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The latest data from NPD shows that as Apple's own wearable device category continues to grow, the company is affecting other areas of the smartwatch industry, in which the sales of smartwatches up by 61% in the 12 months ending November 2018. In addition, the unit sales saw a 61% increases, the dollar sales were also up 51%, totaling nearly $5 billion in sales in the US.

The three brands Apple, Samsung and Fitbit accounted for 88% of sales during this period, and Apple is the “clear market leader”. As for traditional watchmakers, such as Fossil and Garmin, they are in the work to expand their brand into the smartwatch industry and improve the share of the market.

NPD's data also reveals that 16% of American adults currently use smartwatches, an increase from 12% in December 2017. In the 18-34 age group, this figure is slightly higher, reaching 23%. Looking ahead, NPD expects health monitoring features to rise the popularity of smartwatches among older generations of users.

At the first quarter of the 2019 earnings call held last month, Apple announced that its wearable device category revenue grew 50% during the quarter, which combines products such as Apple Watch and AirPods. Apple said that the revenue of wearable devices is close to the size of Fortune 200 companies.

According to the filing submitted to the FCC, US carrier AT&T seems to be interested in the wireless charger accessory market. AT&T will introduce a charger that supports wireless charging for both the Apple Watch and iPhone, as the charger has a built-in 3000 mAh battery that can be used as a power bank.

Apparently, the AT&T wireless charger is called the Power Drum, just simply put the Apple Watch on the front of the charger, while placed the iPhone on the top of the accessory. The Power Drum uses the Qi standard and can output 10W of power, although the iPhone wireless charging limited to only 7.5W.

As for compatibility, it supports Apple Watch Series 3, Series 2, Series 1, and Series 0. While the Series 4 wasn't listed, it most likely to support it nevertheless, it will probably support all iPhones with wireless charging as well. The input to the Power Drum is Micro USB, instead of the hottest USB-C, sadly.

It's unclear when will the Power Drum be available to consumers, it's priced at $99.99, however. (Via Zatz Not Funny)

Apple has enabled ECG feature in watchOS 5.1 and is currently available only to US users over the age of 22. Although this feature has not been extended to more markets, Apple Watch Series 4 users around the world should now have gained a better heart rate measurement experience. (Via 9to5mac)

Traditionally, Apple Watch's optical heart rate sensor uses photoplethysmography, which uses a Green LED light with a light-sensitive photoreceptor to detect blood flow through the wrist at any point in time. With hundreds of flashing LEDs per second, Apple Watch can calculate the number of heartbeats per minute.

However, users can check their heart rate at any time with Apple Watch's Heart Rate app and put your finger on the Digital Crown, what this will do is that it creates a closed circuit between the user's heart and arms to capture electrical impulses through the chest. At this point, the user gets readings faster and with higher accuracy—getting one measurement per second instead of every 5 seconds.

When you use this method to record heart rate, the Health app on the iPhone will notice the use of electrode capture measurements, indicating "ECG" as the source. So now with the feature, I would say this is probably the most reliable heart rate monitor on your wrist.

Apple's watchOS 5.1.2 software update released today enabled the ECG feature of the Apple Watch Series 4, but as Apple described in the release note that in addition to the US mainland and Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands, users from other countries and regions can't activate ECG app on their Watches.

Many of the features on Apple devices were initially used only in the United States, but international users can usually simply switch the zone to the US, but not this time considering it needs regulatory approval before it makes available to that country, or else Apple will face serious consequences.

According to Apple, the ECG app and irregular heart rate notifications are all regulatorily required feature on Apple Watch. These two features have been approved by the U.S. FDA for the De Novo classification and are available to users who are 22 and older in the United States. It also stated that users who have already diagnosed atrial fibrillation should not use the app.

It is unclear whether the feature will expand to elsewhere in the future, but there are rumors that Canada may be the next country to support it. Apple's AW4 is sold worldwide, all with the heart sensor necessary for ECG functionality, but requires software and regulator permission beforehand.

MacRumors reports that an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers in the United States reveals that though Apple Watch usually has a 14-day refund policy, Apple will accept up to 45 days refound after the user purchases Apple Watch, but only limited to heart health features related requests.

The Apple Store will submit a refund request associated with the Heart health feature to Apple Support, so customers will need to contact Apple by phone, email or online support. The heart health features mentioned here include the electrocardiogram (ECG) feature that will be enabled in Apple Watch Series 4 and the arrhythmia notifications for Series 1 to Series 4.

Furthermore, by the sound of it, Apple Store will not perform a diagnostic check on the watch, which means that as long as the user specifies the ECG function or the arrhythmia notification function in the refund request, then the company will extend the refund time to 45 days.

Maybe Apple's approach is to give users who buy Apple Watch more time to try heart-related features. However, Apple warned in another document that the ECG app is not "intended to be a diagnostic device or to replace traditional methods of diagnosis," and this "should not be used to monitor or track disease state or change medication without first talking to a doctor."

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Apple introduced Apple Watch Series 4 with ECG function in September, however, users can't use the functionality since the app wasn't enabled. And now, according to an internal Apple Store training document obtained by MacRumors, Apple will enable it in the next watchOS release, which is the watchOS 5.1.2 that we bet will be released within next week.

Because of the government regulations, the ECG app is currently only available to the users in the United States, since it got the FDA clearance, yet, we do expect Apple Watch Series 4 models sold worldwide include the electrical heart sensor will get the feature rather sooner than later. In the meantime, change your Region Settings to the US if you can't wait to give it a shot. Here is how it works:
An ECG measures electrical activity of the heart over a period of time, detecting tiny electrical changes on the skin created by the heart’s electrophysiologic pattern of depolarizing and repolarizing during each heartbeat. An ECG can help detect a variety of cardiac problems.
Once the app is activated, it will generating an ECG similar to a single-lead electrocardiogram after a user place a finger on the Digital Crown while wearing the watch for 30 seconds. Nevertheless, Apple reminds consumers that it's not intended to be a diagnostic device or to replace traditional methods of diagnosis, and should ask your doctor first then to monitor or track diseases.

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In recent years, Apple has been committed to adding health-related features to its products, but most monitoring functions can only be used when users are active, Apple provides little to no monitoring when the user is asleep. However, it appears that Apple has found a great solution. (Via AppleInsider)

Apple acquired the sleep tracking platform Beddit in May 2017. Beddit provides detailed information about sleep quality, such as heart rate, breathing, etc., by allowing users to place a small tracker under their sheets and then using the accompanying iOS and Apple Watch apps.

The company's latest patent application, called "multi-element piezo sensor for in-bed physiological measurements" intends to further track the movements of the user during the sleep cycle, the core of which is to determine the point of contact between the person and the bed by using a piezoelectric film on the surface of the bed.

The new patent proposes two solutions, one is to use a long piece of film similar to the Beddit sensor on the bed, which corresponds to the user's chest position. The second uses even more sensors to cover the entire surface of the bed. This solution can monitor can gather more user information, such as the user's sleeping position, yet, it's unclear if Apple really intends to use a piezo film in a particular product.

The Swiss watch industry is world-renowned, and watches from Swiss luxury watch manufacturers are known for their mechanical precision and expensive pricing, but the emergence of the Apple Watch has created another history - Apple has become the world's largest watchmaker, which it has achieved eye-catching market results, the traditional watch industry, on the other hand, suffered from it.

Although the high-end luxury watches and Apple Watch are not comparable each other, some of the popular low-end entry brands are greatly affected, such as Swatch, Fossil Group, and other brands. Their product prices are on the same gradient as the new Apple Watch Series 4: they are experiencing tremendous competitive pressure from Apple.

The success of Apple Watch has led to a rethinking in the traditional watch industry. In response to the challenge from Apple's, Swiss watch manufacturers are now increasingly accepting to adding various smart technologies to their traditional mechanical watches. From the current point of view, some watch makers did get well-received results, yet, others still facing criticization from its long-term consumers.

TAG Heuer's smartwatch series Connected Modular 41 & 45 has achieved great success, the two wearables have GPS and NFC connections, compatible with Android 4.4 and The iOS 9, it looks and wears like a real watch, but has all the information you need. Connected Modular 45 has been sought after it went on sale by watch lovers around the world, make TAG Heuer become profit again.

Not only TAG Heuer, other traditional watchmakers also released their smartwatches. Hublot's Big Bang Referee, for example, is its first smartwatch with Wear OS, waterproof, NFC, and GPS. The Helvetica Regular Watch from Mondaine is capable of counting how many steps, and able to check your emails.

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Apple has debuted a new version of the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock today, with a model code of MU9F2AM/A, which has been added to Apple Online Store's Apple Watch Accessories page. Apple though has not made tweak in design in this accessory, there may be some internal upgrades, but the company did not explain any new features or changes.

It is understood that the new Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Unfortunately, the FCC document does not provide more info about it. With the Magnetic Charging Dock, you can lay the Apple Watch flat and remove the band for charging, or side-by-side charging. You can purchase the charging dock for $79.

Moreover, Apple launched new the $49.00 (Product)RED Sport Loop Band for both the 40mm and 44mm Apple Watch Series 4, plus that it also supports previous Apple Watch model that comes in with 38mm and 42mm measurements. Every time, when Apple make (Product)RED items, they will donate to RED, an organization that fight AIDs.

Lastly, the Cupertina firm shared its 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, a guide that intends to recommend best Apple products to buy for friends and family. The Holiday Guide recommendations including iPhone XS, AirPods, Apple Watch Series 4, also iPhone XR, iTunes gift cards, HomePod, new Watch bands, as well as the new iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, and Apple TV 4k.

Three new colors of Apple Watch Nike Sport Band will be on sale soon, including two new Sport Loop Bands, and one new Sport Band. Nike posted this announcement in its iPhone shopping app: "The latest Sport Bands and reflective Sport Loops for your Apple Watch Nike+ pair well with fall — and with your favorite pair of running shoes. Get them exclusively in the Nike Plus Member Shop."

Three new colors include the Loop Sport Band in Smokey Mauve and Celestial Teal, and the Nike Sport Band in the Olive Flak color scheme. Both new Nike Loop Sport Band are able to reflected in the light, as each band color is paired with a matching watch face.

Currently, neither Apple nor Nike sell the Apple Watch Nike Sport Band. The company said the new Apple Watch Nike band colors will be available for sale on November 16th, exclusive to Nike Plus members. According to a reader from 9to5Mac, the Apple Store staff told him that the new colors are for the winter collection, says they might launch new case colors.

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Popular music streaming service Spotify is launching its Apple Watch app within this week, the company announced today. Spotify says you need to have the latest version of the Spotify iOS app (8.4.79), and the Apple Watch version of the app will appears over the next week.

The watchOS app looks like very basic at glance: playback controls, a toggle for shuffle mode, ability to connect third-party speakers on your wrist via Spotify Connect. However, few features that missing will add to the app in the future, such as supporting Offline playback.
We’re constantly on the go—whether bouncing between the gym, work, school, errands, or just chilling—and our smartwatches are the tool to help keep us up to speed. Today, Spotify is introducing a new app for the Apple Watch, giving you the ability to seamlessly access and control your favorite music and podcasts without missing a beat.

We know the importance of having music on the go, which is why we’re excited to bring a new Spotify app to our highly mobile users on Apple Watch. With this new app, users can enjoy an improved experience with better control and the ability to seamlessly connect to your speakers or devices. And while we continue to innovate, we have many exciting things coming up —including the ability to listen to your music and podcasts offline.
The Spotify for Apple Watch isn’t optimized for the Apple Watch Series 4 display sizes introduced back in September; 40mm and 44mm. You can download the app through App Store for free and it is only supported on iOS 10 and above.

The Apple Watch Series 4 not only gets 40% larger display area but also introduced new 40 mm and 44 mm sizes, to take full advantage of the new size and the display, Apple redesigned the entire interface to show more information and more detailed content. The infographic watchface designed just for that, so you add up to eight complication.

Once users upgraded to iOS 12.1.1 and watchOS 5.1.1, there will be 7 new Apple-developed apps that support the Apple Watch's infographic watchface. New apps include Home, Mail, Maps, iMessages, News, Phone and Remote. Currently, in the iPhone Watch app, you can choose to add these apps, but it won't show on Apple Watch.

The issue here is that they were plan to release these complication later updates, however, because of the bricking bug that many user experienced, Apple quickly rushed to push watchOS 5.1.1 without noticing that they also leaked these complications, so it's likely that it will be debuted in next update. (Via 9to5Mac)

According to few reddit users, popular music stream service Spotify will finally coming to Apple Watches as the public testing program available right now via Apple's TestFlight app, however, the exact time frame has not announced yet, perhaps later this month at earliest.

The upcoming Spotify's watchOS app will uses Apple's internal named StreamKit framework that will enable cellular Apple Watch models to receive data from third-party apps. The watchOS app looks like very basic, it just shows the app's icon, playback controls, and a toggle for shuffle mode. As you might guess, it doesn't support Offline mode for now.

These tester also says the app has yet to be optimized for 40mm and 44mm sized Apple Watch Series 4 models. Still today, Spotify is the most popular Music app on App Store, the music streaming service now has over 87 million paid subscribers, twice the amount that Apple Music has, which was at 43.5 million, though the figure hasn't update in a while.

Interested In Beta Testing? Check Out The Application Form Here!

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Apple Watch Series 4, the newest one to join Apple's wearable device lineups, packed with andvanced hardwares such as larger display, new Digital Crown, powerful S4 processors, and an ECG sensor that allows you to take Electrocardiogram on your wrist, now the problem, in many countries, you won't be able to use the feature, as it requires regulatory approvals, which will take some time, so is there's a way to use it beforehand?

However, we do know that the ECG received FDA clearance, meaning the feature will first come out in the United States, other than the US, it could take months even years that authorities approval it. A report by 9to5Mac says that the limitation just on the software part rather than hardware-the feature can be activated once region changes.

If you set the region to the US on your Apple Watch Series 4, you will be able to get access to the feature, similar to how other features such as Apple News can be enabled on countries that still hasn't roll out, or like the way you change the region of Apple IDs that allows you to download apps a certain country doesn't have.

In case you are wondering how to change the region: Settings - General - Language & Region - Region then choose “United States”. The only drawback is that you may changing the date and time format and other units back the country you are in. Enjoy it!

In addition to have opened pre-order window for iPhone XR buyers, Apple also launched a new accessory for Apple Watch users, a 0.3-meter Apple Watch USB-C Magnetic Charger, which means that just by placing the charger close to the back of the case, the magnets in it will automatically snap the connector into place.

This cable is only 0.3 meters and Apple does not offer a longer 1 meter or 2-meter lengths. It's not clear why Apple is launching such a short cable at this moment, there is still a chance that longer cable style may be introduced in the future. The USB-C charger will replace the USB-A version that was available for quite a while.

The accessory will ship out in one business day and will be available in Apple retail stores starting next week. You can purchase it at the price of $29 in the US. Even though this year's iPhones still not switch to the USB-C port, the introduction of USB-C Magnetic Charger will be a strong evidence that the new iPads to have USB-C port instead of Lightning port.


Apple Design Chief Jony Ive was interviewed by the Financial Times today, during which he discussed a range of topics, including Apple Watch, Apple Park and Apple Car. When asked if the Apple design team was the last employee to move into the new Apple Park, Ive said that it took a lot of time for 9000 people to move in.

At the same time, Ive holds the belief the original Apple headquarters has full of memories, over the decades of history, the prototype of the iPhone & iPod was created at the old HQ. Once the design team moves to Apple Park, they can communicate better with other experts.

When it comes to the Apple Car, Ive's mouth is very strict. In general, Ive said it is important to study the issues and challenges associated with any new product, rather than talking directly, which endangers the risk of ideas and technology being copied by competitors.

When asked if Apple Watch should be defined as a watch. Ive said: "No, I think that this is a very powerful computer, with a range of very sophisticated sensors, that is strapped to my wrist. That's neither very descriptive nor very helpful." The designer-in-chief also stated that Apple knows the consequences in both positive and negative, and will take the responsibility.

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Apple Watch Series 4 users in Australia this weekend encountered new bug where their Apple Watch keeps crash and reboot, this likely due to the Daylight Saving Time changes. As of now, everyone's Watch working normally again, we should expect Apple to release an update fix the issue for other countries, especially here in the US. (Via 9to5Mac)

The bug, however, apparently cause the Infograph watchface not handling the loss of an hour elegantly, which unable to compute the change from 24 hours to only 23 hours, and that explains why causing the entire device to crash and reboot.

When the next day resumes normal 24-hour workdays, the error corrects itself, but some users still needs to remove the Infograph Modular surface via iOS Apple Watch app on your iPhone to make it functions again. Less than a month that the US will begin its Daylight Saving Times, Apple would roll out a watchOS update just for the issue.

After several generations of updates, the Apple Watch has enabled users to do countless things independently on their wrist. But do you know what people like to do with Apple Watch? A new survey gives interesting results: use the smartwatch to decline phone calls!

Ben Bajarin, a researcher at Silicon Valley research firm Creative Strategies, shared a new survey that centers Apple Watch users. According to the company's analysis, they found that Apple Watch owners do these things on a regular basis, such as checking notifications or sports, rejecting calls, monitoring heart rate, setting reminders, changing Bands, and more.

In general, most of the things that users choose in the poll are expected to be on the list. But, to be honest, there is also something we didn't assume at all, that is, 80% of Apple Watch users decline calls. In case you don't about this feature, whenever someone calls you, and you don't want to answer, just placing your palm over the watch face.

Personally, I think that as time changes, Apple Watch will become more and more useful. For instance, a few years ago, this product category is still in its infancy, the first generation of Apple Watch spent a lot of time chasing the fashion and luxury market, now, they have a major role in our daily life, such as fitness tracking, complex health monitoring, fall detection, it's amazing how time changes!

Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Hermes have been released two weeks ago, and Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4 has officially launched today, you can now purchase or pick-up the smartwatch in your local Apple Stores, and it's in limited supplies.

The Apple Watch Nike+ has the same design as the regular Apple Watch Series 4 and has the same price, including GPS and built-in LTE. However, the Nike+ is designed primarily for athletes, pre-installed with the Nike Run Club app, and has an exclusive watchface with bold text, as well as a special reflective Nike Sport Loop bands.

Otherwise, the Nike+ models shares many similarities: equipped with S4 processor that saw pretty noticeable speed bump, revamped screen design that's over 30% larger and new Digital Crown with Haptic Feedback, and comes with ECG/EGG feature, GPS improvements, Bluetooth 5.0, and a watchface that have as many as 8 complications.

Apple Watch Series 4 Nike+ will retail for $399 on Friday, and it's available in 40 and 44mm sizes. The additional Nike bands will cost around $50.

In terms of processing power, the new S4 chip on the Apple Watch Series 4 is definitely a beast. However, Apple did not go into many details on S4 at the September press even last month, just simply saying that it is twice as fast as last year's S3 processor on Series 3.

Recently, developer Steve Troughton Smith conducted some studies on Apple's S4 chip, and the results were impressive. Steve developed a demo app for Apple Watch to observe the performance of the device, and determine that it can even beat iPhone 6s in some cases, as the iPhone 6s equipped with the A9 chip and was released 3 years ago.

During the test, Steve found that the Apple Watch Series 4 can do Metal rendering at 60 frames per second without any problems. Even more impressive is that CPU-intensive apps use only 64% of the processing power of the S4 chip. The developer said that he usually needs an iPhone 6s or newer model to get similar performance when using the same app.

Anyway, from what we have seen, the majority of users agrees that going from older models like Series 0 or even Series 2 can report a pretty noticeable speed bump. Plus, its revamped screen design and new Digital Crown, along with ECG/EGG functionality, improvements on GPS, as well as watchOS 5, it is definitely worth to purchase it.

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