Apple Seeds First Beta of watchOS 4.2.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.2.2 update to developers, a little over one week after releasing the watchOS 4.2 update, which introduced Apple Pay Cash on the Apple Watch. Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software update. To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 [Read Entire Story]

watchOS 4.1 GymKit Feature Rolls Out to First U.S. Gym

GymKit, the watchOS 4.1 feature that allows the Apple Watch to interface with gym equipment like treadmills, has started rolling out in the United States in a very limited capacity. According to CNET, GymKit is available at the Life Time Athletic location at Sky in New York City. This is the sole location where GymKit is available, but it is coming to Equinox locations and additional Life Time Athletic locations in 2018. GymKit is also available at select locations in the United Kingdom [Read Entire Story]

T-Mobile is knocking $50 off the Apple Watch Series 3

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. T-Mobile is offering $50 off the Apple Watch Series 3 starting Dec. 8 and running for an unspecified amount of time. (We inquired with a press rep about that end date but all they said was that it would be for a "limited time.") If you're in need of a last minute stocking stuffer, Secret Santa gift, or have been on the fence about snagging the new Apple Watch for yourself, here's your answer [Read Entire Story]

Holiday sales are still happening: Get a Ticwatch 2 for less than $170

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Maybe your alarm didn't go off, maybe you merely snoozed it a few too many times, maybe you flat-out forgot to set it whilst in that sleepy post-turkey haze. Whatever your excuse, the truth is that you didn't get up early on Black Friday and, as a result, missed out on the best tech sales of the year. ; Well, most of them. Mobvoi's Ticwatch 2 is a sleeker, simpler, and more affordable [Read Entire Story]

Apple Giving Gifts Cards For Apple Watch Trade-Ins

Do you have an older Apple Watch that you no longer need? Or maybe you’re just done with the Apple Watch completely? We suppose selling it off on eBay or Craigslist is one of the ways you’ll be able to sell it off, but if you’d rather not deal with the hassle of negotiating, you can trade it in with Apple.According to a report from iDownloadblog, it seems that Apple is now accepting trade-ins for the Apple Watch, and customers who trade in the wearable will be given Apple Gift Cards in exchange. [Read Entire Story]

Apple Releases watchOS 4.2 With Support for Apple Pay Cash

Apple today released watchOS 4.2, the second major update to the watchOS 4 operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 4.2 comes a little over one month after the release of watchOS 4.1, the first major update to watchOS 4 that brought Apple Music streaming over LTE. watchOS 4.2 can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it [Read Entire Story]

Apple Introduces New Apple Watch Recycling Program Offering Gift Cards Up To $175

Apple today updated its Renew and Recycling program for the Apple Watch, offering Apple Store gift cards for older Apple Watch devices that are in good working condition through a partnership with Brightstar. Apple previously allowed customers to recycle the Apple Watch through its recycling program, but there were no gift cards offered. Gift cards received from recycling products can be put towards new devices purchased from the Apple Store, either at retail locations or online. Gift [Read Entire Story]

Apple Releases Apple Watch Sport Bands and iPhone Cases in Three New Colors

Apple today quietly added three new Apple Watch Sport bands to its online store, introducing three unique colors. The new bands are available in Spicy Orange, Dark Teal, and Flash, a bright shade of yellow. Flash and Spicy Orange match previously available Sport Loop and Woven Nylon bands. The Flash color is available for the Sport Loop, and Spicy Orange is available for both the Sport Loop and the Woven Nylon. The Spicy Orange shade is similar to the exclusive orange Apple Watch Sport [Read Entire Story]

Apple Watch Could Change Lives Thanks To New EKG Monitor & App

The Apple Watch has its first FDA-approved medical accessory that will check the owner’s heart activity thanks to the embedded sensor. The medical tech company AliveCor’s EKG monitor has been approved by the FDA this past week, making it the first certified medical device for the Apple Watch. AliveCor’s accessory KardiaBand allows Apple Watch owners to check their heart activity with the embedded sensor, which will let them know if there are any abnormal heart rhythms that [Read Entire Story]

Apple Shares New Short Holiday Ads Promoting Apple Watch Series 3

Apple is promoting the Apple Watch Series 3 as a holiday gift idea in a new series of ads shared this afternoon on its YouTube channel. Entitled "The Gift of Go," each of the four videos focuses on the Apple Watch Series 3 being used during a specific activity. The ads focus on snowboarding, soccer, working out, and swimming, with each one showing off a different Apple Watch Series 3 feature. Soccer and snowboarding, for example, demonstrate phone calls over cellular and text [Read Entire Story]

This new FDA-approved Apple Watch band measures the electricity in your heart

The Federal Drug Administration just cleared a new band for the Apple Watch that monitors the electrical rhythms in your heart. ; After a two-year process to satisfy the FDA's stringent requirements, AliveCor announced today that the Kardia Band is now available for purchase for $199. It's a mobile electrocardiogram (EKG), which measures a heart's electrical activity and has traditionally been used by doctors to identify abnormal cardiac rhythms. ; "It’s a regulated measure of physiology [Read Entire Story]

Apple Launches Study On Irregular Heartbeat

Apple has teamed up with Stanford Health to launch the Apple Heart Study app. It’s a research study on irregular heartbeat. The app will allow the Apple Watch to collect data to irregular beat rhythms and will also proactively notify users when they might be experiencing atrial fibrillation. The app will be available to users who are 22 years or older. Apple previously announced this study during the release event of the Apple Watch Series 3. It was working on the process with the FDA at [Read Entire Story]

Apple Watch Market Share Declined Over Summer as Rumors Swirled About Series 3 Models With LTE

Apple Watch was the world's most popular smartwatch by a significant margin last quarter, but its market share declined over the summer, according to data shared with MacRumors by research firm IDC. Whereas the Apple Watch represented just under half of all smartwatches shipped in the second quarter with 49.6 percent market share, the device had an estimated 41 percent market share in the third quarter. In other words, four out of every 10 smartwatches shipped last quarter were Apple [Read Entire Story]

Macy’s Launches Apple Watch Series 1 Black Friday Discount: 38mm for $180 and 42mm for $210

The latest Black Friday deal has gone live today, and this time it's for the Apple Watch Series 1, which debuted alongside the Series 2 in September 2016. The Series 1 models lack the advancements of 2017's Series 3 -- like LTE and a faster processor -- but the older Apple Watch is still a reliable device, and now with a cheaper entry price over at Macy's, it makes for a great holiday gift. The retailer has the Apple Watch Series 1 discounted by $70 beginning today, with 38mm models [Read Entire Story]

Apple Watch Wearers Can Earn Thanksgiving Day Badge on Thursday

Apple today announced that Apple Watch users can earn a special Thanksgiving Day badge and accompanying iMessage sticker by completing a walk, run, or wheelchair workout with a distance of at least 5K (3.1 miles) on November 23. As with the Veterans Day badge, this achievement is only available on devices that have United States set as the region. The distance can be recorded with the Workout app or any third-party app that adds workouts to the Health app. Apple Watch users can view a [Read Entire Story]

Check Out These Black Friday Deals On Apple Devices

If you’re getting ready for Black Friday, we’ve put together a list of Apple products deals to help you with your holiday shopping. iPhone Walmart is offering the 32GB iPhone 6 on Straight Talk Wireless for $129, or the 32GB iPhone SE for $99. If you want a newer model iPhone, Walmart is offering a $300 store gift card when you purchase a select Apple product for $0 down on a contract with AT&T Next or Verizon Device. Best Buy is slashing off up to $200 on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus [Read Entire Story]

Check Out Pad & Quill’s Apple Watch Strap Called “Field”

Made for the urban jungle to the great outdoors, Pad & Quill’s new Apple Watch strap called Field, is perfect for if you’re looking for a simple, rugged but comfortable band for your Apple Watch. This band was sourced from 1000 pieces of denier cordura straight from the USA, with a full grain leather trim, a lined strap and a full grained leather interior, to make it soft, while durable at the same time. They also made it where it’s 2x stronger than nylon, 3x stronger than [Read Entire Story]

Are You Ready For The Apple Watch Thanksgiving Challenge?

The Cupertino-based company is getting ready to release another Apple Watch Activity Challenge for its users to complete on Thanksgiving Day. This year’s activity is similar to the activity Apple released last year for its users. If you’re an Apple Watch user, get ready, Apple will release an Activity Challenge for you to complete on Thursday, November 23rd to earn the 2017 Thanksgiving Activity badge and a sticker for iMessage. In order to obtain the badge and sticker, Apple Watch [Read Entire Story]

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of watchOS 4.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.2 update to developers for testing purposes, four days after seeding the third watchOS 4.2 beta and over two weeks after releasing the watchOS 4.1 update. Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS 4.2 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to [Read Entire Story]

Apple to Stop Accepting Updates to watchOS 1 Apps on April 1, 2018

Apple today reminded developers to update their Apple Watch apps to take advantage of features introduced in watchOS 4 and Apple Watch Series 3, like increased performance, new background modes for navigation and audio recording, direct connections to Core Bluetooth, and more. Apple also announced that starting on April 1, 2018, updates to watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted. All updates must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later. Newly submitted watchOS apps should be [Read Entire Story]

Apple has reclaimed the top spot in the wearable market for Q3 2017

While Android Wear feels dead in the water after the release of Android Wear 2.0 failed to energize sales, the Apple Watch has propelled Apple back to the top of the wearable charts for Q3 2017. The Apple Watch managed to ship 3.9 million units thanks to the release of the Apple Watch Series 3. Apple overtakes both Xiaomi and Fitbit as the lead wearable manufacturer. Xiaomi managed to ship 3.6 million units in the same quarter, while Fitbit follows close behind with 3.5 million units shipped. [Read Entire Story]

Apple Watch can now sync up with your gym equipment during a workout

Want the exact same workout results on your smartwatch as your treadmill? The Apple Watch's new feature, GymKit, allows users to connect their workouts with gym equipment, for more accurate data. SEE ALSO: A fitness tracker designed to help runners perfect their stride Apple's now rolling out the feature as part of the watchOS 4 update, first announced in June 2017 at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference. Launching on Thursday, GymKit allows Apple Watch wearers the ability to pair their [Read Entire Story]