Apple Watch

How Can I Keep Track of My Kids Without a Phone?

Galaxy Watch 4

Episode 1819

Michael from Anaheim, CA

Michael wants to be able to keep track of his kids. Leo says that Apple has an iPod Touch with texting. But it needs WiFi to work. As soon as the kid leaves school, they aren't connected. That's why parents are giving kids cell phones now. Another option is an Apple Watch. But it's expensive because it has LTE built-in. But it would work. He can even set it up for secondary use. Android Wear watches also work like that. The Galaxy Watch 4 has that capability. Verizon also sells a watch for kids. Called the GIZMO. He could use Apple tags on their backpacks.

Is There a Browser for the Apple Watch?

Apple Watch

Episode 1799

G. Scott from Finland, MN

G. Scott recently bought his wife a new Apple Watch. It can do just about anything, but it has no browser.  Leo says that's what the iPhone is for! You really wouldn't want to browse with that tiny watch screen. And even if it did, it would be limited without the iPhone attached to it.  Don't think of it as a separate computer; it's more of a companion.

Can I Repair My Apple Watch Screen?

Apple Watch Series 6

Episode 1787

Matt from San Pedro, CA

Matt is going to have to pay $264 to repair his Apple Watch screen. Is there a third-party option? Leo says that Apple makes it very difficult for third-party repair, and it sounds like Apple is planning to replace the watch for that price. Often, it's cheaper or easier to replace an Apple product than replace it. But iFixit has a  page for fixing it. Check out the iFixit Screen Page.

Why Can't My Apple Watch Read My Tattooed Skin?

Apple Watch Series 6

Episode 1779

Cliff from Orange, CA

Cliff bought a new Series 6 Apple Watch, and his tattoos are preventing the watch from working properly when taking his health readings. Leo says that's a common problem. A clear sticker is supposed to help, but there's apparently a case where the tattoo can prevent the watch from getting a proper reading from the sensor. Here's an article from iMore about why. 

Should I Buy a Portable EKG Device?

AliveCor

Episode 1776

Robert from Merrieta, GA

Robert wants to get an EKG device to check his heart rate. He can get one for $89. Leo has one called AliveCor, and it lets him send the results directly to the doctor from his mobile phone. Leo says to go for it! The Apple Watch has really brought the price down on these personal health devices and now he can measure oxygen capacity and the EKG. It's not completely accurate, but it's enough for a doctor to see what's going on and if there's a problem. And it can save his life. 

Apple Announces New iPads and a New Apple Watch.

Apple

Episode 1729

This week, Apple announced a new Apple Watch Series 6 and a new 8th Gen iPad and iPad Air. But no mention of an iPhone, which Leo believes will be announced in October. The iPad Air looks more like an iPad Pro and has many of the same features. That's it. watchOS and iPadOS were also announced and shipping this week.

The iPhone was announced to be delayed due to the CoVid19 pandemic but could come next month, definitely by the holidays.

Apple Time Flies Event Hints at New Apple Watch

This Tuesday's upcoming Apple Time Flies event hints at a new Series 6 Apple Watch, a new WatchOS, and even an update for iPads. But Apple has already said that the next iPhone 12 is delayed due to issues pertaining to the Covid19 pandemic. So Leo suspects there will be no iPhone announcement. But he does think we'll get iOS14 shipping, as well as the next version of MacOS. 

Other possible announcments include new Apple Silicon laptops, and perhaps new iPads. 

Will Apple come out with an Apple Watch that doesn't need an iPhone?

Apple Watch

Episode 1700

Chris from Miami, FL

Chris recently updated his iPhone to 13.4.1, and it got stuck into restore me mode. He was able to mail his phone to Apple to clear it, but he was without his iPhone for a week, and as such, was stuck with not being able to use his Apple Watch as well. Will they be coming out with a stand-alone Apple Watch with its own connections? Leo says that seems to be the rumor, but you can't do anything on the Apple Watch, really, without the iPhone nearby. That's why Leo always has a backup phone that he can put the SIM into should he have to send the iPhone in for repair.