Apple Watch might get its own App Store

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It’s time to cut the cable and set Apple Watch free
Apple Watches running watchOS 6 could be significantly more independent from iPhone than their predecessors.
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Apple Watch is reportedly going to become less tied to iPhone this fall. An unconfirmed report indicates that watchOS 6 will have its own App Store, allowing wearers to download software directly.

And this is just one of the changes supposedly in store for Apple’s popular wearable.

Apple Watch Series 4 review: So good it’ll make your heart race

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The Series 4 comes with some great new watch faces, like this information-packed Infograph face.
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I have a new best friend. It’s the Apple Watch Series 4. Boy, do I love this miraculous little machine.

The new Apple Watch really is wonderful. As with everything else, speed makes it so much more fluid and seamless. The display is gigantic and awesome! There’s so much technology packed inside, it’s a sci-fi marvel.

I took it for a long bike ride to test it out. Here’s what I found.

Hands on with the hot new Apple Watch faces in watchOS 5

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watchOS 5's animated faces bring new life to the Apple Watch
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If you watched last week’s Apple Watch Series 4 unveiling and are dying for those new animated watch faces — but don’t want to buy a new watch — you’ll be happy to know that watchOS 5 brings the best of them to Apple Watch Series 1 and up.

They’re not quite as nice as what you’ll get with the new larger Series 4 watches coming Friday, but they’re still pretty great. Here’s a hands-on look at the new Apple Watch faces.

Apple Watch Series 4 face is ridiculously complicated

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The more you look at this Apple Watch face, the more notifications you see.
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An image of Apple’s next wearable leaked today, revealing an impractical new Apple Watch face that crams in every possible type of notification all at once.

It has no less than nine different complications. And, oh yes, the time. 

Wear Pride on your wrist with new Apple Watch face

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Apple has a new Pride face for the Apple Watch.
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Rainbow-colored strings that do a wavy dance with every touch make up a new animated Pride face on the Apple Watch.

The new Pride face was discovered in updates to watchOS 4.3.1 and iOS 11.4 in advance of a rollout scheduled for June 4.

Awesome Apple Watch tricks to get the most out of your wearable

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Make the most of your Apple Watch with these handy tips.
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The Apple Watch truly became a useful device with the release of the Series 3. LTE connectivity, more accurate heart rate monitoring, and faster hardware make the Apple Watch a joy to use.

With all the features and functions Apple advertises, there are still plenty of hidden tips and tricks for users to discover. Check out seven of my favorites in our latest video:

watchOS 4 Wish List: 7 features we’d love to see

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Here's what we expect from Apple's next big update for watchOS.
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Apple’s WWDC event is less than a week a way, where it is expected to release big upgrades to its family of operating systems. The youngest Apple platform, watchOS, got some serious improvements in watchOS 3. With the fourth interaction, Apple is expected to squash some of the biggest problems while breathing life with new features too.

Full details on watchOS 4 still haven’t been revealed, but we’ve got some ideas of our own that we’re really hoping made the cut this year.

This is what we want in watchOS 4:

 

WATCHe app makes Apple Watch look oldfangled

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WATCHe lets you turn your Apple Watch into a mechanical timepiece. Kind of.
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A new app for your fancy Apple Watch delivers a super-cool and stylish education on the inner workings of actual watches.

The free app, called WATCHe, shows you the time. Obviously, your Apple Watch can already do that on its own, but the app ups the class by simulating the gears, cogs, springs and movements of an analog watch. And it might actually teach you something.

How nerds make Apple Watch look even cooler

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Will Apple finally deliver one of our most-requested features for watchOS?
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Apple Watch owners have had some time to play around with the wearable’s custom faces since the feature launched with watchOS 2, and some creative tech and sci-fi fans have come up with delightfully nerdy ways to spruce up their devices.

A few users have taken to making specially formatted faces that showcase their love of games, movies, and TV shows, but the really enterprising ones have found ways to include coordinated Apple Watch bands into their designs.

Here are some of the coolest ones we’ve tracked down.