Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

watchOS 4 automatically switches to corresponding audio app

I discovered this earlier while listening to a podcast in Overcast. watchOS 4 seems to automatically switch to either ‘Now Playing’ for Music or a corresponding Watch app, if you’re on the Watch face.

Pretty nice little feature if you want to be able to control your music right after playing. I’m not sure if this requires iOS 11 or not, though. You can see what I mean in the above video I shot real quick, which demonstrates the behavior between Music and Overcast.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Apple Watch apps disappear →

Neil Hughes for Apple Insider:

In the last few weeks, the latest update for Google Maps on iOS ditched support for the Apple Watch. Its removal was not mentioned in the release notes, and Google has not indicated whether support for watchOS will be reinstated. It’s the same story with Amazon and eBay, both of which previously included Apple Watch support in their iOS apps. Both were updated in late April, and as of Monday, neither includes an Apple Watch app.

On a recent roadtrip, I thought I was going crazy trying to find the Google Maps app on my Watch–no wonder. Apple Watch hardware needs to catch up to the software. I have a feeling the next generation Apple Watch (Series 3) will hit the right balance of fast hardware and not-having-to-wait-for-apps-to-launch/run-ness. In other words, I think it might be the ‘iPhone 4’ of Apple Watches.