Apple has announced a temporary halt in sales for its flagship smartwatches, the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the US. This decision is a response to an International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling in a long-running patent dispute with medical technology firm Masimo. The dispute is specifically regarding the blood oxygen sensor technology in these watch models.
Apple has officially designated its original Apple Watch as obsolete. This decision coincides with the launch of the Apple Watch Series 9, and marks the first instance where the 38mm and 42mm first-generation Apple Watch models have been included in the obsolete category.
Double Tap is a gesture-based feature designed exclusively for Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 models and later. It enables control of the watch with a double-tap of the thumb and index finger, making one-handed use easier during activities like dog-walking or carrying groceries.
The latest Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 have introduced feature called Double Tap, greatly improving one-handed usability. This convenient gesture empowers users to effortlessly answer calls, snap photos, navigate widgets, and execute various functions without fumbling for the Apple Watch screen or Digital Crown. Apple plans to roll out Double Tap with a forthcoming software update scheduled for October.
Keeping Apple Watch bands clean and free of germs can be accomplished with a few simple materials. For most bands that are not leather, gently wipe the band's exterior with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. If necessary, lightly dampen the cloth with water. Make sure the band is dry before reattaching to the watch.