source Hollis Johnson/Business Insider The 2019 iPhone was predicted by prolific Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kup to come with reverse wireless charging. A new report from Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara supports Kuo’s predictions after supposedly receiving information from a Chinese supplier that also provided the reverse wireless tech for Samsung’s recent Galaxy S10 smartphones. Reverse wireless charging on iPhones would allow users to charge other wireless charging devices, like the Apple Watch and Apple’s new wireless charging AirPods, and even other iPhones and smartphones. The iPhones that Apple will announce later this year may come with reverse wireless charging, if a report from Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara citing a Chinese supplier’s source is to be believed. Reverse wireless charging is a feature that lets you charge other wireless charging devices, including other smartphones, from the back of a smartphone. It was first … [Read more...] about Apple’s next iPhones could have a feature that charges the Apple Watch, new AirPods, and even other iPhones
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In early 2018, I did some math and came to the conclusion that I was paying AT&T too much for monthly service on my Apple Watch Series 3. The peace of mind, at that time, just wasn't worth the $13 or so I was paying each month on top of my wireless plan.Also: I canceled my Apple Watch Series 3 data plan and here's whyI canceled my Apple Watch's data plan and enjoyed the additional battery life that I gained from turning off the cellular functionality on the watch.The feedback I received from that article was mostly positive, with fellow users echoing the sentiment that paying $10 a month for the minor amount of data a smartwatch uses is too expensive.I kept the data plan disabled until the Apple Watch Series 4 was announced -- when I once again ordered the cellular model. After it arrived, I reactivated my plan, and I've been paying for cellular connectivity on my watch. My original thinking was that I would test out the watch and watchOS 5 (which improved the Music experience … [Read more...] about Looking back at 2018: Why I changed my mind about the Apple Watch’s data plan
If you're in the market for an Apple Watch Series 4, chances are you've already heard about its new EKG feature and fall detection, but hopefully you won't have to use those two features on a daily basis. What you may get more use out of regularly are its fitness features. The Apple Watch Series 4 has added better training tools for athletes, automatic workout detection and competitions to motivate you to close those activity rings. But these are mostly software features you can get on its cheaper predecessors (Series 1 and up) with the WatchOS 5 update. The cheapest 40mm Series 4 model with the aluminum frame and no LTE starts at $400, $120 more than the Series 3. (For international pricing, see our Series 4 review.) After testing out the Apple Watch Series 4 alongside the Series 3 for about three weeks now, I've noticed two major advantages over its predecessors when it comes to working out: screen size and battery life. Bigger, bolder, betterThe first thing I noticed when I took … [Read more...] about Did the Apple Watch Series 4 live up to its fitness claims?
Is the new Apple Watch ready for Grandma? The Series 4 Apple Watch now in stores pitches itself as a Food and Drug Administration-cleared "proactive health monitor" and a "guardian" that will call help if you take a hard fall. Its screen is 30 percent larger. You won't see Apple say "senior citizen" in ads -- yet suddenly, grandmothers and abuelas, not to mention opas, are thinking about getting one. Adult children looking to keep parents safe are curious, too. So I sought help in reviewing the new Watch from a gang of tech-savvy seniors. Seven members of the Computer Club of Rossmoor, a 55-plus community in California, helped me set up, poke and prod the new model. No seniors were harmed in testing the fall-detection tech.Just when you think I'm critical, older adults have even less tolerance for tech that isn't clear, reliable and affordable. There wasn't a technophobe among my helpers. After our tests, one of them -- a satisfied Apple Watch owner -- decided she'd definitely … [Read more...] about Review: The Apple Watch faces its toughest challenge yet: Grandma
source Business Insider Ever since the Apple Watch was introduced, I’ve criticized Apple’s wearable device. My habit was to contrast the Apple Watch with “real” watches. But after buying and wearing an Apple Watch Series 3 for months, I’ve completely changed my mind. I’ve been a relatively steadfast critic of the Apple Watch. Ever since the Cupertino giant introduced its first wearable gadget, my reaction had generally been a reliable “Why?” You can consider my skepticism here. Or here. Or here. Admittedly, I didn’t entirely dislike the idea of the Apple Watch as a timepiece – I actually pledged to buy a first-generation version, in stainless with a steel bracelet, once the prices dropped. And in the grand scheme of things, I was more excited about the Apple Watch, pre-launch, than any other device in the company’s history. When the Watch landed, however, I wasn’t thrilled, and I … [Read more...] about I take back every bad thing I ever said about the Apple Watch