Apple Reveals New Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Reveals New Apple Watch Series 3

Today at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, Apple revealed the newest version of its wearable device, which it’s calling the “Apple Watch Series 3.” The new Series 3 version of the device has cellular capabilities built right into the device, so you can leave your iPhone behind and still receive calls, messages, listen to Apple Music, and more. The Apple Watch’s number is the same as your iPhone’s, Apple confirmed.

Apple Reveals New Apple Watch Series 3

In addition, watchOS 4 includes a Heart Rate complication, and the smart watch can measure new heart rate data like resting heart rate. The Apple Watch will also notify you when it detects an elevated heart rate, and can even detect irregular heart beat rhythm thanks to the new “Apple Heart Study.” watchOS 4 debuts September 19.

It has not been confirm if Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular will be available in South Africa.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro and Gear Sport Smart Watch

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro and Gear Sport Smart Watch

Samsung has used its IFA 2017 press event in Berlin today to formally introduce two new wearable products. Most of the details about the Gear Fit 2 Pro fitness tracker have already leaked, but Samsung also introduced a new smartwatch, the Gear Sport, today as well.

Gear Sport

The Samsung Gear Sport comes with a 1.2-inch circular screen with a 320 x 320 resolution and Gorilla Glass 3, a water resistance rating of five atmospheres, as well as a focus on nutrition, with the ability to monitor your calorie balance throughout the day. The Gear Sport will include access to fitness programs, along with a way to help you complete your weight loss goals.

This new smartwatch will also be able to connect to Samsung’s smart TVs via the Samsung Connect app, and will support the company’s Samsung Pay service with its NFC hardware.

Samsung Gear Sport specs

Below you’ll find a quick rundown of the Gear Sport’s specs:

  • Display: 1.2-inch Super AMOLED circular screen at 320 x 320 resolution
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.0 GHz CPU
  • RAM: 786 MB
  • Storage: 4 GB
  • Battery: 300 mAh
  • Dimensions: 42.9 x 44.6  x 11.6 mm, 50 g (without band)
  • OS: Samsung Tizen

Compared to the earlier Samsung Gear S3, the new Gear Sport will have a smaller battery (300 mAh for the Gear Sport, compared to the 380 mAh for the Gear S3), so on the surface, the new watch looks like it will have a shorter battery life on a single charge. The 1.2-inch display on the Gear Sport is also smaller than the 1.3-inch Gear S3, and will have a smaller screen resolution. There’s also no indication that the Gear Sport will have an LTE model, like the Gear S3 has. However, the Gear Sport does have the stronger 5 atm water resistance rating, compared to the IP68 rating on the Gear S3.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro and Gear Sport Smart Watch

Gear Fit 2 Pro

As we stated earlier, many details for the Gear Fit 2 Pro have previously leaked, but now it’s finally official. The fitness tracker will have a 1.5-inch curved display, a 5 atm water resistance rating and features specifically made for swimmers, including ways for the wearable to track a user’s stroke type, stroke count, and lap count. It will also have a continuous heart rate monitor.

In addition, the Gear Fit 2 Pro will come with a built-in GPS, as well as a handy automatic workout detection feature.

What’s more, Samsung’s new wearable will also come with a one year free subscription to Under Amour’s online service, along with partnerships with Speedo and Spotify. The wearable will come in black and red colors and in large and small sizes. The large version will have a strap that can handle wrists between 158 and 205 mm while the small version is for writs between 125 and 165 mm.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro specs

  • Display: 1.5-inch Super AMOLED curved screen at 216 x 432 resolution
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.0 GHz CPU
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Storage: 4 GB
  • Battery: 200 mAh
  • Dimensions: 25.0 x 51.3 mm, 34g (Large) and 33g (Small)
  • OS: Samsung Tizen

The Gear Fit 2 Pro shares many of the same hardware specs as the older Gear Fit 2, which was first announced in June 2016. Both have a 1.5-inch display, a 200 mAh battery, 4 GB of onboard storage, and 512 GB of RAM. However, the Gear Fit 2 Pro seems to be a bit bigger than the Gear Fit 2 (25.0 x 51.3 mm compared to 24.5 x 51.2 mm) and a few grams heavier (34 and 33 grams for the large and small models compared to 30 and 28 grams). That may be due in part because the Gear Fit 2 Pro has a 5 atm water resistance rating, compared to the IP68 water resistance rating for the older Gear Fit 2.

We’re taking a closer look at the new Gear Sport and Gear Fit Pro 2 in our hands-on. What are your thoughts on the new Gear devices? Let us know in the comments!

Garmin Announces Three New Wearable Devices Alongside Contactless Payment Solution ‘Garmin Pay’

Garmin Announces Three New Wearable Devices Alongside Contactless Payment Solution 'Garmin Pay'

Garmin has announced three new wearable devices that it will debut at IFA 2017, including the vívomove HR, vívosport, and vívoactive 3. The Garmin vívoactive 3 closely resembles Apple Watch in terms of features, with Garmin’s device tracking heart rate, packing in 15 indoor and outdoor activity apps, and supporting a new “Garmin Pay” contactless payment solution.

Garmin Pay supports Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards from major issuing banks, and the company said that more will be added every day. The smartwatch includes a stainless steel design and an always-on high-resolution Garmin Chroma display, with a watch face that supports thousands of different faces and widgets from the Garmin Connect IQ store. The device is safe to wear when swimming or showering, and will last up to seven days in smartwatch mode, and thirteen hours with GPS turned on.

Garmin Announces Three New Wearable Devices Alongside Contactless Payment Solution 'Garmin Pay'

The heart rate variability monitor in the vívoactive 3 can keep track of stress levels as well, which users can track both on the smartwatch itself and on the Garmin Connect mobile app. The vívoactive 3 is available in three colors: black/stainless and white/stainless ($299.99), and black/slate ($329.99). There are also various bands users can purchase to attach to the smartwatch, and both the smartwatch itself and the bands are available at Best Buy.

The Garmin vívomove HR is the company’s “hybrid smartwatch,” combining the advanced features of a smartwatch in the body of a classic analog watch. The device can monitor much of the same data as the vívoactive 3, including heart rate and stress, as well as display smartphone notifications, but the readouts are placed more subtly within a traditional watch face.

Garmin Announces Three New Wearable Devices Alongside Contactless Payment Solution 'Garmin Pay'

There are various stainless steel finishes, as well as both leather and silicone band accessories. The “Sport” version costs $199.99 and the “Premium” leather band version costs $299.99.

Lastly, the company announced a basic activity tracker called the vívosport, which focuses more on fitness features like GPS tracking and a few new built-in sports apps for strength training, cycling, cardio, and more. Users also won’t have to worry about battery life thanks to seven full days of battery in smartwatch mode, and then eight hours when using the device’s GPS.

Garmin Announces Three New Wearable Devices Alongside Contactless Payment Solution 'Garmin Pay'

Garmin Move IQ automatically tracks data users might forget to log, and LiveTrack lets authorized family members track the wearer’s outdoor workouts for safety precautions. The vívosport costs $199.99 and comes in black/slate (small/medium and large), black/fuchsia (small/medium only) and black/limelight (large only).

All of Garmin’s new wearable devices connect to the Garmin Connect app, which saves the user’s activity stats, connects them to a community of workout enthusiasts, provides more detailed graphs, tracks sleep patterns, and more.

The Fitbit Ionic smartwatch

The Fitbit Ionic smartwatch

The Fitbit Ionic smartwatch will be available in South Africa from the middle of October at a recommended retail price of R5,499.

Fitbit’s first smartwatch is the company’s first device built on the Pebble software platform after its acquisition of Pebble’s “key assets” for around $40 million in 2016.

The Ionic features a battery life of four days or more, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and cross-platform compatibility.

It also has a new SpO2 sensor, which Fitbit said makes it possible to gain deeper health insights by tracking conditions like sleep apnea.

The Ionic also supports contactless payments, GPS tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, improved heart rate tracking, and water resistance of up to 50m.

Fitbit added that its app software development kit will open to developers from September 2017.

Apple Watch series 2 available in South Africa on the 14 October

Apple Watch series 2 available in South Africa on the 14 October Smart Watch

Digicape have confirmed that the Apple Watch series 2 will launch in South Africa on the 14 October. No additional information is available.

Apple Watch series 2 available in South Africa on the 14 October Smart Watch

Apple Watch series 2 Price South Africa

Series Size Material Price
Apple Watch series 2 38mm Aluminium R6 899
Stainless Steel R9 999
White Ceramic R22 999
42mm Aluminium R7 499
Stainless Steel R10 999
White Ceramic R23 999
Apple Watch series 1 38mm Aluminium R4 999
42mm Aluminium R5 999

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How to change your Apple Watch Band

How to change your Apple Watch Band Apple Watch Bands

One of the great things about the Apple Watch is it’s versatility. With so many Apple Watch Bands available your watch can be customized to match whatever you are wearing.

Going out for a run? Put on your Apple Watch Sports Band.

Going to work? Put on your Apple Watch Milanese Band.

Now that you have a number of bands how to you change your Apple Watch Band? It is really very simple.

How to change your Apple Watch Band Apple Watch Bands

Hold down the band release button, then slide the band across to remove it.

How to change your Apple Watch Band Apple Watch Bands

If the band doesn’t slide out, press the band release button again and make sure that you hold it down.

How to change your Apple Watch Band Apple Watch Bands

Make sure the band is facing the right way, then slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click.

Apple Announce Apple Watch Series 2

Apple Announce Apple Watch Series 2 Smart Watch

The new model is called Apple Watch Series 2. Adding to the splash proof feature of the original model, the new Apple Watch is actually swim proof. Apple Watch Series 2 adds swim tracking to the Workouts app including pool swimming and open water swimming. The Apple Watch speaker is the only unsealed part of the casing and it intelligently ejects water after a workout.

Apple Watch Series 2 features a new S2 chip with a faster dual-core processor and a new GPU with 2x graphics performance. The new display is also 2x brighter at 1000 nits, the brightest for any Apple display.

Built-in GPS is also included for outdoor running and walking without iPhone. Apple Watch Series 2 improves the pace and distant tracking and displays routes on the iPhone even when you don’t bring it along.

Apple Watch Series 2 adds a new ceramic (white) build option in addition to aluminum and stainless steel. Hermès is also introducing two new bands with Series 2.

Apple Watch Series 2 is also available in a new Nike+ version with a special version of the Sports band paired with the aluminum model watch. Nike+ Apple Watch is offered in four color options.

Apple also noted that its the #2 watch maker in the world in terms of revenue (behind Rolex) and #1 smart watch maker.

Apple Watch Series 2 is expected start at R5999 in South Africa.

Apple Watch Series 1 is expected start at R4499 in South Africa

Apple Announce Apple Watch Series 2 Smart Watch

Apple Previews watchOS 3

Apple previewed watchOS 3, featuring significantly improved performance with the ability to launch favorite apps instantly, enhanced navigation like the new Dock and all-new fitness and health capabilities for Apple Watch®. Available this fall, this software update introduces the breakthrough Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. The Activity app now includes the ability to share, compare and compete as well as enabling wheelchair users to close their Activity rings.

Apple Previews watchOS 3 WatchOS

““Apple Watch is the ultimate companion for a healthy life and with watchOS 3, there’s now even more to love. Favorite apps launch instantly and are simple to access, and the breakthrough new fitness and health features like the Breathe app make it feel like a whole new watch.”

— Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer

Instant Performance & Simple Navigation It is easier and faster than ever to perform common tasks with watchOS 3, including replying to a message, starting a Workout or skipping a song. By pressing the side button, users can access the new Dock with their recent and favorite apps. Right from the Dock or the watch face, users can launch their favorite native and third-party apps instantly and have the latest information in the app already updated and ready for viewing. Similar to iOS, users can swipe up from the watch face for the new and improved Control Center, continue to swipe down for Notification Center and swipe left or right to easily switch out a watch face.

Fitness & Health Motivation through social engagement is an important factor in changing fitness and health behavior, and now with watchOS 3, it’s possible to share, compare and compete with friends, family or even a personal trainer. Users receive notifications about their friends’ progress, including completed Activity rings, finished workouts and earned achievements. Activity sharing is now directly connected to the Messages app, so users can communicate, motivate and celebrate with friends and family with new Smart Replies specially customized for Activity and Workouts. In watchOS 3, the Activity app experience is now optimized for wheelchair users. Wheelchair pushes contribute to all-day calorie goals, the “time to stand” reminder is now “time to roll” and there are dedicated wheelchair-specific workouts.

The all-new Breathe app encourages users to take moments in their day to do short deep breathing sessions. The beautiful, calming visualization and haptic cues guide users through deep, full breaths in sessions lasting one to five minutes and on completion, they will receive a heart rate summary.

All-New Communication

Receiving and quickly replying to messages is more powerful and expressive in watchOS 3 with stickers, handwriting, full-screen effects and invisible ink, which reveals the message only after a friend swipes over it. Smart Replies are even faster as they are now available right in the message notification. When a more custom reply is needed, the new scribble feature allows users to quickly write words on the display and Apple Watch will convert the handwriting to text.

SOS in watchOS 3 enables people in critical situations around the world to initiate a call with emergency services through their iPhone or while on Wi-Fi, and notify their emergency contact by simply pressing and holding the side button.

Watch Faces

Apple Watch is even more personal with new watch faces including Minnie Mouse, Activity and the simple and elegant Numerals. Even more apps can launch straight from the watch face including Workout, Music or Messages. Users can also now add complications to the Photo, Motion or Timelapse watch faces. It’s easier to customize watch faces and discover third-party apps with the new Faces Gallery in the Watch app on iPhone.

Availability watchOS 3 will be available this Sping as a free update to Apple Watch.

Apple Watch requires iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8.2 or later.

WatchKit for watchOS 3 is available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com.

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 13 in San Francisco

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 13 in San Francisco WWDC WatchOS tvOS Smartphone Smart Watch MacOS iOS

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 13 in San Francisco WWDC WatchOS tvOS Smartphone Smart Watch MacOS iOS

Apple today announced that it will hold its 27th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), hosting the creative talent behind the world’s most innovative apps, from June 13 through 17 in San Francisco. At WWDC, Apple’s developer community comes together from all corners of the globe to learn about the future of Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS.

Monday’s kickoff events, including the keynote address, will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The rest of the week’s conference sessions will take place at Moscone West.

“With four innovative operating systems and a new, intuitive programming language powering over 1 billion devices worldwide, there has never been a more exciting time to bring our developer community together,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “WWDC 2016 is going to be a landmark event for developers who are coding in Swift, and building apps and products for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. We can’t wait for everyone to join us — in San Francisco or through the live stream.”

Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/register/) now through Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Tickets will be issued to attendees through a random selection process, and developers will be notified on the status of their application by Monday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. For the second consecutive year, there will be up to 350 WWDC Scholarships available, giving students and STEM organization members from around the world an opportunity to earn a ticket to meet and collaborate with some of the most talented developers of Apple’s ever-growing app ecosystem (developer.apple.com/wwdc/scholarships/). Additionally, this year, we will provide travel assistance to up to 125 scholarship recipients to ensure aspiring developers with financial limitations have an opportunity to participate.

WWDC 2016 activities include: over 1,000 Apple engineers supporting more than 150 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS technologies in their apps; access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS, and best practices for enhancing an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design; the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS developers from around the world — last year, 80 percent of developers attended for their first time, and in total, more than 70 countries were represented; a series of get-togethers for attendees focused on particular topics with special guest speakers and activities; engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with trailblazers and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and the Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone®, iPad®, Apple Watch®, Apple TV® and Mac® apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design. Worldwide Developers Conference sessions will be streamed live throughout the week via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/live/) and through the WWDC app, giving developers around the world access to the week’s news and events.