Apple celebrates Earth Day with iPhone shots, conservation efforts and more

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Apple’s out with an update on its mangrove forest conservation efforts.
Apple’s out with an update on its mangrove forest conservation efforts.
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April 22 is Earth Day in the US and per usual, Apple is celebrating more than pretty much any other tech company.

Apple store workers are busting out their green shirts and turning the Apple logo green. Meanwhile the company has come out with a few ways for fans to participate with Apple Watch challenges, shot on iPhone nature photos and news about Apple’s mangrove conservation efforts.

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I wanted a Galaxy S10, but I'm stuck with iPhone.
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Apple Store celebrates Heart Month with new health events

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It remains exclusive to the U.S. for now.
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Select Apple Stores around the United States are hosting new health events throughout February to celebrate American Heart Month.

The first took place at Apple Union Square in San Francisco on Monday and featured Apple vice president Dr. Sumbul Desai, fitness trainer Jeanette Jenkins, and president of the American Heart Association, Robert Harrington.

Apple celebrates national parks with Apple Pay, Apple Watch

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Get our there and earn your special award on September 1.
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Apple is helping fans support and enjoy America’s national parks with a new Apple Pay donation program and Apple Watch Activity Challenge.

Apple will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation every time Apple Pay is used in its stores, on Apple.com, or in the Apple Store app between August 24 and August 31. It will also reward Watch wearers with special badges for completing National Park events.

New watchOS 5 beta probably won’t brick your Apple Watch

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It might be getting old, but your Apple Watch could still be worth a small fortune.
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Apple has issued an updated watchOS 5 beta for Apple Watch.

The new build comes just one week after the first was seeded to developers during WWDC. Apple was forced to pull it shortly after its release following reports that it had bricked some Apple Watch Series 2 units.

Get a hands-on look at watchOS 5’s new Apple Watch features

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We've had time to play with the developer beta of watchOS 5, here's what's new.
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of Mac Even if you already saw the WWDC 2018 keynote where Apple showed off watchOS 5, there are tons of features that got brushed over — and some did not get mentioned at all.

As is our duty, we installed the first developer beta of watchOS 5 and gave it a full run-through so we can show you all the new features in action. Check out the video below.

Apple Watch Series 2 review: A tick closer to perfection

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Trade-in that old Apple Watch for money off at the Apple Store.
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I finally have a reason to stop cheating on my Apple Watch.

For the past 16 months, Apple’s wearable and I have had an on-again, off-again relationship. The Apple Watch looks great. It helps me stay fit. It tells the time really well. But it hasn’t been the complete wrist solution I need.

With the Apple Watch Series 2, a lot of the compromises of Apple’s first-gen smartwatch have finally been fixed. You can get GPS without carrying your iPhone. The new Apple Watch is water-friendly. And it’s built for speed. But with the new, less-expensive Apple Watch Series 1 getting some of the same features, is the Series 2 seriously worth the upgrade?

While working on this Apple Watch Series 2 review, I’ve been wearing the new device everywhere I go ever since it came out Friday. The short answer is, “hell yes.”