Apple Watch owners have a new option to easily unlock their iPhones when wearing a face mask. The global pandemic has made it more difficult to unlock iPhones using Face ID, given that the TrueDepth camera looks to match an entire face. With the mouth and nose covered, this process mostly ends up with the user entering a passcode. Some have tried to train their iPhones to recognize a mask, but there is a more secure way.
The grid view of app icons on Apple Watch acts like the macOS dock, making apps that are closer to the center larger. Swiping around a large collection of apps floating like bubbles is not everyone's favorite interface. For those who prefer to see app names, a scrollable list may be easier to use. Switching between the two is accomplished with a few taps.
The app view can be changed at any time, either on the paired iPhone or on the Apple Watch directly. Once the app view is switched to a list, the Digital Crown can be used to browse apps.
According to reports, the much-rumored blood glucose sensor will debut in the Apple Watch Series 7. Korean sources point to Samsung, which has developed non-invasive blood sugar measurement technology. The company is poised to introduce the sensor on its upcoming Galaxy Watch refresh. Apple does not intend to be left behind.
While the AirPower charging mat never came to fruition, Apple has another option coming before the end of the year. The MagSafe Duo charger was first revealed at the iPhone 12 product launch. Production units have already made their way to reviewers. Apple has not officially discussed a release date for the MagSafe Duo, but at one Apple Authorized Reseller it can already be ordered.
Apple Watch users can now stream tunes from Spotify without the help of an iPhone. The Spotify app has added support for stand alone streaming over Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection. This means Spotify is truly untethered from its dependence on a paired iPhone.