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watchOS 4.1 brings LTE Apple Music streaming, GymKit support & more

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Apple has seeded the public build of watchOS 4.1. The update brings in some big new additions for Apple Watch Series 3, and fixes for the original watch.

As with every major software update on the planet, watchOS 4.1 comes along new features as well as bug fixes and performance improvements. Features announced during Apple Watch Series 3 keynote are now available through this update.

watchOS 4.1 Software Update

With watchOS 4.1, LTE streaming for Apple Music and iCloud Music Library is now possible. There’s a new Radio app bundled that lets Series 3 wearers listen to Beats 1 and other stations on Apple Music.

For more accurate and easy measure, watchOS 4.1 has support for GymKit as well. The feature allows to sync fitness data with GymKit-enabled equipments.

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  • Stream music on Apple Watch Series 3 with Apple Music or iCloud Music Library
  • Listen to live radio on Beats 1, custom stations, and expert-curated stations with the new Radio app on Apple Watch Series 3
  • Use Siri to find, discover, and play songs, playlists, or albums
  • Sync fitness data with GymKit-enabled treadmills, ellipticals, stair steppers, and indoor bikes for more accurate distance, pace, and energy burn metrics
  • Ability to disconnect from a Wi-Fi network in Control Center for Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular)
  • Fixes an issue for Apple Watch Series 1 and later where Heart Rate notifications were delivered when the feature was not enabled
  • Fixes an issue where some users did not receive Stand Reminders
  • Resolves an issue where the current Stand hour indicator did not appeal for some users
  • Resolves an issue that was caused haptics to not be delivered for silent alarms
  • Addresses an issue that prevented Apple Watch (1st generation) from charging for some
  • Resolves an issue where the Sunrise / Sunset complication would sometimes not appear
  • Restores Mandarin as the default dictation language for China

Apple Watch wearers can grab the watchOS 4.1 update via the Watch app for iOS. Make sure you have at least 50-percent battery and the wearable is connected to a power source while updating to watchOS 4.1.

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Apple updates Clips for iOS with Selfie Scenes, Stickers and more

Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.

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Apple has updated Clips app for iOS. The update adds more great content for video creation, including Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.

The new Clips iOS app brings six new Selfie Scenes that transport you into different worlds. These are 360-degree backgrounds that augment while taking selfie photos and videos. Selfie Scenes make use of Apple’s TrueDepth camera system on iOS devices, which restricts the feature to iPhone X and above models, and the new iPad Pro.

You can blend seamlessly into a variety of scenes, including a beautiful rainforest, a mad scientist’s lab, and even an action-packed scene from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2, thanks to the Neural Engine on Apple’s Bionic chips.

Amongst the new additions, Clips now has three new real-time filters that transform video clips into black-and-white comic books, monochrome watercolor paintings, and aged film.

There’s a bunch of new stickers and text labels in tow to use in videos. If that’s not enough, Apple has also added 17 new royalty-free soundtracks to compliment the videos that you’ll be making. Moreover, the newly-added posters lets you create great-looking video title cards with designs including science, sports and even Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Coco.

Apple Clips 2.0.5 is available to download as a free update on the App Store. Happy updating!

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Fifth iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1 betas now available

Inching closer to the public release,

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Apple has dropped a trio of beta software builds today, including iOS 12.1 beta 5, tvOS 12.1 beta 5, and watchOS 5.1 beta 5. The updates are now available to registered Apple developers.

iOS 12.1 brings a host of new features and improvements, including Group FaceTime which allows you to chat with up to 31 people simultaneously. It also adds Dual SIM support and real-time depth adjustment for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. Not to forget, eSIM support will be available in the US only.

We’re expecting Apple to drop the public release of iOS 12.1 during its October Special Event next week. Till then, Stay tuned. 

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Redesigned Tweetbot 5 for iOS brings GIF support, optimized dark mode and more

An optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for this iPhone season.

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Tweetbot 5 for iOS

Tweetbot, the award-winning Twitter client has been updated on iOS to bring GIF support, redesigned profiles amongst other new features today. The update to version 5 also makes Tweetbot ready for iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR.

What you’ll notice first upon updating to Tweetbot 5 on iOS is the new app icon. It’s now identical to the iconography on Mac. The app also lets you compose GIF that’s powered by Giphy. And an optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for when you’ve got an iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max. Other changes to Tweetbot 5 on iOS follows:

  • Redesigned tweet status details.
  • Support for haptic feedback.
  • Auto video playback in the timeline (which can be disabled in the settings).
  • Ability to add descriptions to images when composing.

Tweetbot 5 is available to download from the App Store for $4.99. If you’re an existing Tweetbot user, you’ll get the update over-the-air for free, of course.

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