Last Active
  • 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.

  • Hands on with the 2019 10.2-inch seventh generation iPad

    I'd upgrade to this from my iPad Air 2 if it had a laminated display. Until then I'll just look at the pricing of the iPad Pro and cry a little bit inside.
  • 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.
  • 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.