I’ve long been a fan of Jeff Benjamin’s videos for 9to5Mac. In this one, Jeff unboxes his brand new iPhone XS Max, then takes us on a visual tour, highlighting lots of features along the way.
Lots of new shiny, well presented, worth watching.
Apple Watch is undoubtedly one of my favorite Apple devices ever. It gives me information and notifications for everything I need, it helps me stay fit, and the new Series 4 device promises to watch my health like no Apple Watch before it.
The reasons to love the Apple Watch are as varied as the people that use it. Some love the fitness tracking, some like the freedom cellular access provides, and others just think it is a cool device. In reality, it’s great for all those things and much more.
For me, Apple Watch provides insight into what’s going on with me—my life. That’s the real key for Apple Watch, it’s a personal device.
I have mentioned many times before how the notifications on Apple Watch save me from going down a rabbit hole when I look at my iPhone. We all do this: pick up your iPhone because it buzzes and you check that message, then you decide you might as well check email; and since you have it in your hand, you should check Twitter, or Facebook, or Messages; and on and on it goes. Before you know it, 20 minutes have passed.
The sad thing about losing that 20 minutes is that the first buzz that caused you to pick up the iPhone probably wasn’t significant anyway.
I get a buzz on my Apple Watch, I glance at it and know right away I don’t need to deal with it immediately, so I keep doing what I’m doing. When I take a break, I scroll through and deal with all of the things that happened while I was working.
If something vital does happen, of course, I can deal with it right away and move on.
As with those notifications, fitness on Apple Watch has become more about information for me. I don’t always close my rings, but I do try. Unfortunately, some days are hectic, and there’s not a lot I can do about that, but I still have the information at my disposal, thanks to Apple Watch.
I try to follow the recommendations for standing every hour and getting in 30 minutes of exercise every day. The fact that I’m trying to keep up with those recommendations is 100 percent more than I was doing with before the Apple Watch came out, so I’m doing good.
Some of the new watchOS 5 and Apple Watch Series 4 features that I’ve enjoyed the most are simple. I really like the auto-detection for exercise. If you forget to turn on a workout, Apple Watch will prompt you after about 10 minutes and bring up an alert saying something like it looks like you’re going for a walk.
You can then turn on the walk, and it will go all the way back to the beginning of your steps, so you get credit for the exercise you did. It also detects when you finished your walk and will alert you to stop the workout. This helps keep all of your information accurate, which is really important when you are tracking your fitness goals.
When I first picked up the Apple Watch Series 4 at Apple’s event, I didn’t think it was much bigger than the previous version—until I touched the screen and turned it on. The watch face is magnificent. The screen is beautiful, and the amount of information you can fit on the watch face with complications is impressive.
I have temperature, activity, timer, Apple Music, date, heart rate, workout, and battery on my watch face. That’s eight items, and there is still lots of room. The 44mm Apple Watch is big enough to display everything and still seem spacious.
Apple Watch Series 4 comes with some new health and safety features too. Fall detection uses the watches next-generation accelerometer and gyroscope to help determine when you’ve fallen. If you haven’t moved in one minute, Apple Watch will automatically call emergency services, and a message with your location will be sent to your emergency contacts.
Fall detection is turned on automatically if you’re over 65. If you’re younger than 65, you have the option to turn it off during setup.
The new watch will also feature the ability to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) directly from the watch—this feature will be available in the U.S. later this year. To use the ECG, you just open the app on the watch and touch the Digital Crown. It has a built-in titanium electrode that completes the circuit with the electrodes on the back of the watch, allowing the watch to measure electrical changes across your heart.
The 30-second test will be stored on your iPhone and can be exported as a PDF to share with your doctor.
There are a lot of other small improvements in the Apple Watch Series 4 like the fact that the microphone has been moved to the opposite side of the speaker. This will lessen echoes during phone calls.
The speaker is 50 percent louder than the previous version, so phone calls and Siri are more easily heard.
The battery lasts all day and then some, so I never worry about running out. In fact, I have forgotten to plug it in on occasion, and it has last almost two days for me.
Apple Watch Series 4 kept everything I loved about Apple Watch and added so much more. I can’t imagine a day when I would get up and not put on my Apple Watch. I have and continue to recommend the Apple Watch to everyone.
TFW your home-sick-from-school 12 year old asks you, “What’s the difference between a sheep and a goat?” and a Google search leads you to this video.
I installed macOS Mojave shortly after it was introduced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. There are a few features in Mojave that made the upgrade really great for me, so I’d like to tell you a bit more about those.
As with most Apple operating system updates, Mojave has many great new features. I’m usually drawn to the ones that can help me in my everyday use of my Mac, but there is one feature that doesn’t really fit into that category that I love—Dark Mode.
When I first installed Mojave, I decided to give Dark Mode a try. I knew I wouldn’t like it, but I tried it anyway, just to say I did. That was in June, and I’ve never gone back.
There is something about working in Dark Mode is calming for me. I wish I could pinpoint what it is, but I just can’t. Perhaps it’s that I’m able to focus better on the work I’m doing, or maybe it’s as simple as the screen not feeling so bright. I’m not sure, but I really like it.
The only oddity I found in Dark Mode is in some colors, especially in my Calendar app. I have my work calendar set to orange, so it’s easy to pick out important events. However, with Dark Mode, the orange has turned into a yellowish color. It’s a small thing, for sure, and I’m used to it now, so it’s not a big problem.
Dark Mode is really helpful for looking at Photos because all of the colors seem to pop. There is no brightness from the app or desktop fighting for your attention, so you are focused on the image, which is lovely.
One of the other features that helped me quite a bit is Desktop Stacks. My desktop is typically a disaster. I have files and images all over the place, usually doubled or tripled up on the desktop because there are so many of them.
Stacks organizes all of those files into groups. This makes your desktop clean, but you can still find all of your files if you need them. You can scrub through the files by placing the mouse over a Stack and then use two fingers to move left or right. When you find the file you want, just double-click to open. You can also click on a Stack, and it will expand showing you all of the files it contains.
Apple has brought several of its iOS apps to the Mac in Mojave. Apple News, Stocks and Voice Memos are all part of Mojave. I like what Apple is doing here, but the real story is not that these apps are available on the Mac, it’s that Apple has developed a way to bring iOS apps to Mac.
This is going to be an exciting thing to watch in the coming months, as developers are able to bring their iOS apps to the Mac too. Some of these apps will make sense, and others won’t—it will be fun to watch as it unfolds.
The Mac App Store is being updated in Mojave, and I can’t wait to see how this goes. The update will include more editorial content, similar to what we’ve seen with the iOS App Store.
I am a big fan of what they did with the iOS App Store, featuring apps and developers in a way that’s interesting for the user. It’s actually content as opposed to a simple description written by the developer describing what the app does.
The Mac App Store has new tabs that are going to help you find the type of app you’re looking for right away. The categories on Discover, Create, Work, Play, and Develop—there’s also a Categories and Update tabs so you can dig a bit deeper into the store and keep your apps up-to-date.
Apple’s focus on privacy is something we all appreciate, and they are expanding those protections in Mojave.
We’ve all seen those social networking buttons embedded in websites. Those buttons can be used to track your web browsing, even if you don’t interact with them. Mojave blocks these buttons from being able to follow you across websites.
Mojave is also providing users against a tracking method known as fingerprinting. Essentially, when you visit a website, it gathers information about your machine. Advertising companies use this data to try to uniquely identify your machine, but Apple is doing something about that too.
Apple will provide those websites with general information about your computer, so it basically looks like every other computer. This will reduce a tracker’s ability to identify us.
Thanks for that, Apple.
There are a lot of other really great features in macOS Mojave from Home Automation to Machine Learning and password control, but the ones I talked about are the features that most impacted my look at Mojave.
Mojave is a very fast operating system with many features that will help you in your daily life. It is certainly a worthwhile upgrade for all Mac users.
I absolutely love this new Apple Watch ad, appearing in heavy rotation over the weekend. The ad cleverly tells a story, that of a person whose Apple Watch adds to their life, both in usefulness and in fitness.