Apple Watch could get a dedicated camera on a strap.
This is the leak that has been found by Apple Insider two days ago , thanks to the documents published from the US Patent and Trade Mark Office.
Apple seems to have requested a proposal for a Watch band with optical sensor, which means that in the near future we might see a new band accessory for Apple Watch.
This means that the camera won’t be integrated in the chassis of the watch but on the end of the band, which might probably be a loop-style strap.
The new camera would be useful for Facetime calls and even shots while using Apple Watch stand alone, and from the technical drawings it seems it can be positioned in different angles through the movement of the strap.
It has been said that a hidden button might be added to the new band, to easily take shots or videos instead of opening an app on the watch .
Be aware that this is not the first time that rumors focuses on Apple Watch cameras, but until now nothing has been released yet.
Also Samsung in the past developed a similar idea integrated in their smartwatch, but the idea is still far from being launched into the market.
At the moment Apple Watch can only be used as iPhone’s camera remote controller and viewfinder, and it would be interesting to see how it will perform.
Anyway, while you are waiting for this new feature you can take a look to our Meridio Shop, with our made in Italy leather bands with no hidden camera but a great handmade design!
WatchOS 6 will include new watch faces with different designs and more complication, adding a stand alone App Store to download and buy apps directly on Apple Watch, including apps like voice memos, audiobooks, calculator, podcast and many others.
Even with this version, Apple confirms that Apple Watch is not only a smartwatch, but mostly an health device, with many small software improvements that will make the most sold watch on Earth, more and more helpful.
We will see an interesting feature that will notify you when the environment you are surrounded by is too noisy, to take care of your hearing health. Furthermore, the Cycle app has been confirmed, giving to women a handy way to keep track of the menstrual cyle and their fertility windows on the Watch and iPhone too.
The great thing is that WatchOS 6 will be available even on Apple Watch Series 1 .
Of course if you are planning to personalize your Apple Watch with the new watchfaces and apps, we also suggest you to take a look to our Meridio Bands, which are available in many collections!
The new update to iOS 12 will see improvements in terms of performance in every corner, starting from Face ID on the newest iPhones to the general speed in older devices. Speaking of older smartphones, Apple ensured that iOS 13 will be available also on iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and newer models; and honestly, we think it is great to know that a brand keeps 5/6 years old devices still updated to the latest version.
Moreover, a new service called Find My ,will be delivered, aiming to help you find your devices anywhere, thanks to a bluetooth low latency network consisting of iOS devices all over the world, that will share with you the location of the lost object, like Tile smart keychain does.
Hurray! we can finally welcome the so desired Dark Mode, that will make the entire OS a black palette, perfect to use during night time to reduce eyes-fatigue, or anytime if you are a dark-theme lover.
The keyboard has also been updated, adding a swiping feature that will let you write swiping your finger on the keys instead of tapping each of them to create a word, and if you have got the chance to use in the past Gboard or Swiftkey, you know is not something new, but nice to have if you want to text using a single hand.
Also other services like Maps, Reminders, Mail and Siri have been updated on iOS 13, but we have preferred mentioning the features we have enjoyed the most during the keynote.
Apple has finally understood that iPad users need more than iOS to be productive, so with this new version of the OS, now called iPadOS, some new functions will be delivered this fall, like new cut and paste gestures, improved multitasking, split screen with more than 2 apps, and performance improvements even for Apple Pencil.
Nice updates for sure, but unfortunately we are still far from an hybrid OS between MacOS and iOS, but a step forward from iOS 12.
The new OS is going to be called macOS Catalina, and will offer to developers everything they need to switch the apps they have already made for iOS directly on MacOS, easily building a better App Store.
From this moment, even users with disabilities will be able to entirely use a Macbook via voice commands, thanks to this accessibility feature that will help people be able to do more via Voice Control.
A new nice feature of MacOS Catalina is Sidecar, that will give to Macbook and iPad users the chance to share the Mac display on iPad wirelessly or wired, to have more room for your projects or to make the most of the Apple Pencil in graphic projects. Again a function not new in the market if you have already installed Duet Display app, but nice to have built-in in the OS.
Starting from this new version of MacOS, Catalina, we will permanently say goodby to iTunes, now substituted with three apps: Podcast, TV and Music.
The brand new Catalina OS will also run on an incredible performing machine: Mac Pro.
First things first: it’s tremendously expensive.
After years of silence, Apple shows a total new Mac Pro, that has (fortunately) nothing to do with the trash can Mac we saw in 2013. A desktop machine that screams performances and specs from each side. A new squared design for the tower ( that reminds a bit the aesthetics of the great Power Mac G5), and the display too.
We don’t want to bombard you with numbers and specs in this article, but this product is going to be highly appreciated by Professionals that seriously needs power, as this is at the moment the most powerful machine on the market in terms of graphics, performances and technology. Even the monitor ( that will obviously sold separately ) is on a high level: a 6K Retina display build for Pro users.
We have already talked widely about this service here, but the great news is that not only it will be available as an app on any smart tv, but also it is going to support the most loved gaming controllers on the market: Xbox One and PS4 controller, to fully enjoy the Arcade platform.
Today we are launching Fluo Collection, a limited edition of four extremely vibrant colors perfect for the upcoming summer time!
This Apple Watch band Collection is going to let you discover a new way to enjoy our leather knowledge, with a special smooth finish that enhance the nuances of these bright bands in Calf leather. Soft to the touch, and definitely perfect to highlight you Apple Watch.
Let us introduce you to each model of the Fluo Special Edition, characterized by a vitaminic accent that you will certainly enjoy:
Blueberry Summer, the perfect leather band to wear in any occasion during this summer, defined by a blue soft surface on top, and the recognizable beauty of our Nappa leather entirely made in Italy by our artisans.
Laser Lemon, a name that immediately lets you visualize the bright color of this calf leather band. Our mastery in the leather world rejuvenated by a yellow highlighter color that every summer lover will enjoy wearing.
Flaming Mango, is definitely a version of the Fluo collection bands, that is perfect to be worn on a tanned skin, while you are enjoying your vacations. An orange bright nuance, that communicates your summer vibes needs.
Iced Watermelon, a Nappa leather band characterized by a smooth pink fluo finishing, that will enhance the beauty of your Apple Watch while wearing it, showing off your party mood.
Be aware that this is a limited edition collection, available only for 38|40 mm Apple Watch. Don’t lose the opportunity to have one of them at your wrist here !
WatchOS 6 is going to see the light firstly in June, during the WWDC 2019, and many rumors are coming out these days showing off new interesting features.
As we all know, Apple Watch has been developed mainly to be helpful to our fitness tracking and health, and this year we have all been able for the first time to do an ECG on our wrist.
More useful features are going to come, such as sleep tracking, menstrual cycles tracking with an app called Cycles, and Dose.
Dose might be the name of a new app that anyone could use in the future to set reminders for meds and tablets, in order to never forget about medicines, offering another step to make Apple Watch the perfect health companion.
Apple Watch Sleep Tracking
The long awaited Sleep Tracking on Apple Watch, may be officially available in September with WatchOS 6, but some rumors said that it might not be compatible with any current Apple Watch version.
In order to use it we should all buy the new Apple Watch Series 5, that will probably be equipped with a better battery, able to track our sleep during the night.
Also we will probably see an App Store pre-installed in Apple Watch, to directly download apps from the device, bypassing iPhone.
Voice Memos might also see its extension on AW, and even Apple Books might be available on the Watch to directly listen via Airpods our favourite audiobooks.
Even a calculator app for Apple Watch will be available.
Some users are also wondering if Apple will include in WatchOS 6 a Bedtime mode, similar to the one already available on iPhone and iPad, with also a simple yet nice feature that automatically activate Do not disturb mode .
It has been said online that we will see three new watchfaces to personalize Apple Watch via WatchOS 6, called:
California, characterized by Arab and Roman numbers
Solar Analog, a digital version of a Sundial
Infograph Sundial, a similar version of Solar Analog with enough space to set complications
WatchOS 6 & Apple Watch LTE
We will probably see more services available for Apple Watch LTE, that will give the possibility to streaming services like Spotify, Podcast and many more, to be used without an iPhone. This “new feature” might be the perfect solution for runners to use on a daily bases.
The Workout app might see some updates and changes, giving us the chance to set our favourite rings in order to see at a glance your nutritional status, water goals and more.
iPhone 7 is one of the smartphones that after few years can still be an interesting device to buy and use, even if it’s not the last flagship from Apple.
Why? We are going to explain you everything in this article.
iPhone 7 has been launched in fall 2016, and it offered at that time one of the best cameras in the market, with the best dimensions to be used even with one hand, while today every phone producer focuses on phablets.
During these first 2019 months we have used again on a daily base iPhone 7, and we have been surprised by its reactivity in every task, consisting primarily in email, social media and calls. Also, even if this is not a new iPhone, it is still possible to find in the market many different accessories and cases for it, which is an appreciated point to change every in a while the aesthetic of the device.
iPhone 7 camera
The most positive aspect of iPhone 7 in our opinion is still the camera, that in some points wins versus newer phones, thanks to its dynamic range and great performances. Of course it can’t compete with 2019 flagships from Apple or Samsung, but considering the actual price, it can win hands down versus other smartphone in its price range.
Unfortunately, as every devices, iPhone 7 loses its quality the more it gets darker.
Another fascinating quality of iPhone 7 is the video recording side, with one of the best Optical Image Stabilization on the market still today. Many smartphones have been launched after this one, even this year, and many of them don’t offer OIS but only a digital one, which doesn’t offer great results.
For this reason, if you are into amateur video making process, we highly suggest iPhone 7, for Vlogs, social video etc.
The down side is still the small sensor, that in low light situation shows clips and photos with noise.
The missing points of iPhone 7 compared to new iPhones is in our opinion the lack of Wireless Charging and a better camera, like the one implemented in iPhone X or iPhone XS, but the price difference makes it worth it.
It is also truth that the new Apple devices have under the hood a faster chip, but for a normal use, iPhone 7 is still a valid solution yet cheaper than the new smartphones.
The only aspect that bother us has been the battery, which hasn’t been able to bring us to 8 PM during a normal daily routine. Our suggestion is to buy also a power bank and you’ll be safe .
Recently Apple has launched new interesting services for its customers, that ironically aren’t available yet.
We will have to wait until this Summer or Fall in order to enjoy them, but let’s take a deeper look to discover more about what showed off during the Keynote.
Apple News Plus
A Premium version of Apple News, with more than 300 Magazines
As the name says, Apple News Plus is an improvement to the News App, with a 9,99$ monthly subscription that will offer to the users more than 300 Magazines to browse, including The Wall Street Journal and LA Times.
Ai is also an active side of the new App, as it will suggest at the bottom of your reads issues or relevant articles that will suits your interests.
Apple also focused on Family Sharing and Privacy, and for this reason every subscription plan can be shared with each member of your family with no tracking of your activity in the app.
This last aspect has been particularly appreciated by the audience, as no information nor interest of yours will never be shared with advertisers.
The perfect gaming platform for iOS and MacOS users, with exclusive titles playable between different Apple devices.
A brand new service highly appreciated by the mobile gamers is Apple Arcade, a subscription platform that will make available more than 100 exclusive iOS games to your iPhone, iPad and Mac.
During the keynote some titles have been shared, and ideally Apple Arcade will also be a great opportunity for developers.
Unfortunately Apple Arcade and subscription fees are not known yet, but this new platform might launch for the first time Macbook users in the gaming world with more titles to play with.
The idea that brings Apple in the banking world, with a new way to show your status (or pretend it)
Apple Card has been the only hardware announcement of the Keynote, and probably the most exciting. Even in this case Apple has been able to reinvent something boring like a credit card into a fancy object with its typical magic.
With Goldman Sachs’ help, Apple officially enters in the FinTech world, offering to each customer a great way to pay daily items and services.
Nothing new, as many other online banks offers, like expenses balances and money movement tracking, but with a better user experience and graphic.
Every time that you will use Apple Card to pay – via Apple Pay – you will earn a 3% cash back, in real money and not in reward points.
No hidden expenses, no surprises and, from what Apple says, a great digital help to help you handle your personal finances.
Also, if the place you visit doesn’t support Apple Pay yet, you could be able to pay via the physical Titanium Apple Card earning 1% cashback.
And this is probably the most interesting aspect of Apple Card, as it will for sure define a new way to show off your status, as many people are doing today with their iPhones.
Apple Card with its minimal and elegant silver design, will become a status symbol, unfortunately only available in Canada and US.
Also this service is not usable yet, as it will be ready this summer.
Apple TV Channels & Apple TV Plus
Apple’s streaming platform with original programming, that will available in almost all Smart TVs
Apple knows that streaming services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are highly used and appreciated these days, and for this reason Tim Cook decided to enter in this entertainment business, offering a brand new platform to watch channels like HBO, PBS, CBS, Acorn TV, and Tastemade without punting users to a third-party app. Original programming has also been publicly shown, and on stage many VIP actors presented new TV series, and surprisingly Oprah Winfrey was there too.
Today we are launching a brand new Apple Watch leather band Collection for Men, and we are thrilled to introduce it with all of you.
Bullet Proof is the perfect leather band for the Man that wants more from his Apple Watch, and as every product made by Meridio, it has been entirely made with Italian leather carefully aged for more than 3 months with a vegetal texture.
The main characteristic of the new Bullet Proof Collection is the thoughtful design, enriched by thirty handmade slots that makes the leather band more transpirant and perfect to be worn during the four seasons. And here comes the name’s idea of this new Collection, as a defiance to the slots that adorn the new leather bands.
Each leather band for Apple Watch from the Bullet Proof Collection represents the nature of a true rational and thoughtful man, inspired by our typical italian head of the family, as a responsible, Careful, and strong person.
The inspiration also melts with the romantic characteristics of our mainland, Italy.
In our new Collection we have gave birth to five astonishing leather bands, in five different natural colours that will enhance the beauty of your Apple Watch.
Breathe is characterised by a blue smoked nuance, a tribute to the Italian countryside sky;
Stronger has a gray stone finish, perfect to wear with casual and more dressed up styles, and Care has the typical vintage warm brown texture, that reminds the ancient use of raw leather, enriched by cotton lining needlework .
Promise recalls to the passionate man, that will enjoy wearing a made in Italy leather band that reminds the nuances of a glass of Tuscan red wine, with its well known rich texture.
Hopeis the leather band from the Bullet Proof collection closest to Mother Nature, thanks to its green musk gradation.
In Italy, green is also the color of Hope, one of the most important values that never dies.
Sure that Bullet Proof Collection is going to be appreciated by you, we kindly remind you that each leather band is only available for 42 | 44 mm Apple Watch.
Do you know you can personalize your Apple Watch Wallpaper? And do you know you can use your personal Photos as Apple Watch face? You can choose to display a single photo as your Apple Watch wallpaper or you can select a collection of photos that change every time you move your wrist. Both if you are an expert Apple Watch user or if you have just bought an Apple Watch, it is very easy to set your own pictures as your Apple Watch face. Here is how to succeed.
How to use your own photos to personalize Watch Face on Apple Watch
The first thing you need to have, in order to set your personal photos as your Apple Watch face, is your iPhone because you have to choose the photos you like to use for your wearable wallpaper. Once you have selected the pictures (you can choose up to 10 photos to include), you have to follow these steps to set them as Apple Watch face:
Open the pictures you’d like to set as Apple Watch wallpaper and tag them as your favorite ones, taping on the heart icon so to create a Favorites album;
Open the Watch app on your mobile phone and tap on the icon you’ll find for Face Gallery, then go to Photos section and search for the Favorites album: when you come to the Photos screen for this album, you have to tap the “Add” button to share this album on your Apple Watch (as an alternative, you can also tap the sharing extension in the bottom left corner of the screen).
Now, the photos are on your Apple Watch and you could create watch faces with them in a very simple way. All you have to do is to go at the bottom of the screen and scroll until to find and tap the button “Create Watch Face”.
How to change a personal picture on your Watch face
Now that you have your pictures on your Apple Watch, you can change the photo used for the Photo watch face. In order to succeed, you have to press firmly on the display of your watch, when you view the time. Then scroll from right to left, until you find the option to add a new Watch face. Now tap on the “customize” button at the bottom of the display. If you want to choose a different picture from your album, you have to go to “Swipe left/right” and to turn the Digital Crown with a downwards motion, so that you see all the available previews of your synced photo album. You can select the photo to choose and then press the Digital Crown twice to come back to the screen with the newly selected photo.
You can also select more than one photo so that your watch will show a different watch face picture, every time you will raise your wrist.
You may lastly personalize your Watch Face: according to Apple Support, after you have chosen the face you prefer, you can tap “Customize” and swipe left or right to select the feature you like, then turn the Digital Crown to modify it. You may, for example, change the color of the hands or the markings which are on the face.
Apple Watch band: another way to personalize your watch
If you want to stand out from the others and want your accessories to talk about you, the screen of your apple watch is not the only thing you can customize. Another way to personalize your watch is to choose a strap that reflects your personality: whether you are a classy or sporty person or you love eccentric accessories, in the Meridio collection you will find for sure something right for you. A wide collection of fine leather or natural rubber Apple Watch Bands, 100% made in Italy is waiting for you. And what are you waiting for to choose your favorite one?
Apple and Goldman Sachs are working together to create an Apple Credit Card, made to work with the Wallet App in iPhones and Apple watches. The card will be released later this year, according to the Wall Street Journal, even if an official launch date hasn’t yet be announced. Some rumors speak about a testing period among company employees which might start in the next few weeks.
Let’s go to discover then, what this card is, how it will work and why both companies decided to follow this project.
What is Apple Credit Card and how will it work?
Apple Credit Card should be used as any other plastic card and should use MasterCard’s payment network, but it will be integrated with some iPhone features baked into the Wallet app. Some of these features could include the ability to see card rewards, to analyze the cardholder’s spending patterns and to alert him if the system notices a higher than normal spending. Moreover, cardholders should receive 2% cash back after making every purchase.
Why Apple Credit card is about to be born?
Apple Credit card will be something away from the traditional core products of both companies. So, why the companies decided to undertake a similar project?
While Apple decided to expand its growth in business services to increase its revenue, in this case earning commissions on transactions made with an Apple credit card, Goldman Sachs is looking to grow its retail consumer business, away from corporate and Wall Street clients.
Will the project be successful?
Even if we have good reason to believe that this service will be another Apple-branded success, there is someone who does not think so.
According to Forbes, there are at least 3 reasons why this project will fail.
The first one is that the rewards aren’t good enough, because 2% cash back for every purchase is not too much since there are already many cards offering such a service on the market. Secondarily, money management features won’t attract new customers, because to manage cardholders balances or to receive notifications based on cardholders’ spending patterns is not so attractive: it is not something new and, even worse, customers might be not so interested in this kind of features. Finally, Apple doesn’t have strong enough data and analytics capabilities, as other company as Facebook or Google have. While Google and Facebook are actually data-driven companies, Apple is a technology driven company. And this is a pity since the credit card business is a data-driven business, which needs great analytics teams and capabilities Apple doesn’t have.
Apple Credit Card: a new tool for Apple Watch
We are not able to know whether the Apple Credit Card will be a success or not. But surely this credit card will make more common to use iPhones and Apple Watch to pay within the shops. What better chance then, to show off your Apple Watch with a fashionable and elegant strap, 100% made in Italy? In Meridio online shop, you will find everything you are looking for: Apple Watch bands for men and women, made in Italy with the finest materials and the best craftsmanship techniques, that will make you look super wherever you will show them off.