For the third year running, Apple is holding an Apple Watch Activity Challenge to help celebrate National Parks. Last year's workout was designed to mark the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. This year, users are asked to earn awards on August 30th by hiking, walking, riding, or running a mile or more. The activity can be logged by any app that adds workouts to Health.
Apple Watch battery life typically decreases as the device gets older and the lithium-ion battery is charged for more cycles. Apple states that an Apple Watch battery consumed by normal use should last around three years.
If the battery life drops below 80 percent of its original capacity, the battery can be replaced by Apple under warranty free of charge.
The dream of a completely self-contained Apple Watch came closer to reality with the addition of cellular data. While many functions of the iPhone can be accomplished with just the watch, taking photos is conspicuously absent. Third-party accessories which add a camera to the Apple Watch are available, but Apple has raised eyebrows itself with a recently awarded patent.
If you have Sounds & Haptics dialed up on your Apple Watch it may ding you at inappropriate times, like business meetings or at the movies. Sometimes turning the volume down by navigating to your Sounds & Haptics settings may not be an option, so you need a quicker solution. This is why Apple has added its "Cover to Mute" feature -- a quicker way to silence your Apple Watch. Just hold your hand over your Watch face for 3-seconds to enter Silent Mode. Your Watch will tap you on your hand to let you know the feature has been enabled.
The Apple Watch Series 4 (and later) offers fall detection to help users in case of falls. This is a great feature for the elderly and other people who are a fall risk. When enabled, your Apple Watch will tap you on the wrist and sound an alarm when it detects a hard fall. You can then contact emergency services by tapping the alert on your Watch, or dismiss the alert by pressing the Digital Crown, tapping Close in the upper-left corner, or tapping "I'm OK."