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  • Apple Watch Series 5 teardown reveals bigger battery

    Apple publishes a product information sheet which details the battery capacities for the various watch models.

    Some notable points:
    • Apple used the same battery in both sizes of the 1st gen (Series 0) and Series 1 watches.
    • The 40mm Series 5 watch has 10% more battery capacity than the 40mm Series 4 model, compared to less than a 1% YoY increase for the 44mm model. In fact, the Series 5 changes take the 40mm model from the smallest battery in the lineup to one with 2% more capacity than even the larger 1st gen (Series 0) and Series 1 models.
    • Series 3 models have the largest battery capacity for their respective sizes (but are also the thickest).

    Larger size
    Apple Watch Series 5 44mm—1.13 Wh rating
    Apple Watch Series 4 44mm—1.12 Wh rating
    Apple Watch Series 3 42mm—1.34 Wh rating
    Apple Watch Series 2 42mm—1.27 Wh rating
    Apple Watch Series 1 42mm—0.93 Wh rating
    Apple Watch 1st gen (Series 0) 42mm—0.93 Wh rating

    Smaller size
    Apple Watch Series 5 40mm—0.95 Wh rating
    Apple Watch Series 4 40mm—0.86 Wh rating
    Apple Watch Series 3 38mm—1.07 Wh rating
    Apple Watch Series 2 38mm—1.03 Wh rating
    Apple Watch Series 1 38mm—0.93 Wh rating
    Apple Watch 1st gen (Series 0) 38mm—0.93 Wh rating

    TL;DR Series 5 is a big battery upgrade for 40mm watch users but 44mm watch users may notice similar (or less) battery life due to combination of the always-on display, lower power display hardware and minimal battery changes.
  • Netflix drops AirPlay support citing unnamed 'technical limitations'

    My take on this is that their financial model charges more for concurrent streaming to multiple devices. As iOS 13 will allow multiple instances of the same app to be open on iPad you could theoretically airplay one video to a TV while watching a second video on the iPad using picture-in-picture mode.
  • Apple says some 2018 iPad Pro units ship with bent chassis, not considered a defect

    Apple on Wednesday confirmed "some" 2018 iPad Pro models ship out to consumers with a slightly bent chassis, though the company says the deformation does not degrade performance and is not considered a defect. 
    Translation: The defect is widespread and would be too expensive for us to acknowledge, retool and replace affected units.

    Alternative translation: Apple are first to market with a curved display tablet.

    Apple Marketing translation: An iPad so powerful it bends the space-time continuum!
  • Review: 'Mario Kart Tour' on the iPhone and iPad falls short on nearly every front

    I'm a long-time Nintendo fan and I'm extremely disappointed by their mobile efforts. I'm immensely grateful that the Switch is profitable because this is hot, wet garbage.

    These aren't games, they are psychologically-tuned poker-machines that fit in your pocket and can ping you with reminders. I don't care if they are profitable, these mechanics need to be outright banned. They give the industry a bad name and distract developers from making genuinely creative experiences that delight and enrich lives.
  • Review: Apple Card is more of an experience than a reward generator

    Just remember kids: If you can’t afford to pay off your balance in full each month you can’t afford a credit card.
  • Shortcuts can run locally on Apple Watch in watchOS 7

    Between being able to share faces via iMessage, the App Store and now this it sure seems like the big feature for Apple watch series 6 is that it will be able to operate complete independently of the iPhone.
  • Apple responds to Senate concerns about COVID-19 app privacy

    I think it’s wonderful that Apple is taking the lead here and showing that you can have incredible functionality without compromising individual privacy. They seemed exceptionally quick to develop this framework for managing the Bluetooth connections. I wonder if this is simply related to the work they are rumoured to have been doing with tile tracking.

  • First look: New 9.7-inch iPad Pro is Apple's most advanced tablet

    Yeah, having a device that rocks back and forth due to not being flush on the surface while using the Pencil is brilliant. The one flaw on this thing. 
    Agreed. Apple pencil support had me really pumped for this, but now I'm gonna keep my Air 2. The bump is excusable on the iPhone since it's designed to be used with a case. But the magazine thin profile of the iPad is a major part of it's appeal.