The Healthy-and-Connected Edition Friday, January 22, 2021

The Apple Watch SE Has All You Need For Fitness Tracking, by Jakob Schiller, Outside Magazine

Apple will roll out new features on whatever watches launch in the future, but my guess is that those features won’t be something so new that you’ll want to upgrade. Instead, the SE will continue to keep you healthy, connected, and organized for years to come.

Apple Debuts A New 'Unity' Watch Face In The watchOS 7.3 Release Candidate, by Joe Wituschek, iMore

Apple rolled out the watchOS 7.3 release candidate to developers today. In addition to bringing ECG and irregular heart rhythm notifications to more countries and guided walking workouts to Apple Fitness+, the update also debuts a new "Unity" watch face.

Coming Soon?

Apple Plans Thinner MacBook Air With Magnetic Charger In Mac Lineup Reboot, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The new computer is planned to be released during the second half of this year at the earliest or in 2022. It will include Apple’s MagSafe charging technology and a next-generation version of the company’s in-house Mac processors. Apple has discussed making the laptop smaller by shrinking the border around the screen, which will remain 13-inches.

Apple’s First Headset To Be Niche Precursor To Eventual AR Glasses, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc.’s first crack at a headset is designed to be a pricey, niche precursor to a more ambitious augmented reality product that will take longer to develop, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The initial device has confronted several development hurdles and the company has conservative sales expectations, illustrating how challenging it will be to bring this nascent consumer technology to the masses.


Today At Apple And Made In LDN Launch Virtual Sessions For Young Musicians, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Today at Apple and Made in LDN are again teaming up with the creative arts youth space Spotlight to help young musicians launch their careers in the music industry. The Music Revival series will offer virtual creative sessions from February 10 to June 30.

Apple Debuts New Interactive Valentine's Day Gift Guide Featuring iPhone 12, HomePod Mini, And More, by Parker Ortolani, 9to5Mac

The gift guide is interactive and lets you shop for specific types of people like “lovers of photography” or “lovers of music.”

These Are The Best Sleep Tracking Apps For Apple Watch, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Sleep tracking with Apple Watch is a great way to gain new insight into your sleeping habits and trends over time. In fact, with the release of watchOS 7 last fall, Apple officially added native sleep tracking support to the Apple Watch for the first time. Read on as we round up the best sleep tracking apps for Apple Watch, comparing Apple’s first-party solution with the competition.

Fuzion App Expands Double Exposures And Image Blending Tech To All iPhones, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Fuzion launched back in 2019 as a super efficient and fun way to create unique images with double exposures and image blending. It was originally just compatible with iPhones that could take Portrait mode photos. Now with a major update, Fuzion is compatible with all iPhones and isn’t limited to official Portrait mode images. The update also brings other neat features like a text tool, stickers, fresh UI, and more.


Apple’s Bundle Grows…, by M.G. Siegler, 500ish

As with many of the things Amazon bakes into Prime, Apple is starting to understand the value of creating the illusion of value. You’re probably not going to sign up for a premium podcast service by itself, but it’s a great deal as a part of the bundle you’re already paying for. Customer retention.

What Color Was “Apple Beige”?, by Ben Zotto, Medium

I came by this relic, a remarkable artifact of the fledgling home computer era. It’s a small glass jar filled with an oil-based paint — there’s a little brush built into the cap, and the monochromatic label glued to it sports the old Apple Computer Inc logotype and the title “Apple Beige Touch-Up Paint”.

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I loved my 11-inch MacBook Air... when I was younger and have better eyesights than today's me. The rumored smaller, and possibly lighter, new MacBook Air will have greatly delighted the younger me.


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