dot), but this one will have Alexa built right in - blue LED light bar, mute button, far-field microphones and all - so no additional external device will be necessary. Users will be able to change the input, control the volume and much more with their voice and Fire TV alone. On top of all that, the IR emitter Amazon is adding to the device will allow you to control most other televisions and A/V equipment in your home as well.

As for price, it's uncertain what either of the devices will cost as they haven't officially been announced yet. However, AFTVNews speculates the mid-range device will set you back between $60 and $80, and the new flagship device will cost upwards of $100. Both will likely be released before 2017 is over, though the release date for the more feature-heavy model may be pushed into early 2018.

Thoughts?

How do you feel about the features Amazon is adding to its Fire TV products? Let us know in the comments!

7 Things We Know About the iPhone X From the Massive iOS 11 GM Leak

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Up until last week, Apple had done a pretty good job of keeping the iPhone X and its various features from leaking. The HomePod firmware did provide some details about the iPhone X but compared to the previous few years, the leaks surrounding the handset were very low and dubious. Continue reading

How to back up your Apple Watch

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How do you back up your Apple Watch? Automatically!

Apple offers automatic backup services for most of its devices these days, and your Apple Watch is no exception. Here's how the Apple Watch syncs your important data, and how you can force it to trigger a backup.

How Apple Watch backups work

Whenever your Watch is connected your iPhone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, it automatically syncs your latest Health, Workout, Activity, and app data; this information then gets bundled as an Apple Watch backup into your iPhone's iCloud or encrypted iTunes backup, depending on how you choose to safeguard your phone.

Note: If you use unencrypted iTunes backups to back up your iPhone, you'll lose out on saving any Health data — make sure you're backing up via iCloud or an encrypted iTunes backup! You can also back up your health data separately, but it's not nearly as easy of a process (and you'll lose all your Activity achievements).

As such, what you might think of as a backup is really more of a "sync" — the Apple Watch syncs to your iPhone, where its information is then siloed into a Watch backup file. This is also why you can't force a manual Apple Watch backup in the same way you can press "Back Up Now" for the iPhone's iCloud backup service; since your Apple Watch is constantly syncing even when it's not connected to Wi-Fi, you don't need to manually sync it.

What will my iPhone sync?

According to Apple's backup support document, here's the information that your Apple Watch regularly syncs to your iPhone:

  • App-specific data (for built-in apps) and settings (for built-in and third-party apps). For example, Maps, distance, and units and your settings for Mail, Calendar, Stocks and weather. 
  • App layout on the Home screen
  • Clock face settings, including your current watch face, customizations, and order 
  • Dock settings, including the order and available apps 
  • General system settings, such as your watch face, brightness, sound, and haptic settings
  • Health and Fitness data, such as history, achievements, Workout and Activity calibration data from your Apple Watch, and user-entered data (To back up Health and Fitness data, you need to use iCloud or an encrypted iTunes backup.)
  • Notification settings
  • Playlists synced to your Apple Watch
  • Synced photo album (To see which album syncs, open the Apple Watch app, tap the My Watch tab, then tap Photos > Synced Album.) 
  • Time Zone

What won't my iPhone sync?

In general, the Apple Watch won't sync anything to your iPhone that might pose a security issue. Specifically, that includes the following:

  • Bluetooth pairings
  • Credit or debit cards used for Apple Pay on your Apple Watch
  • Passcode for your Apple Watch

As such, if you need to unpair and re-pair your Apple Watch — either as a troubleshooting measure, to force a sync, or to switch to a new iPhone — you'll need to re-pair your non-W1 Bluetooth accessories, re-enter your Apple Pay cards, and set up your passcode again.

How often does my iPhone sync to my Apple Watch?

It's a similar cycle to that of services like iCloud Photo Library and the like — any time your devices are within range, it feeds a steady stream of data between the two. Unlike most of iCloud's services, however, the Apple Watch can use either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi; as such, if you've hiked out into the wilderness with your watch and your iPhone, you can still sync your Activity data without a hotspot present (assuming the Bluetooth connection is strong enough).

Does my Watch backup live locally on my iPhone or in iCloud?


When you initially sync data between your Watch and iPhone, that information lives locally on your iPhone. When you back up your iPhone, your Watch backup will then save to either iCloud or iTunes, depending on the backup type you employ.

As such, even if you lose your iPhone, as long as you've backed it up recently and have access to your Apple ID, you can restore your Apple Watch with little to no loss of information.

Can my Apple Watch save data even when it's not connected to my iPhone?

Yup! Whether you're going running sans iPhone or you've decided to take a weekend camping trip solely with your Apple Watch, whatever exercise and health data you create while away will save locally to your Apple Watch (up to 30 days' worth of information) until you're once again in range of your iPhone.

So if the Apple Watch just syncs data to iPhone, what's an Apple Watch backup?

When you sync data from your Apple Watch to your iPhone, it doesn't just end up in the random free-floating package of an iPhone backup — iOS puts this data in a specially-labeled Apple Watch container. As a result, if you ever have to un-pair and re-pair your Apple Watch, or you upgrade to a new Apple Watch, you'll be able to use that data to restore it to its former self.

Where this differs from other backups is that you'll need the original iPhone you paired it with (or a new iPhone restored from your old iPhone's backup) if you want to access your Apple Watch's information — you can't just restore directly from iCloud. (Maybe next year with watchOS 5.)

Can I send my Watch backup to my friend's iPhone?

Nope: As we mentioned above, your Watch backup is intrinsically tied to your iPhone and its backup, so you can't send your Watch's data to your friend's iPhone.

That said, there is a way to move Watch data from an old iPhone to a new one: If your new iPhone gets restored from your old iPhone's backup, you can restore your watch from a backup when you re-pair it without a problem.

How to pair an existing Apple Watch with a new iPhone

How to manually back up your Apple Watch

As mentioned above, there's no "Back up" button in the Watch app to manually sync your Apple Watch, largely because you don't need it. But if you're upgrading to a new Apple Watch (or switching to a new iPhone) and want to make sure every last bit of data has been synced, you can do so by un-pairing your Apple Watch when both it and your iPhone are connected. This will trigger one last sync with your iPhone before wiping your Apple Watch to factory defaults.

Note: Because you can't use your current Apple Watch while it's unpaired from your iPhone, we recommend waiting until you have both your old and new iPhone (or old and new Apple Watch) in hand before starting this process.

  1. Go to the Apple Watch app on your old iPhone.
  2. Tap your active watch at the top of the My Watch screen.
  3. Tap the info button to the right of your current watch.
  4. Select Unpair Apple Watch.

  5. Confirm the process by pressing Unpair [watch name].
  6. Disable Activation Lock by entering your Apple ID password and pressing Unpair.
  7. Your watch will now begin backing up your watch's latest data to your iPhone. Once it's finished, it will unpair itself from your current iPhone, delete all active Bluetooth accessory pairings, remove any Apple Pay cards used on Apple Watch, and wipe the passcode. Finally, your watch will restore itself to Apple's factory settings.

How to restore your Apple Watch from backup

Once you've forced a backed up for your Apple Watch, you'll want to restore it if you plan on continuing to use it with your existing iPhone. Here's how to go about it.

How to restore your Apple Watch from backup

Any other questions?

Still curious about Apple Watch and backups? Give us a shout if you have any other questions and we'll try to answer them.

Updated September 2017: Updated for watchOS 4 and added information about the watch's offline storage capability.

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Tim Cook: The latest on Apple’s CEO

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Tim Cook is Apple's CEO and a member of their board of directors, and the reason that Apple products can be both manufactured and sold less-expensively than ever. A logistical mastermind with an uncanny ability to recollect facts and figures, Cook has led Apple's climb up the profit and stock charts to record levels.

Here's everything you need to know.

September 11, 2017: Apple's impact on health, education, and the environment

In a new interview, Cook talks about Apple's impact on the world, both through its products, as well as how it runs itself as a company. Cook points to things such as the company's attempts to run its facilities across the world on 100% renewable power, its efforts to bring coding curriculums to classrooms, and its work in privacy.

From Fortune:

So that's the primary way we change the world. We also try to change the world by the way we run the company. And whether that's being very focused on the environment and making sure that we have a no-carbon footprint, essentially, or running our company on 100% renewable energy. We advocate for human rights, because Apple has always been about making products for everyone. And, arguably, if people are treated as second-class citizens in any part of the world, then it's kind of hard to accomplish that objective. We believe education is a great equalizer. And so we try our best to bring education to the mainstream. And right now our major thrust is in coding because we think that coding is the sort of the second language for everyone in the world. And that's regardless of whether they're in technology or not. I think that you don't have to be in technology for coding to be very important.

Cook also touched on how Apple prices its products, and pushed back when it was suggested that Apple's prices were too high.

But if you look across our product lines, you can buy an iPad today for under $300. You can buy an iPhone, depending upon which one you select, for in that same kind of ballpark. And so these are not for the rich. We obviously wouldn't have over a billion products that are in our active installed base if we were making them for the rich because that's a sizable number no matter who's looking at the numbers

August 31, 2017: Hurricane Harvey's impact on Apple and what the company is doing

Apple previously made it possible to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts through iTunes and App Store, and donated $2 million directly. Now, Tim Cook has updated employees on how much Apple customers, and Apple employees through a 2:1 matching program, have donated.

Buzzfeed scored the email:

As you know, Hurricane Harvey is having a devastating impact on Texas and Louisiana. Our thoughts are with our employees in the storm zone and the millions of people whose lives have been disrupted by rain, wind and floods. I want to update you on some of the things Apple has been doing to help, and ways that you can get involved.

On the ground, Apple's global crisis management team is working to support our employees directly affected by the flooding in Texas. The team is in close contact with Apple employees in the Houston area, and they're actively doing everything they can to assist, including moving some employees and their families to safety. Apple employees in the Houston area have generously been helping people displaced by the flooding by opening their homes to team members and their families, and in some cases, assisting in rescue operations. We're also proud that the US Coast Guard is using Apple products in those efforts, with nearly two dozen USCG helicopters specially equipped with iPads to help coordinate search and rescue teams.

As Harvey was making landfall, we put in motion critical donation programs. Apple is making it easy for customers to donate directly to the American Red Cross through the App Store, iTunes and apple.com, and we're matching employee donations two-for-one. Thanks to your generosity and that of our users, Apple has helped raise more than $1 million in just the past few days. That's in addition to the $2 million Apple pledged to the Red Cross over the weekend.

Though our stores in the Houston area are still closed today, we're working hard to get as many as possible open tomorrow to serve people who have been impacted by the storm. Our teams are eager to help with problems large and small, and they know there are lots of people in that area who need it.

I was in Austin the day before Harvey came ashore, and the team was already bracing for the storm and the long recovery. Today that work continues. At our Austin campuses, we are kicking off a donation drive in partnership with the Central Texas Food Bank and Caffè Macs to collect food, diapers and personal hygiene items — all things that are critical in the aftermath of a storm of this magnitude.

Because Texas is home to more than 8,700 of our coworkers, the storm's impact is felt by all of us. There's still much to do, and Apple is committed to help.

The U.S Red Cross also takes Apple Pay, and you can donate to local relief efforts on the ground as well.

August 28, 2017: Apple has a 'moral responsibility' to 'contribute to this country and to contribute to the other countries'

In a new interview, Tim Cook comments on the dwindling functionality of government and the importance of companies and other areas of society to step up and contribute in the U.S. and around the world.

"I think we have a moral responsibility to help grow the economy, to help grow jobs, to contribute to this country and to contribute to the other countries that we do business in," he said.

He added, "I think there's still probably a more significant group that feels my sole responsibility is to Wall Street."

Cook also touched on the newly expanded App Development with Swift curriculum, announced last Friday in Austin.

He said he had chosen to focus on getting the curriculum to community colleges, rather than four-year colleges, because "as it turns out, the community college system is much more diverse than the four-year schools, particularly the four-year schools that are known for comp sci." He noted that "there is a definite diversity issue in tech, in particular in coding and computer scientists."

Apple has already rolled out the curriculum in Alabama, Ohio and Pennsylvania, among other states. "You want it to increase the diversity of people that are in there, both racial diversity, gender diversity, but also geographic diversity," Mr. Cook said. "Right now, the benefits of tech are too lopsided to certain states." (Like California.)

August 24, 2017: Tim Cook goes on tour, hits CTS in Cincinnati, Data Center plans and Apple Store visits in Iowa

Tim Cook is touring the midwest and sharing his visits at manufacturing partners, future data center sites, a school, and Apple Stores on Twitter.

CTS creates equipment that tests the water resistance of Apple Watch and iPhone 7 (and presumably later) devices.

(And yes, the Internet is now fascinated with what was in Tim Cook's pockets...)

As iCloud, Apple Music, App Store, and all of Apple's other services businesses continue to grow, and the company completes its move off of AWS and Azure to its own server infrastructure, Apple is bringing more and more data centers online. They serve to both highlight the companies ecologically-friendly policies but also the realities of serving both customers and increasingly nationalistic governments who want jobs and data in the region they're serving.

Apple is also focusing on education and bringing coding in general and Swift, its next-generation programming language, in particular to schools and kids.

Cook and Apple are expected to announce more along those lines tomorrow.

August 16, 2017: Tim Cook condemns hate, pledges donations to SPLC, ADL

Tim Cook has sent a note to Apple employees sharing his feelings and the company's plans following the recent demonstrations and attack in Charlottesville.

Recode obtained a copy of the note and has shared it, as follows:

Team,

Like so many of you, equality is at the core of my beliefs and values. The events of the past several days have been deeply troubling for me, and I've heard from many people at Apple who are saddened, outraged or confused.

What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country. Hate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path. Its scars last generations. History has taught us this time and time again, both in the United States and countries around the world.

We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it. This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality. I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.

Regardless of your political views, we must all stand together on this one point — that we are all equal. As a company, through our actions, our products and our voice, we will always work to ensure that everyone is treated equally and with respect.

I believe Apple has led by example, and we're going to keep doing that. We have always welcomed people from every walk of life to our stores around the world and showed them that Apple is inclusive of everyone. We empower people to share their views and express themselves through our products.

In the wake of the tragic and repulsive events in Charlottesville, we are stepping up to help organizations who work to rid our country of hate. Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees' donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30.

In the coming days, iTunes will offer users an easy way to join us in directly supporting the work of the SPLC.

Dr. Martin Luther King said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." So, we will continue to speak up. These have been dark days, but I remain as optimistic as ever that the future is bright. Apple can and will play an important role in bringing about positive change.

Best,

Tim

Cook has a history of staying engaged with people and in places where he believes Apple can use its considerable influence to affect change. It remains to be seen how or if that might change going forward.

June 16, 2017: Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs, AR, and Trump in new interview

If Tim Cook wants one thing to outlast him at Apple, it's the legacy of late co-founder Steve Jobs. In a recent interview, Cook spoke about how tied the company still was to Jobs' ideals, even five and a half years after his death. sweating the small details, building for quality, and understanding the importance of user experience, Cook says, are baked into Apple's foundation.

From Bloomberg:

In essence, these principles that Steve learned over many years are the basis for Apple. It doesn't mean the company hasn't changed. The company's going to change. It's going to go into different product areas. It's going to learn and adjust. Many things have changed in the company, even in the last six to seven years. But our "Constitution" shouldn't change. It should remain the same. I think of it as a North Star. It's always important to have that in mind as you make decisions. It ­actually makes decision-making much simpler.

Cook was also asked about some of Apple's recent announcements, including the upcoming HomePod speaker and the company's forays into augmented reality (AR). On where AR is going, Cook had this to say:

You'll see things happening in enterprises where AR is ­fundamental to what they're doing. You're going to see some consumer things that are unbelievably cool. Can we do everything we want to do now? No. The technology's not complete yet. But that's the beauty to a certain degree. This has a runway. And it's an incredible runway. It's time to put the seat belt on and go. When people begin to see what's possible, it's going to get them very excited—like we are, like we've been.

Cook also talked about Apple's efforts in enterprise technology, the company's advanced manufacturing fund, and his experience working with President Donald Trump:

We're dramatically different. I hope there's some areas where we're not. His focus on jobs is good. So we'll see. Pulling out of the Paris climate accord was very disappointing. I felt a responsibility to do every single thing I could for it not to happen. I think it's the wrong decision. If I see another opening on the Paris thing, I'm going to bring it up again.

Bloomberg's full interview with Tim Cook will be available in the June 19 edition of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.

What's Tim Cook's background?

Born Timothy Donald Cook on December 1, 1960, in Robertsdale, Alabama, after graduating from Auburn University with a B.S. in industrial engineering in 1982, he got his M.B.A from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1988. He worked as COO of Intelligent Electronics, Director of North American Fulfillment at IBM, and as VP of Corporate Materials at Compaq. Then, in 1998, after a meeting with Steve Jobs, Cook joined Apple as SVP of Worldwide Operations. In 2005 Cook joined Nike's board of directors.

When did Tim Cook become CEO of Apple?

Cook became Apple's COO in 2007, and served as interim CEO in 2004 and 2009 while Jobs was on medical leave. When Steve Jobs resigned as CEO in 2011, Tim Cook was named Apple's new CEO and a member of their board of directors.

What defines 'Tim Cook's Apple'?

Since becoming CEO, Cook has reshaped Apple's executive management, placed a greater emphasis on charitable donations, political action, and Apple's moral center and core values, and has overseen the introduction of everything from the iPhone 4s to the iPad Air and new Mac Pro.

Can you follow Tim Cook on Twitter?

Sure can:

Tim Cook Talks About Changing The World in Many Ways in New Interview

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How to prepare your iPhone for a new Apple Watch

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Buying your first Apple Watch (or a new model)? We've got everything you need to get your iPhone ready.

Chances are pretty good that we'll see the Apple Watch Series 3 debut next week, and that means it's time to start thinking about whether you want to upgrade — or, if you've never bought an Apple Watch before, whether you want to jump on-board the watch train.

If a new Apple Watch interests you, it might be worth preparing your iPhone to take advantage of that technology — and whether you end up with a wearable or not, these steps double as pretty good fall cleaning tips for your device.

Make sure your iPhone can work with your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 both work with phone models newer than the iPhone 4s; if you own an iPhone 5 or later, you'll be able to access all of your watch's features. But we don't know if the same will be true of the Series 3: With rumored LTE support, it may be the first Apple Watch which doesn't even need a phone to function.

Update your iPhone to iOS 11 when it arrives

The new Apple Watch models will ship with watchOS 4, Apple's latest smartwatch software, and one that requires iOS 11 to sync and interact with your iPhone. If you want everything to go smoothly with your Apple Watch, pay attention to the iOS 11 release dates — and install it when you can.

How download a software update to your iPhone

Find your Apple Watch apps

All Apple Watch apps are iPhone apps, too, so you can download the ones you want for your Series 3 without having to wait for it to actually show up.

Ten Apple Watch apps that you should download right now!

Best third-party Apple Watch complications

Give fitness apps access to the Health app

One of the Apple Watch's best features is its fitness tracking. While you could do all of your workouts directly from the Workouts app, there are plenty of great third-party fitness apps that might be more applicable to your specific sport. But before you can use your Apple Watch with these apps, you'll need to check and see if they support the company's smartwatch and the Health app repository.

How to let App Store apps access the Health app for iPhone

Best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch

Make a plan for possible LTE data

Assuming the Series 3 Apple Watch does in fact have LTE data, you'll probably want to figure out how you'd use it (and how much money you'd be willing to spend to get said access). We'll have charts up as soon as we know more about the Series 3, but for now, it's worth making a personal tally over how much money you'd be willing to part with per month.

Find some workout buddies

My personal favorite part of watchOS is battling my friends for daily Activity Sharing challenges — there's nothing like being able to send a quick "Nailed it!" to your friend after they finish a hard workout. As such, to fully take advantage of the Apple Watch, you should make sure that you have at least a few friends in your digital corner; what you say to those friends after is up to you.

Other suggestions?

How do you prepare for a new Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments!

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iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Specs Based on Leaks

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Alongside the iPhone X, Apple will also be unveiling the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on September 12. The iOS 11 GM leak from over the weekend might have primarily spilled details about the iPhone X, but it also provided us enough data to give us an idea of the specs and features the other two iPhones will pack. Continue reading

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