Apple explains how ‘Hey Siri’ works using a Deep Neural Network and machine learning

Apple has published a fascinating new entry in its Machine Learning Journal this month that explains how the voice-activated ‘Hey Siri’ detector works in detail. While many of these entries tend to be too in depth for the average reader (i.e. me), October’s entry from the Siri team includes several interesting (and understandable!) tidbits about what happens behind-the-scenes when you use ‘Hey Siri’ on your iPhone and Apple Watch. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - [Read Entire Story]

Spark email client gains scheduling and reminders as Bear notes app hits Apple Watch

Readdle has updated its email app Spark with new productivity features on both iOS and macOS. Spark now includes Send Later and Follow-up Reminders to make managing a busy inbox easier. Apple Watch is also getting a productivity boost thanks to Bear bringing its popular note-taking app to watchOS. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Second watchOS 4.1, macOS 10.13.1, and tvOS 11.1 betas now available

watchOS 4.1 beta 2 for all Apple Watch models is now available for developers to test. The upcoming watchOS update brings Apple Music streaming over Wi-Fi and LTE plus a new Radio app to Apple Watch. macOS 10.13.1 beta 2 and tvOS 11.1 beta 2 are also now available for testing. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Happy Hour Podcast 141 | HomeKit and AirPlay 2, Sonos One event, and HomePod competition

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the new Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones, iOS 11.0.2 for iPhone 8 and watchOS 4.0.1 for Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Pay Cash testing, Nike+ Run Club’s watchOS app update, running with streaming music on watchOS 4.1, HomeKit updates including Philips Hue and Chamberlain products, the Sonos One event and AirPlay 2 support, HomePod’s latest competition, and more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts [Read Entire Story]

Happy Hour Podcast 140 | Apple TV 4K hands on, High Sierra debut, and what’s new in watchOS 4.1

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the new Apple TV 4K, macOS High Sierra launching, Apple Watch Series 3 and LTE apps, watchOS 4.1 beta and streaming music, and more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Google Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Starbucks now lets you reload store cards with Apple Pay on Apple Watch

Starbucks just made its Apple Watch app a whole lot more useful. Starting today you can reload your Starbucks Card using Apple Pay right on the Apple Watch. Paying with your Starbucks Card was previously supported but was possible with the built-in Wallet app; reloading required using the iPhone app. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit’s $300 ‘Ionic’ Apple Watch competitor launching October 1, SDK preview out tomorrow

Last month Fitbit unveiled its $300 Ionic smart watch based on its acquisition of Pebble, and today the company has announced the ship date for its Apple Watch competitor. Fitbit Ionic will hit stores on October 1 in plenty of time for the holidays (and just a few days before Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3). Fitbit has already been taking pre-orders for its new smart watch on its website and promises orders will ship within one week. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit’s $300 ‘Ionic’ Apple Watch competitor launching October 1

Last month Fitbit unveiled its $300 Ionic smart watch based on its acquisition of Pebble, and today the company has announced the ship date for its Apple Watch competitor. Fitbit Ionic will hit stores on October 1 in plenty of time for the holidays (and just a few days before Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3). Fitbit has already been taking pre-orders for its new smart watch on its website and promises orders will ship within one week. more… . SOURCE: 9to5Toys - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Tim Cook says iPhone 8 in ‘good supply’ on launch day, Apple Watch Series 3 LTE issue ‘very minor’ 

It’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus release day, and CNBC caught up with Apple CEO Tim Cook during his ritual Apple Store visit to check in on the launch. Despite the both new iPhones not selling out across the board like previous models (because the iPhone X is coming in November), Cook says ‘we really like what we’re seeing’ with today’s launch. He also acknowledged the reported LTE connectivity bug affecting some Apple Watch Series 3 models. more… SOURCE: [Read Entire Story]

Review: Apple Watch Series 3 unlocks new potential with LTE, dramatically improved Siri

When the first generation Apple Watch debuted in 2015, people often called it the Dick Tracy watch because you could make phone calls from your wrist like the comic book strip detective known for his 2-way wrist radio. Apple Watch wasn’t fully there yet, however, because it needed a nearby iPhone to actually carry those phone calls. Answering the phone on your watch could be convenient, but it was mostly just a neat demo since you had to carry the iPhone anyway. Fast forward to today and [Read Entire Story]

watchOS 4 update for Apple Watch is now available, here’s everything new

watchOS 4 is out today as a free update for all Apple Watch models. The latest version brings three new watch faces including Toy Story and Siri, new versions of Music and the Heart Rate app, enhancements to the Activity and Workout apps including High Intensity Interval Training, and much more. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

KGI: iPhone X eating iPhone 8 pre-orders, LTE Apple Watch Series 3 demand stronger than expected

KGI Securities has issued a new report on iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 pre-order sales after the initial launch weekend. Both new products hit stores this Friday with pre-orders starting three days ago. KGI believes the iPhone X may be impacting iPhone 8 sales while the Apple Watch Series 3 is seeing stronger-than-expected demand. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

KGI lowers iPhone X shipping estimates, expects supply constraints into 2018

KGI Securities has released its first two analyst notes on the iPhone forecast since Apple’s big event on Tuesday. In the new reports, KGI addresses the later-than-anitipacted pre-order and delivery dates for the iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE features, and more. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Happy Hour Podcast 137 | Eleventh hour iPhone X and LTE Apple Watch leaks

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss 9to5Mac’s exclusive look at the leaked iOS 11 GM and what it reveals about the LTE Apple Watch and new iPhone X. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

iOS 11 GM leak confirms D22 ‘iPhone 8’ features: Portrait Lighting, True Tone Display, revised AirPods, much more

Here we go. We’re digging through the iOS 11 GM we received this evening to unpack what we can learn about the D22 ‘iPhone 8’ and the rest of the lineup ahead of Apple’s big unveiling on Tuesday. It looks like the infamous HomePod leak left a few surprises for us after all. The first discovery is a stunning set of new wallpapers coming with iOS 11 and the first look at the LTE Apple Watch. Next up: new and confirmed features coming to the OLED iPhone… [Read Entire Story]

Pebble watch creator wants your iPhone to charge your AirPods

Okay, I’m not sure this is what people had in mind when they suggested bundling AirPods with the iPhone. Pebble smartwatch founder Eric Migicovsky and friends are back with a new Kickstarter campaign for the PodCase, an iPhone battery case that also stores and charges your AirPods. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Apple: Watch exercise lab ‘collected more data on activity and exercise’ than any human performance study in history

Apple has granted Men’s Health a behind-the-scenes look at its exercise lab where it develops health and activity tracking features for the Apple Watch. Apple first unveiled its fitness facility in the run up to the original Apple Watch in 2015, and a new Apple Watch with LTE is expected to be unveiled on September 12 at the iPhone 8 event. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

watchOS 4 beta 8 for Apple Watch now available

Apple has released the eighth watchOS 4 developer beta for testing on all Apple Watch models. watchOS 4 brings new watch faces including Siri and Toy Story options, enhanced Music and Workout experiences, Apple News, person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash, and more. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit launches $300 ‘Ionic’ Apple Watch competitor w/ 4+ day battery, sleep tracking, more

Fitbit has officially unveiled its new ‘Ionic’ health and fitness tracker with smartwatch features that compete with the Apple Watch. Fitbit Ionic is priced at $299 and is comparable to the Apple Watch Series 2 which starts at $369. more… . SOURCE: 9to5Toys - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Happy Hour Podcast 133 | LTE Apple Watch doubts, controversial iOS 11 icons and Apple’s TV ambitions

This week Benjamin and Jeff discuss the latest Apple Watch 3 rumors including LTE and cellular calling, the new iOS 11 beta 6 and what has changed, Apple’s billion dollar TV show buying budget, and Jeff’s Nintendo Switch video review. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

KGI: LTE Apple Watch likely using eSIM, no phone calling or Android support expected

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has an update to the recent LTE Apple Watch report that includes a few details about what to expect. Kuo expects cellular models of the Apple Watch will use an eSIM and not a physical SIM card as a space-saving measure, and the cellular connection may only be used for data transfer and not phone call features. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

KGI: Apple Watch 3 to come in LTE and non-LTE models, no obvious form factor change

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released a new forecast on the next generation Apple Watch. According to Kuo, the Apple Watch 3 will ship later this year with both LTE and non-LTE models offered. Kuo also expects the next Apple Watch will retain the same general design and not feature an obvious new form factor. more… SOURCE: 9to5Mac - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]