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How to Add a Passcode to Your Apple Watch

There are several benefits from having a passcode on your Apple Watch, some being the ability to use Apple Pay to make transactions or to use the watch to automatically unlock your Mac. Having a passcode also does not require you to enter it every time you use your watch; you are only prompted for it when the Apple Watch is removed from your wrist or if the watch is restarted. Here’s how to set up your Apple Watch Passcode:

  1. Launch the Settings App
  2. Scroll down and tap Passcode
  3. Tap Turn Passcode On
  4. Enter the four digit passcode you want to use

You can also add a passcode through the Watch app on your iPhone. If you forget your Apple Watch passcode, you need to erase the device and then restore from a backup. This can be done by launching the Watch app on your iPhone. Good luck!

For more information, click here.

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Apple Watch vs. Wear OS

Wear OS, originally known as Android Wear, may be winning the battle of the smartwatch over Apple. Here are some differences between the two that can help you decide on which smartwatch to purchase:

  1. Compatibility – With the Apple Watch, only iPhone users are able to sport this smartwatch. Comparing it to a Wear OS watch, such as a Fossil Q smartwatch, both Android and iPhone users are able to connect their phones. This means no having to switch to an iPhone if you love your Android and want a smartwatch!
  2. Design – The Apple Watch’s design is consistent through each of their models, with a choice of a 38 mm or 42 mm case and different interchangeable straps. The main criticism of the Apple Watch’s design is that it is square, although some people don’t mind it. As far as a Wear OS watch, you’ll have the option to choose if you prefer either a circular or square case, although a majority of them now are circular. For band options, Apple Watch straps are sometimes more difficult to find than Wear OS bands; many watches will fit with any band of a certain width.
  3. Screen and battery life – Because designers have learned not everyone has the same size wrist, there are more screen size options when it comes to the Wear OS smartwatches, even from the same watch company. The Apple Watch, however, as mentioned above, is only available in a 38 mm and a 42 mm case, which still may be too big or too small for some wrist sizes. As far as battery life, both will have an expected one or two days, depending on usage.
  4. Tracking – With features such as Medical ID and ResearchKit, GPS and waterproofing, the Apple Watch is heavily pitched as a fitness device. Aside from Apple’s own tracking apps, users have the option download third-party running apps, such as Strava and Runkeeper. As far as Wear OS devices, users are able to track their fitness and sleep, however, heart rate monitoring is still in the works for many companies who carry Wear OS watches.

These are just some of the comparisons for the Apple Watch and Wear OS devices, but always do your own research before jumping into buying your new smartwatch so you get the watch that suits you best!

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Apple’s Newest Rumored Releases

There have been multiple rumors from various sources about Apple’s newest products, including the  AirPower, next-generation AirPods, Apple Watch Series 4, a low-cost iPad, and three new iPhone models, just to name a few!

If you’re unfamiliar with the AirPower, it is a charging mat that will be able to charge up to three devices that use Qi charging at once, such as the iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch. The next-generation rumored AirPods are expected to release alongside the charging mat, which will feature wireless charging as opposed to the charging case, better Bluetooth connectivity, and possibly new colors. However, nothing is yet confirmed.

As the Apple Watch has not seen a redesign since it was first introduced in 2015,  2018 could be the year that Apple introduces a new look for the wrist-worn device, Mac Rumors suggest. Apple will perhaps use micro-LED displays for the 2018 Apple Watch, which would allow for a thinner, lighter display with improved color gamut and brightness. New sensors could also be in store, as Apple has been testing EKG functionality for the Apple Watch. The feature would require users to place two fingers on either side of the Apple Watch to record the electrical activity of the heart to better detect irregularities, however it is not known if this functionality will be ready to debut in 2018.

With the rumor that Apple could introduce an even lower-cost iPad in 2018 than 2017 (its 5th-generation 9.7-inch iPad for $329 for the 32GB model) with a price tag that starts at $259, it would allow them to better compete in the lower cost tablet market.

Finally, three new iPhone models are rumored to be releasing later this year. The first iPhone expected is a followup to the iPhone X with the same 5.8-inch OLED display, which will be accompanied by a second OLED iPhone measuring in at 6.5 inches; it can be thought of as an “iPhone X Plus.” Alongside these two OLED iPhones, Apple is also said to be planning to introduce a 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display, positioned as a more affordable device targeting the low-end and midrange markets with a starting price of $649 to $749 in the United States. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, all three of these iPhones will feature edge-to-edge displays, Face ID, and TrueDepth camera systems, which means the end of both the Home button and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in new iPhone models for the time being.

Although many of these products are still in the works or rumored, we are all hoping to see what Apple has in store for 2018!

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The Apple Watch

 

Finds A Purpose

Before the Apple watch became a device exclusively for activity tracking and notifications, it was supposed to be a watch with a medical purpose.


In the last months of Steve Job’s life, he was fighting cancer while managing diabetes. Because he did not like pricking his finger to draw blood, Mr. Job’s authorized an Apple research team to develop a noninvasive glucose reader—
 turned into a wristwatch. However, because many of the health features were unreliable, Apple ended up turning the device into what it is known for today—an activity tracking and notification device.

Nonetheless, the Apple watch is now finding its medical purpose.

With that being said, September brought forth an interesting report. Apple announced that the Apple watch would become a more of a stand alone device. Since this announcement was made, many device manufacturers have been working on developing medical accessories. An example of this is the electrocardiogram for monitoring heart activity with the purpose to manage chronic conditions straight from their wrist.

This is a stepforward for a device that many deemed unnecessary because most of its components already exist in their smartphone.

Now, the smartwatch has a purpose.

For more information check out this article, “Freed From the iPhone, the Apple Watch Finds a Medical Purpose

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The Interesting, Innovating Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Lovers, Read Along

Conspiracies about the new Apple Watch all led to be true. Gone are the days of panicking whenever you leave your phone at home. The new Apple Watch Series 3 now allows LTE connectivity so for phone-forgetters or phone-haters, you can now find comfort in disconnecting from your phone for a while. 

We’ve all been in a situation where we felt like we just didn’t want to carry our phones, want to leave it to charge when we grocery shop, or just wanting to feel free from our technological ties. Well, continue reading to learn about the new Apple watch and how it can make this completely possible.

For $399 plus $10 per month (US), you can now connect LTE to your Apple watch and receive data without having your phone with you. Although this only would work in your home country (don’t forget your phone on vacations!), this is an ideal application for people who prefer to occasionally leave their phones home. 

The Apple Watch 3rd series can also be purchased without LTE connectivity (GPS still included) incase this isn’t your forte, and is purchased at a lower price of $329. 

Features

With a similar design, the new features lie in the technology of the watch. Aside from LTE connectivity, this watch runs even faster than the 2nd series, and can track when you are moving up or down stairs. That is a pretty big upgrade from previous generations. Along with LTE, it comes with a red dot, perhaps for the LTE connectivity.

As far as the battery is concerned, enjoy about 1- hour of talk-time, but 18-hour of battery life with a charge. It is estimated you could workout for 10 hours and roughly 4-5 hours of GPS use. I am unsure of who would workout for 10 hours but hey, I’m not here to judge! You can stream music to this new watch, so you can conveniently workout with your watch! Ah, that’s there amazing point. There is a 4% increase in battery life, which we all love and appreciate.

New software for the Apple watch makes it the fastest watch yet. The Apple Watch Series 2 was fast, but the 3rd series is even faster. The 2nd series is no longer sold in stores but there are options to choose from with the Series 3.

Similar to luxurious watches, the Apple Watch Series 3 is made of anodized aluminum  (Apple Watch Sport), stainless steel (Apple Watch), and 18-karat gold (Apple Watch Edition). 

Availability

US, UK, China, Canada, France, Japan, and HongKong may purchase this watch!

From the Apple website: “Apple Watch Series 3 now comes in a gorgeous new gold aluminum, along with silver or space black stainless steel cases, which all pair with a stunning assortment of new band colors and styles. The Woven Nylon is updated with a new pattern and the incredibly lightweight Sport Loop effortlessly adjusts to fit wrists with unparalleled comfort. Apple Watch Edition expands to include a beautiful dark gray ceramic case that pairs with a new two-toned Sport Band.”

That’s Not All!

The Apple watch is water resistant up to 50 meters, can stream music, and is designed with healthfulness in mind! It provides a sense of freedom from your iPhone and allows for you to do many of the things that the iPhone is equipped with, but with less baggage. Enjoy an amazing workout or lifestyle without always having to lug your phone around, in fact the apple watch can track your heart and how efficient your workout was. Enjoy talking to Siri for the first time on this new Apple watch. 

Hopefully this information has helped you.

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New Apple Product Released Tomorrow

New Apple Products Coming Soon!

Anyone curious about the new Apple products that will be fully disclosed tomorrow? We certainly are. In this world, no one is patient, we all want the low-down and we want it ASAP. So many rumors are being promised, such as facial recognition to unlock iPhones as well as for emoticons. Is any of this true? We will find out within the next 24 hours.

What we do know is that MacBook Air and MacBook Pro’s and all other Mac products will ultimately be upgraded just as most Apple products are. In order to prepare for this upcoming  release, If your MacBook is older than 5 or 6 years, now is a great time to consider a trade in option or to use SellMyMac‘s simple and fast system that involves asking a few questions about your old product to determine the trade-in price for it. 

 

Apple products lose value over time, so rather than waiting until your Mac is worth less than $100 or $50, sell it today with SellMyMac! Even if your Mac is outdated, you’ve lost the original box and charger, and in awful condition, it can still be bought by us. Why wait in long lines at Apple or get ripped off by some online buyer (or worse, WAIT for an online buyer), when you can sent it to the company looking to buy your Mac from you?

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New Apple Product Rumors

News and Rumors About New Apple Products

In a week from today (September 12th) Apple will hold their special event where details about new products will be released. For the first time, this launching event will be held in the Steve Job’s Theater at the new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. How exciting!

As with all their other products, the hype for this new release is real. Will something special occur for the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone?  What will it be called? Is facial recognition really their new unlock code? Perhaps! More rumors include that this iPhone may be designed unlike any of the other generations of iPhones we know and love so much.

Steve Jobs Theater, CA

Rumors entail this new phone will cost about $1,000, however only time will tell. This summer, Apple revealed they were working on a 3D camera, facial recognition as a way to unlock phones, and an AI chip to make the phone even more computer-like. With all these new features and rumors, many are excited to invest in their new phone. Although the price seems high, it is still likely to be the best iPhone yet.

There may also be a new Apple watch and a new Apple TV box. This summer promised the release of the HomePod which will also be explained in greater detail at the Sept. 12th announcement. So if you’re already considering a new iPhone, watch, tv, or if you’re just interested in what the HomePod is, stay tuned with SellMyMac or be sure to watch the event.

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Apple’s Q3 Growth Spurt

Apple sales are on the rise according to their latest stock reportings. Setting a record high on Wednesday, Apple stocks rose 5% to $157.14 per share. With the highly anticipated new product release later this year, Apple stocks are expected to increase again before their Q4 reports are released.
This news comes one year after the quarterly revenue fell for the first time in 13 years due to decreased sale in the Chinese markets. This year, Apple reports 2% increase in phone sales in the Chinese markets, but iPhone sales are not the only Apple product on the rise. The number of iPad sales increased 15% which can be accredited to changes in features as well as price ranges. By lowering the base price, consumers were inclined to purchase upgrades to the base model furthering sales. The newly redesigned iMac and MacBook Pros are also reportedly gaining interest in the declining personal computer industry. Sales in iTunes and the app store have increased 22% since the last quarter.

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Even with Apple’s growth in sales, other companies such as Google and Youtube are competing for the final quarter to see which Silicon Valley company prevails.

Google launched the Google Pixel earlier this year rivaling the iPhone and seems to be the solution to storage limits that iPhones often have. By using the Google cloud and allowing users free access to store millions of pictures rather than charging for storage increases, Google may be on top at the end of the year. Alphabet, the parent company to Google and Youtube successfully allocate funds that allow Youtube to grow as an advertising service and move into the autonomous car realm.

Facebook balances its earnings by limiting the amount of advertisements in news feeds by increasing the number of ads on their other platforms, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. Since it’s acquisition of Oculus, Facebook has taken a small loss as it struggles to come out on top on the virtual reality business.

Apple generally experiences cyclical sales, increasing rapidly as the new product drops in the Fall every two years. The holiday season also aids sales as consumers rush to buy their loved ones the newest technology on the market. Investors are hopeful to see the effect on sales this year, as the newest products come 3 years following the last big release.

The iPhone 8 is rumored to cost $1,000 which is an increase over the standard $800 predecessors. Will the sharp increase in price turn consumers away or will it further increase Apple’s net worth? As new information and specifications are leaked, consumers will be the ultimate deciding factor in how Apple performs in the final quarter. By the end of the third quarter, Apple has $45 billion in revenue and $262 billion in cash and marketable securities. Safe to say, they are expected to do well in the last quarter once initial excitement ends.