The Stop-the-Fall Edition Saturday, October 9, 2021

'It's A Big Deal' Apple Discusses Life-changing New Health Features Found On Your iPhone, by David Snelling, Express

Apple makes no secret of the fact that it wants its iPhone to be much more than just a way to browse the web, send text messages, and make the odd voice call. Easily one of the biggest new frontiers for this device, that millions of us have in our pockets, is health. As part of iOS 15, which launched across the globe last month, Apple introduced a swathe of features, including ways to share your health data with family, track trends in your overall wellbeing, and even see how steady you are on your feet via something called Walking Steadiness.

These updates can all now be found in the Health app, but it's Walking Steadiness that could prove to be the most life-changing. While Apple has offered "Fall Detection" for some time on its Apple Watch smartwatches – alerting loved ones when you take a tumble and don't immediately move to stand up – Apple wants to take things a step further by trying to stop the fall in the first place.

On App Stores

Apple Files Appeal In Epic Games Case, Potentially Delaying App Store Changes For Years, by Kif Leswing, CNBC

Apple filed a notice of appeal in the Epic Games case and is asking for a stay on the injunction that lets developers add in-app links to payment websites, according to company representatives and documents filed on Friday.

If Apple wins the stay, which will be decided by a judge in November, a rule change potentially allowing developers to circumvent App Store fees of 15% to 30% may not take effect until appeals in the case have finished, a process that could take years.

Apple Rejects Developers Horoscope App, Says App Store Has Enough, by Stephen Warwick, iMore

Apple has rejected a horoscope app from a developer because it says the App Store simply has too many of them.

Apple Watch

Apple Removes The Apple Watch Series 6 From Its Official Lineup, by Jay Peters, The Verge

The Apple Watch Series 7 is finally available to preorder, nearly a month after Apple announced the new smartwatch. But the launch of the Series 7 also brings the removal of the Series 6 from the company’s official Apple Watch lineup.

The Apple Watch Is Like A Nag On Your Wrist — And It Needs To Stop, by Lisa Schmeiser, Tom's Guide

It's nice that the Fitness app tries to nudge its users -- sometimes. But why should it be the only one to decide what counts as a goal? Give Apple Watch users the option to set goals, whether it's paring a minute off their average running pace, swimming 365 kilometers in a calendar year or doing 6 hours of yoga per week.

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There are some rule changes here in Singapore for the strange times, again. I'm trying my very best not to hope, not to worry, not to guess what will the next day / month / year be, and not to care.


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