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.
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.
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.
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.
Curtis has an iPhone 5S and is concerned that about the iOS 13 update. Rich says that the 5S is too old for iOS 13, but he can upgrade to iOS 12. Curtis also has an Apple Watch and it's not connecting to his iPhone. Rich says that the best thing to do is go to the Apple Store and talk to a genius. They always have the right solution to connect.
Judy is retired and lives alone and is thinking of getting an Apple Watch. But what will happen if she takes the watch off and it doesn't feel the pulse? Will it contact emergency services? Leo says he isn't sure that it will call home in that case. Will it sense if you have died? Leo says no, there isn't. It'll detect that you have a low pulse and give you a warning, but so far, there is not a "phone home" from the watch if you die.
George would like to get local weather on his Apple Watch Series 5. but it doesn't work. Leo says that George may be using the wrong complication. He wants Weather Temp. He also wants to be sure he opens up the location services for it to function. Leo also uses a third party weather app called DARK SKY. Leo also says that in iOS 13, it can report how often he's getting location access. So make sure it has the location settings turned on. And if the watch isn't LTE connected, then he won't be able to access the weather service.
Earl's wife has an Apple Watch, but she gets a rash when she wears it. Leo says that nickel can cause a rash, and there is no nickel in it. So that may be the cause. But it could be the wristband, so try a new wristband. You can also get an AppleWatch case that will cover the entire watch, except for a small opening for the sensor. You could try that. But it won't be able to measure heart rates. Leo says the YNIWA is $9 on Amazon.
Joe recently had a heart attack, and now he's looking for a fitness tracker that also has a phone case that can hold medication. Any ideas? He's in the Android universe. Leo says that there are smartphone cases that do hold pills. Leo also uses wallet cases for his. Doctor Mom says that nitro pills have to be kept in a darkened, airtight vial. Here are a few from the chatroom -
Chris has an Apple Watch Series 3, and thinking of moving up to the Series 4. But it's $800. Worth it? Leo says that he's stopped buying the higher end models because he's going to be getting a new model next year. So he gets the cheapest one, knowing he'll trade in next year. It's just as nice looking and durable too.