New iOS 14.7, tvOS 14.7, and watchOS 7.6 updates expand ECG support and more

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Ars Technica 19 July, 2021 - 02:21pm 26 views

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Apple pushed out new versions of its iOS, tvOS, and watchOS operating systems for iPhone, Apple TV, and Apple Watch devices on Monday. Dubbed iOS 14.7, tvOS 14.7, and watchOS 7.6, the updates are relatively small and include tweaks, bug fixes, and a minor new feature or two.

Additionally, Apple Card holders can now "combine credit limits and share one account with an existing Apple Card user," a new option that Apple first announced earlier this year.

Beyond that, the update is mostly about bug fixes and small tweaks, and it expands the regions for which the weather app offers air quality information. (It adds Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Spain.)

Apple's release notes for iOS 14.7 are as follows:

iOS 14.7 includes the following improvements and bug fixes for your iPhone:

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As is often the case, the tvOS 14.7 update appears to be nothing to write home about. Apple says it offers bug fixes and small improvements, but the company did not publish an itemized list of changes.

There's a bit more going on with watchOS, but not much. The 7.6 update also fixes bugs and makes small tweaks, but the flagship change seems to be the addition of ECG support in 30 more regions. You can view the full list of countries and regions that support the feature on Apple's watchOS website.

All three updates (iOS 14.7, tvOS 14.7, and watchOS 7.6) rolled out to all supported devices in all regions today. Curiously, we haven't seen an accompanying iPadOS 14.7 update yet; Apple usually updates iOS and iPadOS in tandem.

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Latest leaks indicate new iPhones may have always-on displays like Apple’s Watch

The Verge 19 July, 2021 - 04:01pm

It’s a feature most Android phones have had for some time

It isn’t the first time a leak has suggested Apple is working on always-on screens for upcoming iPhones. Leaker Max Weinbach hinted earlier this year that Apple may use the same kind of low temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) panels that its Watches have on future iPhones.

That’s in keeping with Bloomberg’s previous reporting that “at least one” of the four new iPhones will include an LTPO display. The technology dynamically adjusts Watches’ screen refresh rates to conserve battery life. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said earlier this year that the Pro iPhones coming this year would have LTPO displays and 120Hz refresh rates.

In addition to the possibility of always-on iPhone screens, Gurman reported that Apple will likely announce new MacBook Pros this fall, “between September and November at the latest.” The computers will begin production in the third quarter, he adds.

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Apple releases tvOS 14.7 to the public with minor fixes and improvements | AppleInsider

AppleInsider 19 July, 2021 - 12:07pm

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Apple has issued the latest tvOS 14.7 update to the public, introducing minor improvements and bug fixes to the Apple TV platform.

The update can be manually installed by heading to the Settings app, selecting System, and clicking on Software Updates. If enabled, it can also be installed automatically on an Apple TV or Apple TV 4K.

During the tvOS 14.7 beta cycle, no major new features were discovered. That suggests that the update is focused on under-the-hood improvements and changes.

The previous tvOS 14.6 update included support for the new Apple TV 4K and Siri remote. Before that, tvOS 14.5 introduced support for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X controllers and a new Color Balance tool.

Updates to the tvOS 14 platform will likely die down as Apple shifts its focus to tvOS 15. Although it didn't get a mention during WWDC 21, tvOS 15 will introduce a number of new updates focused on cross-platform integration.

Some of the new features coming to tvOS 15 include support for watching content with others via SharePlay, a new Share with You feature for TV shows or movies recommended via Messages, and a For All of you page that recommends titles an entire household will enjoy.

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On the latest episode of AppleInsider's "This Week in Apple," we talk about the release of the long-rumored Apple MagSafe battery, we dive into why Apple's Weather app won't show the number 69, and discuss even more rumors on a future iPad mini plus a MacBook Pro refresh.

With its $99 price tag, Apple's own MagSafe battery pack can be a tough sell compared to competitors at half or even a third of the price. But while the functionality may look strikingly similar on the surface, there are many, many reasons why Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack is a better buy than the rest.

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As we approach a year following the launch of iPhone 12, MagSafe has stood out as one of the most compelling features. Here's how you can add it to any iPhone, or really, any smartphone.

In this week's roundup, we look at models of the "iPhone 13," discuss the prospect of an "M2" chip in 2022, and that the Touch Bar may not be around much longer according to one analyst.

You probably don't have enough on-device storage space on your Mac, and it's probably not that much different on your iPhone or iPad. This is fixable across your network or over the Internet with the solid Asustor Lockerstor 2 and Lockerstor 4 network attached storage devices.

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A large multi-touch trackpad has now made its way to the iPad Air thanks to the Brydge Air Max+. We put it to the test to see if it is worth adding to your setup.

As AirTag has finally made its way into the world, new accessories are coming to market for Apple's device tracker. We tested Nomad's now-shipping Leather Loop to see how it performed.

Apple releases watchOS 7.6 with ECG support in 30 more regions

9to5Mac 19 July, 2021 - 12:05pm

- Jul. 19th 2021 10:05 am PT

Apple is finally releasing today watchOS 7.6, one of the last updates to the watchOS 7 cycle. With this version, users in 30 additional regions will be able to use the ECG app with Apple Watch Series 4, Series 5, or Series 6.

watchOS 7.6 RC was seeded last week and according to Apple’s release notes, it is also bringing support for irregular heart rhythm notifications on Apple Watch Series 4 or later in these 30 additional regions. The full list of countries receiving these features is here.

Apple is also releasing today iOS 14.7, iPadOS 14.7, and tvOS 14.7. macOS Big Sur 11.5 is still being tested. These are probably the last updates to the iOS 14/macOS Big Sur/watchOS 7 cycle as Apple is readying the launch of iOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8.

With watchOS 8, the upcoming Apple Watch operating system previewed during the WWDC21 keynote, it will feature:

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watchOS 7 is the latest version of the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The new feature includes new watch faces, workout types, and sleep tracking.

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Apple Releases tvOS 14.7 for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K

MacRumors 19 July, 2021 - 08:04am

Apple's tvOS updates are usually minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes, performance updates, and small tweaks rather than major outward-facing changes. No new features were discovered during the tvOS 14.7 beta testing process.

Apple does not provide detailed release notes for its tvOS updates, but it does offer some tvOS details through its tvOS support document.

tvOS 14.7 may be one of the final updates to the tvOS 14 operating system as Apple shifts its attention to tvOS 15, which is set to come out this fall.

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Updates for Safari, FaceTime, and many other apps, Universal Control to let a single mouse or trackpad control multiple devices, new Shortcuts app, machine-learning Live Text detection and Visual Lookup, and more.

Redesigned with flat edges, Apple silicon, more ports, improved display, no Touch Bar, and the return of MagSafe charging.

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