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“Apple today released watchOS 5.2 to the public, and the update includes the expansion of ECG support to a handful of new countries. With today’s expansion, ECG on Apple Watch Series 4 is now available in over 20 countries and territories around the world.”
“Flexibits shipped its Fantastical-like answer to dealing with contacts on the Mac when Cardhop debuted a year and a half ago. Fast-forward to today and Cardhop is now ready to make our contacts libraries manageable on iPhones and iPads too.”
AirPods 2 hands on: Best iPhone truly wireless headphones get better
Benjamin Mayo has a great piece on his experience with the new AirPods:
You definitely notice that the new AirPods connect faster and switch between devices much more quickly than the older generation. You can throw them in your ears and it takes only a beat to change to the Mac when you select the audio source from the menu bar. The switching isn’t instantaneous but rather than 5-8 rotations of the loading spinner in Control Center, now you only get 2 or 3. It makes a big difference.
The lower latency is also noticeable. When I’m bored, I play Crossy Road on my phone, mindlessly swiping the chicken around the cars. When wearing first-gen AirPods, I would always leave Crossy Road on mute as the delay between performing the action and hearing it in my ears was simply too much. The AirPods 2 improve on this substantially such that playing with music and sound effects enabled is now bearable given the reduced sound lag.
And on Hey Siri:
The addition of always-on Hey Siri is a surprisingly big leap for the product. Speaking to the air is much more natural than the double-tap gesture. For public settings, there’s still the self-consciousness barrier to being okay with talking to yourself whilst walking down the street. In the privacy of my own home, I have no qualms saying Hey Siri and talking to the air to skip a track or change what I’m listening to. iPhone, iPad, HomePod, Watch. I have so many devices listening for the ‘Hey Siri’ trigger around me and yet the inclusion of the feature in the new AirPods does not feel redundant.
Up to now, I had been mostly relying on the ‘Raise to Speak’ functionality of Siri on Apple Watch for my voice command requests. Now that the AirPods are at my beck and call when they are in my ears, I see myself preferring that route to Siri over anything else. You can safely talk to your AirPods and not worry about every other device waking up to your command. Having AirPods mean causes the paired device to become the leader and every other Siri client defers to it. The AirPods ‘Hey Siri’ even beats the HomePod in the order of priority.
“Since its introduction with the Apple Watch Series 4, the ECG feature has been available only for Apple Watches purchased in the United States.”
“Following the event today, Apple has not released any new hardware but it has rebranded the 2015 fourth-generation Apple TV as the Apple TV HD. The set-top box, formerly known as simply ‘Apple TV’, now has a better name that it distinguishes it from the newer Apple TV 4K.”
“Apple today has officially shown off its upgraded TV application. The TV app now integrates with third-party subscriptions, allowing users to sign up for services directly through Apple. Peter Stern, Apple’s VP of Services, showed off the app on-stage.”
“After months of speculation and TV show deals, Apple today has officially announced its foray into original content. The service will be called Apple TV +. Apple first launched two original content TV shows in June of 2017 with ‘Planet of the Apps’ and ‘Carpool Karaoke.”
“Apple today has revealed a new game subscription service it is calling “Apple Arcade.” This will allow iOS, macOS, and tvOS users to pay a flat monthly fee and access a bundle of otherwise paid apps through the App Store.”
“On stage during its “It’s Show Time” event, Apple announced a partnership with Goldman Sachs to introduce its own credit card, integrated with the Wallet app. We first heard about this project on a report from WSJ in late February, we also found evidence in code from an iOS 12.2 beta.”