Setting Up an Apple Watch

Have you recently bought a new Apple Watch and need to set it up? Or have you got a new iPhone and need to re-sync your Apple Watch?

Apple watches are simple to set up and with this helpful walkthrough, it is as easy as pie. For setting up a new watch firstly bring the apple watch close to your iPhone, make sure both devices are on charge while setting up. You will need the "Watch" app on your mobile device, once downloaded open it up. The next thing you will need to do is pair the two devices together, the Watch will now show a pretty blue bubble of undulating dots, while the iPhone will open up the camera and direct you to center the viewfinder on the Watch. If the camera-based pairing isn’t working for any reason, you can tap the "i" button on the watch to bring up a six-digit code, which you can enter on your iPhone to pair the two devices together.

Next, you are instructed to click through a variety of other steps such as wrist preference, register your Apple Watch with Apple via your Apple ID, Location Services, Siri, and Diagnostics. Once you have completed these steps you will be asked to set up the security settings, this will be a numeric passcode. This next step takes a good while. The Watch needs to get a lot of information and apps. You’ll see a radial progress indicator around an Apple logo.

The last step would be personalising the watch, this is things including setting up watch face, adding and deleting apps and then your watch is ready to go.

Apple News - Latest...

Apple has found itself in a spot of hot water with a lot of its customers in the last week or so, with the news emerging that it has allegedly been slowing down older models of its signature iPhone handheld device. This seemed to confirm a long-standing conspiracy theory about Apple in the minds of many, to the extent that Apple finds itself facing lawsuits in various countries from angry customers.

Many people have long been (incorrectly) of the opinion that Apple has been hobbling its older phones in order to push people into buying its newer models, an official statement released by the company apologising for the slowdown reveals that the reason is to do with battery life.

iPhone Battery life

According to their statement, slowing down the older models is necessary to protect devices with ageing lithium batteries from shutting down suddenly and damaging their components. And while there is no evidence whatsoever to support the idea that it is in fact a policy of planned obsolescence, a lot of customers are still very angry.

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As a gesture of goodwill, Apple has announced that it will slash that price of replacement batteries, and will also update the software in the devices so that from now on it will let users know whether their battery is still in good condition. The company has apologised unreservedly and completely denied claims that the slowdown was for nefarious commercial purposes.

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Whether this apology will win them back their lost goodwill among a section of their customer base as yet still remains to be seen, but the reduction in price for replacement batteries and the new battery monitoring software upgrade can only be good news for users of older devices.

Apple has also warned that the discounted battery replacements may initially be in short supply, as the severity of the situation is greater than it expected.


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iOS 10 Update: What's In It?

Apple's latest update, iOS 10, has been available to download since the 13th of September. Billed as their “biggest ever update”, it provided a brand new, redesigned and comprehensive OS for iPhone and iPad devices. 

Take a look below to see what the new features consist of.

Redesigned Lock Screen

The lock screen is looking pretty stylish in this latest update. Slide to the left, and you’ll be presented (by default) with the time, a search bar, your latest events in your calendar, Siri App suggestions, Apple News, map destinations (which link to your calendar, if you provide any addresses), a battery tab to keep an eye on all of your Apple gadgets that are currently connected to the phone, Reminders, and Stocks. 

However…the Lock Screen is actually pretty customisable. Scroll down to the bottom and you’ll notice there’s a section to add or remove Widgets as you please. So now you’re not completely stuck with that Stocks app!

Notifications now have 3D Touch support on the lock screen, allowing users to do more with it without even having to leave this screen. Reply to messages, check our videos and photos, or simply swipe away.

Slide to the right on the lock screen, and you’ll be presented with the camera, without having to completely unlock your phone. You’ll also notice a tweaked lock sound, too.

New-Look Messages

The messages screen has been completely redesigned. Once updated, users can send drawings to their friends (which work in the same way as Scribble on the Apple Watch), animated gifs, photos, videos and more. Digital Touch allows users to send “invisible ink” style messages, their heartbeat and more, whilst bigger emoji and a new predictive emoji feature is included. This suggests words that can be replaced with emoji. The Messages tab now has App Store support, so developers can start to create add-ons to enhance text conversations. The earliest to get on board is Nintendo, who are offering Super Mario stickers! 

Home Screen

The Home screen hasn’t changed too much, other than slight tweaks. If you 3D Touch on an app, it’ll open up any accompanying widgets, if it has any. This will sit alongside any of the Quick Action choices for that app. 

Home, Apps & Photos

There’s a brand new “Home” app in iOS 10. This is available for linking and controlling any HomeKit devices you might have, remotely. 

Good news! You’ll be able to delete almost all pre-installed apps now, if you so wish. So no need for that buried folder on your phone full of unwanted apps anymore. 

The Photo tab has also had a bit of a nice redesign. Albums are split up into square photo albums, with the opportunity to add more if you so wish. It’s slightly reminiscent of Instagram, and looks pretty clean and uniform. Photos also features facial and object recognition, which works alongside Memories, a feature that helps you to rediscover any forgotten moments. Perfect for the snap-happy people who might have hundreds of photos stored on their phones.

Apple News


Whilst it looks a lot cleaner and brighter, Apple News also now includes the choice for email or push notifications, such as Breaking News. It’s also a lot more organised, and offers more accurate recommendations, based on what news you’re currently following and reading. Subscription offers are now available through the app for publications.

Maps & Apple Music


Both Maps and Apple Music have been redesigned. Like the overall look of iOS 10, they’re both enabled with cleaner inferfaces that as a result, are much easier to use. Apple Music now includes a Lyrics function, whilst Maps allows third-party support.


For the first time since it’s introduction, Apple has allowed Siri to be integrated into third-party apps.  E.g. ask Siri to call someone in Skype, or call you an Uber. It’s available for these six functions currently: messaging, photo search, payments, calls, workouts, booking rides. Siri also works in CarPlay, adding the function for accessing climate controls and adjusting radio settings, too. As this progresses, we’re sure that more third-party apps will get on board with Siri functionality.

Small Tweaks

As well as it being a faster, smoother and cleaner experience, iOS 10 also includes an update to the QuickType keyboard. The predictive text is much more precise, and it’s a lot more responsive.