The Best-Smartwatch Edition Thursday, October 14, 2021

Apple Watch Series 7 Review: Time And Time Again, by Dieter Bohn, The Verge

There’s no reason that we should have an expectation of major year-on-year updates for the Apple Watch. These smaller iterations might not be what we’ve been hoping for — a big redesign with much more battery — but that doesn’t make the Series 7 bad on its own merits.

It’s a great watch — again, the best smartwatch. If it’s time for you to replace your watch (or buy your first one), you’ll love it. If it’s not time to replace your watch, it’s not time to replace your watch.

Apple Watch Series 7, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

My first few days wearing the Series 7, my gut reaction was less that the watch itself had grown too large, but rather that the Utility watch dial had grown too large. Now, one week in, I’ve grown used to it. I needed time to adjust. Everything is bigger on the Series 7 watch faces, including the complications.

The Apple Watch Series 7 Officially Ditches The Hidden Diagnostic Port, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

The Apple Watch’s diagnostic port has been a mysterious part of the wearable lineup since its first model, but the new Series 7 officially ditches the six-pin port entirely.

On Security

Alleged Bluetooth Exploit Can Remotely Wipe Nearby iPhones, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The exploit is hands-off from the perspective of the user, such that they even suggest that riding a bike through a city surreptitiously wiping iPhones is a legitimate possibility. Based on the screenshot of the email with Apple security, the issue has been addressed in iOS 15.1.


Apple Extends Repair Program For AirPods Pro With Crackling Sound Issues, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Apple last year launched a repair program for its AirPods Pro wireless earbuds, as some units had been affected by a problem causing “crackling or static sounds.” The company has now extended the AirPods Pro repair program with an additional year of coverage.

Luna Display 5.0 Turns An iPad Into A Second Screen For A Windows PC, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

That means Mac users who have a Luna Display can also now use it with PCs, connecting a secondary ‌iPad‌ to a PC to serve as an extra display.


Tim Cook Visits LGBTQ+ Resource Center And Meets With Developers In Utah, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

On Wednesday, Cook announced support for the Encircle project, which is a resource center aimed at supporting youth in the LGBTQ+ community.

Tim Cook Pledges Donation To Support Communities In China Floods , by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

As he has with multiple emergencies and natural disasters, Tim Cook has promised that Apple will donate money to assist communities recover from the severe flooding in northern China.

Thieves Abused Apple's Enterprise App Programs To Steal $1.4 Million In Crypto, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

After gaining the trust of the victim through the dating apps, scammers start discussing cryptocurrency investments. They are then directed to a website that looks like the Apple App Store, and then told to download a Mobile Device Management profile, giving control of a number of features, and the ability to use signed apps made by the fraudsters.

Bottom of the Page

iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch. Apple managed to improve on all these devices every year that Apple can (and do) claim that the newest version is the best version they've made.

Which made the many missteps Apple had made for the Mac all the more disappointing.


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