Using Airplane Mode on the Apple Watch

I got a question about using airplane mode on the Apple Watch. As you probably know, airplane mode turns off all wireless communication on your device. You can do this on the iPhone, and on the Apple Watch. And, if you want the two devices to mirror each other, go to the Watch app on your iPhone, choose General > Airplane Mode > Mirror iPhone.

Airplane mode settings

If you do this, then activating airplane mode on either device will also activate it on the other device.

To activate airplane mode, go into Control Center on your Apple Watch and tap the little airplane button.

Airplane mode watch

So the question I had was about why when you deactivate airplane mode on one device the other device doesn’t also deactivate. While it’s not that obvious, the two devices can’t communicate with each other when airplane mode is active, so one device can’t tell the other to deactivate it.

In addition to Bluetooth and wifi, airplane mode turns off cellular service and GPS, so there may be cases where you only want to turn those services off, yet use Bluetooth and/or wifi. To do so, tap on their buttons in Control Center on the device where you want to use them.

I use airplane mode regularly when I go to the cinema or theater. It’s easier than turning off my phone, and it works just as well to ensure that it won’t make any noises. However, if you have notifications set to play alert sounds, they will still do so, so make sure to turn your phone to silent as well.

Problems with the Air Quality Index on the Apple Watch in the UK

Last week, Dave Mark posted an article about Apple Maps and the air quality index on The Loop. I had chatted with Dave before he had published this, pointing out that the system used in the UK is different from that in the US. In the US, the scale used goes from 1 – 500, and the UK uses a scale from 1-10.

Here in the UK, I do see the current AQI on Apple Maps, with the appropriate number, and a color that gives a visual idea of where it is on the scale. As you can see here, the AQI is quite poor, because there is very high pollen (death to rapeseed!), and Maps shows that with an orange background.

Aqi maps

My Apple Watch, however, gives different information. It shows that the AQI is indeed 8, but if you look at the AQI complication, you can see that the little dot is down at the green end of the scale. When I tap the complication, it says that the AQI is Good, which is clearly wrong.

Aqi watch2     Aqi watch1

It seems that, while the weather app on the Apple Watch is getting the right number, it’s not using the appropriate scale. It thinks that this is the US scale, so no matter what the AQI is in the UK, this will show as Good, because it’s matching it to a scale that goes up to 500.

This is a minor problem of localization: the Apple Watch knows where I am, and should provide the correct information. But it’s a pretty dumb one, that is easy to fix.

The Most Lamentable Tragedie of Sirius Unresponsivus

Siri and I have never gotten along. Whether it’s asking Siri to play music, or using Siri to control Apple Maps, this gizmo has never been in any way useful to me. I do use Siri occasionally: to perform simple math calculations on my iPhone, when I want to add something to my shopping list, or, when I’m in the kitchen, and want to set a timer.

However, unless my iPhone is just a few feet away – and this is with a cellular Apple Watch Series 4, on the same wi-fi network, the usual response is this:

Siri

I wait for that tap, and it usually never comes.

Apple Sued Over Swollen Batteries in Apple Watches – MacRumors

New Jersey resident Gina Priano-Keyser has filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Apple this week in U.S. district court, accusing the company of fraudulent business practices and breach of warranty related to the Apple Watch, according to court documents accessed by MacRumors.

Priano-Keyser alleges that all Apple Watches up to and including Series 4 models are prone to a defect that results in the lithium-ion battery swelling and causing the screen to “crack, shatter, or detach from the body” of the watch “through no fault of the wearer, oftentimes only days or weeks after purchase.”

The plaintiff believes that Apple either knew or should have known that the Apple Watch models were defective before selling them, adding that they pose “a significant safety hazard to consumers” — a “number” of which have suffered “cuts and burns” as a result of the scratched, shattered, or detached screens.

Apple has acknowledged the possibility of swollen batteries in select Apple Watch models in the past, and offered free repairs up to three years after purchase. However, the complaint alleges that the company often attributes the issue to “accidental damage” and thus “refuses to cover repairs” under warranty.

Priano-Keyser states that she purchased an Apple Watch Series 3 in October 2017. In July 2018, while charging, she alleges that the screen “unexpectedly detached” from the watch’s body and cracked. Her daughter “pushed the screen back into place,” but the Apple Watch has been “unusable” ever since.

The plaintiff booked a Genius Bar appointment in August 2018, but upon inspection, she alleges that Apple denied to repair the Apple Watch free of charge under warranty and instead quoted her an out-of-warranty fee of $229 for service.

I follow an Apple Watch group on Facebook, and have long been surprised at how many people have this problem. Members of the group regularly post photos of their watches like this – see the MacRumors article for a photo – and many have said that Apple wouldn’t fix them. (Those with AppleCare are covered, if it’s within the two-year period.)

This is the kind of thing that looks rare, but when I see as many photos of this happening in a group with 17,000 members, it’s clearly not that rare.

Source: Apple Sued Over Swollen Batteries in Apple Watches – MacRumors

How to Sync, View, and Use Photos on the Apple Watch

With the arrival of the Series 4 Apple Watch, and its larger display, viewing photos on your wrist is a lot more interesting. You can sync photos from your iPhone to your watch; you can view them and show them to others using your wrist computer; and you can use them to create personalized watch faces. In this article, I’m going to tell you everything you can do with photos and the Apple Watch.

Read the rest of the article (and see the bonus cat photos) on The Mac Security Blog.

Apple Watch Series 4 Review: Bigger, Bolder, Better

It has been interesting following the Apple Watch over the last three and a half years. From a device that seemed like it was looking for a reason to exist, the Apple Watch has now become, as Tim Cook has said, the most personal device that Apple has ever made. With steady evolution through its iterations – adding such features as GPS and LTE – the Series 4 marks the first change in the form factor of the device.

Compared to last year’s model, the Series 4 is larger (from 38mm and 42mm the device has moved to 40mm and 44mm), and a tad thinner (.7mm). That tiny difference in size masks a huge difference in the size of the display. By shaving off the edges of the bezels around the screen, Apple has been able to increase the display sizes by 32% and 35% respectively for the 40mm and 44mm models. (Don’t worry if you have any existing bands: the 38mm bands will fit the 40mm watch and the 42mm bands fit the new 44mm model.)

Read the rest of the review on The Mac Security Blog.