Category Archives: Apple Watch

Episode 133, Apple advances personal health by introducing secure sharing and new insights



In this episode, we will discuss the announcement during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2021) that with iOS 15, iPhone and Apple Watch users will now have the ability to share health data with loved ones or a care network, view Trends, and measure their Walking Steadiness.

iOS 15 brings secure sharing and new insights for users within the Health application.
Users can choose to share their health and wellness data with loved ones or caregivers for more meaningful conversations and support, even from afar.
Users have granular control over which health data types they choose to share and with whom.

 


Episode 132, Apple debuts iOS 15 bringing new ways to stay connected and powerful features that help users focus, explore, and do more with on-device intelligence



In this episode, we will discuss one of Apple’s announcements Monday kicking off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference 2021 with major updates to FaceTime, new Focus features to reduce distraction, enhanced on-device intelligence to discover information, and more ways to explore the world using Maps, Weather, and Wallet.

iOS 15 introduces SharePlay in FaceTime, Live Text using on-device intelligence, redesigned Notifications, and more.
The stunning Portrait mode from the Camera app is now optimized for video calls in FaceTime.
Focus helps users filter notifications to reduce distractions, using a custom Focus or a suggested Focus like Work or Sleep.
An all-new city navigation and exploration experience comes to Apple Maps with more realistic and colorful details.

Episode 126, Apple releases iOS 14.5 delivering unlock iPhone with Apple Watch, more diverse Siri voice options, and new privacy controls



In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s release of  iOS 14.5 delivering features including unlock iPhone with Apple Watch, more diverse Siri voice options, new privacy controls operating systems and much more.

Apple users can now use their Apple Watch to securely unlock iPhone when Face ID is enabled while wearing a face mask.
iOS 14.5 adds six new emoji characters including a face exhaling, woman with beard, and heart on fire, among others.
Users can now select different skin tones for each individual in the couple kissing and couple with heart emoji.

Episode 123, Apple’s announces new Fitness + workouts, Apple Watch Activity Challenges and Apple launch event scheduled



In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s announcement of new activity challenges for Earth Day and International Dance Day occurring soon and specialized workouts added to Fitness +. We will also talk about Apple’s event scheduled for Tuesday, April 20th at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.  More information about Mac Minutes is at the following website link.

Apple sets new Apple Watch Activity Challenges for Earth Day and International Dance Day.
New Workouts for Pregnancy, Workouts for Older Adults, and Workouts for Beginners will be available in Apple Fitness+ on Monday, April 19.

Episode 120, Stanford Study finds AppleWatch can accurately assess frailty; Apple updates mobile device operating systems



In this episode, we discuss how a Stanford Study found the AppleWatch can predict frailty in Veteran’s Health Administration patients, proving once again how important the AppleWatch when combined with an iPhone can be in a health program.  We will finish the podcast covering Apple’s recent updates of various mobile device operating systems, including iOS 14.4.2, iPad OS 14.2.2 and WatchOS 7.3.3. You can read the Stanford Study and find out more information at the Mac Minutes Podcast website. (Image courtesy of Apple Inc.)

An Apple Watch, such as the Series 4, which monitors ECG functions, is one such device that can augment your home healthcare program.

Episode 116, eero 6 Pro Mesh hands-on review; Apple Watch users can earn a limited-edition fitness award with the International Women’s Day Activity Challenge



In this episode I will be giving a hands-on review of the eero Pro 6 mesh system and share Apple’s fitness activity award celebrating International Women’s Day.  You can find a comprehensive list of Apple’s events celebrating Women’s History Month at the attached link.  More information for the eero Pro 6 is at eero and the podcast at  Mac Minutes Podcast.

eero Pro 6 covers up to: 2,000 sq. ft and is tri-band with enough bandwidth to deliver high speeds to over 75+ connected devices. One device costs around $229 US.
eero Beacon adds up to 1,500 sq. ft. of coverage to your existing eero and extends your eero network with speeds
up to 350 Mbps. Price is about $119 US.
Apple Watch users can earn a limited-edition award with the International Women’s Day Activity Challenge on March 8.

Episode 114, AppleWatch ECG studies prove to be able to early detect COVID-19; hands-on Maskfone protective mask review



In this episode we will reexamine the AppleWatch ECG functions and the discuss the results from a recent study at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York that associated with wearable devices to identify and detect if a wearer has COVID-19 days before they are diagnosed or symptoms appear. We will also do a hands-on product review of the MaskFone, a combination of N95 mask and integrated earbuds that will change how you look at wearing a mask. The School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Study is available at https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.11.06.20226803v1.full.pdf. (Graphics courtesy of MASKFONE and Apple Inc.)

A-fib means the heart is beating in an irregular pattern and is the most common form of serious arrhythmia.
MASKFONE is the optimal face mask. It provides maximum protection against airborne health risks, while affording a more convenient and serviceable way of taking phone calls and listening to music. More info is at https://global.maskfone.com

Episode 112, Apple celebrates Black History Month with new AppleWatch 6 design; fitness activity award; and Apple makes security and firmware updates



In this episode we will discuss Apple celebration of  Black History Month with new AppleWatch 6 design, fitness activity award and more. Also, Apple makes a security update to iOS 14.4; iPadOS 14.4; and firmware updates for the HomePod, HomePod mini; and tvOS 14.4. (AppleWatch graphic courtesy of Apple Inc.)

 

Apple introduces the Black Unity Collection, designed to celebrate and acknowledge Black history and Black culture. The collection includes a limited-edition Apple Watch Series 6, the Black Unity Sport Band, and the Unity watch face.
The Black Unity Sport Band uses colors inspired by the Pan-African flag with the words “Truth. Power. Solidarity.” laser-engraved onto the closure
Apple Watch users can participate in a new Unity Activity Challenge and earn the limited-edition award by closing their Move ring seven days in a row during February.

Episode 109, Uninterrupted Power Supplies protect your Apple devices; Bandkeeper keeps your Apple Watch bands organized



Happy New Year! This week’s episode will look at how Uninterrupted Power Supplies, commonly referred to as a UPS,to protect your Apple devices and review the Bandkeeper storage system for your Apple Watchbands. You can find more information at www.bandkeeeper.com and at our new website: www.MacMinutesPodcast.com

Bandkeeper Folder, with Inserts can be found at www.bandkeeper.com

Episode 108, Using Apple’s Sleep Tracking Application on Apple Watch and iPhone to help you improve your sleep habits in 2021



In this episode we will look at using Apple Watch and iPhone to improve sleep in 2021. For many it’s a New Year’s resolution and for others it simply a desire to improve your health and mental wellness. It’s easy to track your sleep using Apple technology. We will look at Apple’s sleep tracking and making it work to improve your life. You can reference the written instructions at the Apple Support link: https://support.apple.com/guide/watch/sleep-apd830528336/watchos (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Viewing your recent sleep history is a key feature of the Sleep Tracking App on the Apple Watch.
With Apple Watch Sleep Tracking there is a feature to change or turn off your next wake-up alarm.