How to force quit apps on watchOS 3

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Force quitting apps is different in watchOS 3.
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Apple Watch apps are faster than ever thanks to watchOS 3, but if you ever run into the rotating dial of death, sometimes quickly force quitting the app can help.

With watchOS 3, Apple has made the force quitting process a bit different. Wearers used to be able to double click the side button to force quit an app. Now the process also involves the Digital Crown.

5 hidden macOS Sierra features you may not know exist

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There's plenty of hidden macOS Sierra features, here's our top 5.
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Apple’s latest Mac operating system has a host of big new features including Siri, Apple Pay on the web and Universal Clipboard.

But with so many marquee features, you may be missing some of the more hidden capabilities and tips. Check out our video below of the top five hidden macOS Sierra features you may not know exist.

How to watch Clinton vs. Trump debate on Apple TV and iOS

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No matter who wins, we all lose.
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The first debate between U.S. presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is set to kick off tonight at Hofstra University in New York — and you can catch all the action on any Apple device.

Apple updated its “Watch the Debate Live” section today on both App Stores for iOS and Apple TV, giving users multiple places to catch what is expected to be the most-watched political debate in history.

Here’s how to livestream it:

How to use macOS Sierra: Tips and tricks

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macOS Sierra is here!
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Today marks the release of Apple’s big software update, macOS Sierra. This huge update comes on the heels of the recent launch of iOS 10, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10.

macOS Sierra hosts some great new features including Siri support, a universal clipboard, auto unlock via Apple Watch, better file synching with iCloud and tons more. Fittingly, Cult of Mac has all the tricks and tips you need to get the most out of Apple’s new operating system including a few video tutorials for good measure. Mac owners can download the free update today!

What’s your favorite macOS Sierra feature?

How to switch your Apple Watch to a new iPhone

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Get your Apple Watch ready for the new iPhone.
Get your Apple Watch ready for the new iPhone.
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So you just bought a shiny new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and you have no idea how to get your Apple Watch to play nicely with it?

Most iPhone users just reset their Apple Watch and start brand new. But if you want to keep all your health and fitness data, there’s an easy way to switch your Apple Watch to your new iPhone.

Here’s how to switch Apple Watch to a new iPhone the right way.

Set up your new Apple Watch to max out your fitness gains

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Get in shape with your new Apple Watch.
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If you’ve just bought a shiny new Apple Watch Series 2, hoping it will help you get in shape, then here’s some advice: Invest a little time setting it up so your wearable is tailored to your personal fitness level and goals.

These quick and easy setup tips will help you get the most out of your Apple Watch fitness routine.

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from the new Cult of Mac Fitness Handbook. It’s coming soon, loaded with iPhone and Apple Watch fitness tips — and it will be exclusively free for Cult of Mac readers.

How to back up your data and hand off an old iOS device

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Backing up your data is easier than ever before.
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If you’re planning to get hold of a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus in the coming weeks, you’re probably planning to get rid of your old handset — either by selling it or handing it over to a friend or family member.

Before you do that, however, make sure you follow our handy guide so you know exactly what to do to safely hand off an old iOS device.

How to use watchOS 3: Tips, tricks and hidden tweaks

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The new Breathe app in watchOS 3 turns Apple Watch into a meditation machine.
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Your Apple Watch Series 1 or Series 2 has arrived! Introduced at Apple’s keynote last week, the third version of the Apple Watch does a heck of a lot more than tell time and Cult of Mac has some tips to help you make the most of its myriad new features.

Mastering the various features is a bit of a learning curve on this highly advanced wearable operating system, but we’ve rounded up a cheat-sheet of tips and tricks to try out with the fitness, graphics, games and media features.

What’s your favorite new watchOS 3 feature?

How to use iOS 10: Tips and tricks for iPhone 7

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Unlock all the hidden features and tips in Apple's new iOS 10.
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Welcome to Apple’s latest operating system: iOS 10! With this latest upgrade comes an improved mobile platform packed with tons of new features, improvements and functionality.

It’ll take a bit of getting used to all the new improvements and discover all the hidden gems that await in iOS 10. Once you’ve installed it, take a look below to see Cult of Mac’s roundup of some of the best tips and tweaks to help you get the most out the new features in iOS 10.