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Apple's newest product is a tracker called an AirTag. You attach it to an item and can keep track of it with your iPhone's Find My app.This kind of tracker isn't new. But the biggest selling point for the AirTag is Apple's Find My network which is made up of hundreds of millions of Apple devices. Last week, the Find My network was opened up to third parties that can use the network for items like bikes and headphones. This will only increase that number of devices on Find My and make it even more robust. And that's important because let's say you lost your keys and they had an AirTag attached.
The Apple Watch took the tech world by storm when it debuted. It set the standard for the market on smartwatch technology. The seemingly endless features make it a coveted accessory among many. However, as much as the Apple Watch itself is something of a tech marvel, the customizability of this wrist wear makes it that much more amazing. © ZDNet
If you're already an Apple Watch owner, you've probably spent a good amount of time looking for the perfect band to go with it.
Of course, it all comes down to personality. Some people appreciate the simplicity and are content to wear the Apple Watch just as they bought it -- right out of the box. Some prefer to show their unique style, while others prefer utility and performance. One quick search will show you that there are more than enough options for everyone.
Best iPhone in 2021: Which model is right for you?
Apple released four new iPhone 12 models in late 2021, but last-generation models are also worth considering, and they're at a more affordable price. Apple does a great job of updating its phones for several years, so you don't need to upgrade every single year.We have seen improvements in battery life, advanced multi-camera functionality, and continued improvements to Apple's iOS. The high-end iPhones are pricey, but Apple's processor architecture has also proven to be the best in the smartphone world. There are also ways to buy iPhones from Apple or your carrier so you can pay for the phone over time with no interest.
Let's explore some of the best Apple Watch bands available on the market.
Case-Mate: Metal Linked band
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The simple and subtle design of this Apple Watch band makes it a stainless-steel stunner. It sports a two-toned finish, with polished inner links contrasted with black matte outer links. This band works in any environment, business or casual. A butterfly-style clasp completes the sleek and sophisticated look.
$19 at Amazon
Compatible: Apple Watch Series 1, Series 2, Series 3, Series 4, Series 5, Series 6, and SE | For 42mm or 44mm Apple Watches | Fits 160mm to 210mm wrists | Lifetime Warranty
Apple Sport band
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As the saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." The Apple Sport band continues to be a favorite even after third-party imitators flooded the market. Made from high-performance fluoroelastomer, this band will last a long time. But an elegant look remains without affecting functionality or durability. It sports 12 different color options for the fashion-conscious among us. When you still want to look good at the gym, this band does the trick.
The Apple Developer Program: What professionals need to know
If you want to develop software for macOS, iOS, tvOS or watchOS, read this overview about Apple's Developer Program.The sheer volume of content available on the Apple developer website can make using it tricky. When you add to that a somewhat fuzzy boundary between the developer website and the actual Apple Developer Program, things can get even more confusing. (Note: This article on what professionals need to know about the Apple Developer Program is also available as a free PDF download.
$49 at Apple
Kades: Stainless steel band
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The silver stainless steel look of this Kades band is timeless (well, you know what I mean). It features a classy, brushed finish look that never goes out of style, making you look great for that business meeting. The butterfly clasp locks firmly in place, creating a seamless look.
$22 at Amazon
Compatible: Apple Watch Series 4, Series 5, Series 6, and SE | For 42mm or 44mm Apple Watches | Fits 145mm-200mm wrists | One-year warranty
Nomad: Rugged strap
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This Nomad watch band will make you want to scale the nearest mountain. Well, maybe. With a ribbed design, this waterproof band is where modern met rugged. It is constructed of a durable antimicrobial fluoroelastomer, giving you all-day comfort while taking on the elements. Stainless steel lugs and buckle make sure it isn't going anywhere once you strap it on. Nomad bands remain some of the best on the market.
Apple shut down my iCloud account for four days, no warning, no explanation, no excuse
You would think the world’s largest corporation would know how to run cloud operations with a certain discipline, rigor, and basic respect for customers. That’s what you would think.I've become practiced at this maneuver, having done it several times in the two-plus years of owning the iPad. And so the predictable set of steps was what I expected to encounter. Imagine my surprise, then, when I wasn't able to erase the iPad because my Apple I.D. password suddenly wasn't being accepted.
$49 at Nomad
Southern Straps: Red, white, and blue nylon
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Southern Straps handcrafts this nylon strap in California from parts sourced worldwide and fashioned with a single nylon piece. Pegged spring bars allow for changeability in the future if your watch size changes. Being confident in their work, this nylon band comes with a five-year warranty. This band offers a perfect look for summer. $59 at Southern Straps
Casetify: Gold floral meadows on black
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Casetify is at it again. Made to be a head-turner, this vibrant Gold Floral Meadows band looks great with any case color. The band has a water-resistant and sweat-resistant finish on the outside and soft, interior leather lining inside, using cruelty-free vegan leather. If you are in the mood for style, this band is for you.
Apple's Swift programming language: Cheat sheet
Apple's Swift has far-reaching effects on all platforms, not just iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. Learn why Swift matters, how to use the programming language and how it differs from Objective-C.In 2010, Apple started developing Swift, a new programming language that would rival Objective-C in a few areas--specifically, type safety, security, and better on-hardware performance. Swift is more than 2.6x faster than Objective-C and more than 8.4x faster than Python. Swift 1.0 was released in September 2014.
$52 at Casetify
Monowear: Nylon Active band
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The Nylon Active band from Monowear is an excellent choice if you want a nice, lightweight option that doesn't compromise style. It is made from lightweight nylon and comes in two color options: Olive and black. It comes with stainless steel adapter options that should match most Apple Watch finishes. This band is perfect for those that like exploring the great outdoors and want to bring comfort along. $32 at Monowear
Apple: 40mm Gold Milanese Loop
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Fashioned with a 19th century Milan design in mind, this Apple band screams elegance. The gold, stainless-steel mesh wraps smoothly around your wrist, and its magnetic feature allows you to make adjustments if the need should arise. The beautiful, gold stainless steel finish is sure to get noticed. $84 at Amazon $99 at Adorama $99 at Apple
Leather and Designer Apple Watch Bands
Let's look at a few of the top leather and designer Apple Watch bands that deserve a place on your wrist
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The walled garden is becoming harder to escape.Put another way, the barriers around Apple’s notorious walled garden are about to grow higher. In a keynote event at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced new operating systems for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch that are brimming with services that exist to discourage an escape to other platforms.
WsC Defiant in Light Brown
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The WsC Defiant in Light Brown is sophistication on your wrist. It's made with the finest quality leather and complemented and lined with soft nubuck. Though the stainless-steel deployment clasp is smooth, you will have a hard time wanting to take this band off because it looks so good. If light brown isn't your thing, the WsC Defiant comes in five other options: Black, Dark Brown, Brown/White, Black/White and Pink Edition ($103.50) $88 at The Watch Strap
Coach: Apple Watch strap with wild beast print
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Coach makes the Apple Watch strap with wild beast print. Made with refined calf leather, this band by Coach puts designer sophistication on your wrist. The beautifully crafted camouflage-inspired wild beast is sure to make heads turn. It is made exclusively for the 38mm Apple Watch. $150 at Coach
Kate Spade: 38/40mm Apple Watch bracelet
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Kate Spade New York designs this beautiful Apple Watch Rose Gold bracelet. Made from polished, Rose Gold-colored stainless steel, this bracelet brings chic to a whole new level with its adorable spade links. It also comes in silver. $118 at Nordstrom
Pad and Quill: Cafe Cuff bands for Apple Watch
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Inspired by English motorcycles, this leather band by Pad and Quill is a high-quality, rugged wrist cuff. Proudly made with strong, full-grain USA leather hides and held together with UV-resistant marine-grade stitching. The Cafe Cuff is perfect for those who want a rugged look without sacrificing style. It comes in two leather color options: Whiskey and Chestnut. $119 at Pad and Quill
Apple's new iOS 15 features would be a perfect fit for AR glasses .
Apple doesn't have a headset yet, but the latest software for iPhones, iPads and Macs keeps building the groundworkIn fact, look more closely, and there are already a lot of puzzle pieces scattered all over the place. Apple's ARkit and RealityKit developer tools added some deeper features to manage more objects and bigger virtual landscapes overlaid onto the real world. Core apps started to get some AR hooks, too: Apple Maps is adding AR directions, like Google Maps already does. Also, much like Google Lens, Apple is introducing ways to read and search for text in photos, or via the Camera app.