Ditch the Apple Watch Sport band, get Shift instead

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Shift lets you maintain form, spend less time looking at your wrist and more on the trail and traffic.
Shift lets you maintain form, spend less time looking at your wrist and more on the trail and traffic.
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A pair of avid runners turned engineers have reinvented the watch band into something kind of genius, and we’ve got it in the Cult of Mac Watch Store.

Your Apple Watch provides a torrent of information – so why wear it in the same spot as the watch your great-grandfather wore? Putting key stats and info in your natural line of sight is not only easier to read, it’s easier to use and it’s safer.

Amazon gets green light to sell more Apple products

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iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
You'll be able to scoop an iPhone from Amazon real soon.
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Amazon shoppers are about to see a whole lot more Apple products on the retailer’s online storefront.

Apple and Amazon have reportedly inked a deal that allows Amazon to sell Apple’s newest iPhones and other products. The deal gives Apple a huge new sales channel but there’s one product Amazon doesn’t want to sell for Apple.

Fitbit finally becomes serious Apple Watch competitor

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Fitbit Versa
The Versa helped Fitbit's smartwatch shipments grow 348 percent.
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Fitbit smartwatch shipments more than tripled last quarter. That pushed this company up to where it can actually begin to rival Apple Watch.

Apple still enjoys a commanding lead, but Fitbit managed to take a chunk out of its rival’s global market share.

watchOS 5.1.1 is out with crucial fix for Apple Watch

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Apple Watch Series 4
A new fix is out for Apple Watch.
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Apple Watch owners can finally take advantage of the 70 new emoji Apple already added to iPhone, iPad and Mac last week.

After pulling watchOS 5.1 last week because it bricked some watches, Apple has come out with a new watchOS 5.1.1 update that contains all of the goodies from watchOS 5.1, plus a crucial fix for the bug that made some watches inoperable.

Apple Watch shipments could grow 40 percent next year

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Apple Watch Series 4
The Apple Watch Series 4 could help push this wearable to more than 80 percent growth over two years.
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The original Apple Watch got off to a slow start and was even labeled a flop. But years later, this wearable has really turned things around.

A market analysis firm says shipments are up significantly this year, and will be even stronger in 2019, with 83 percent growth over a two-year period.

No, watchOS 5.1 doesn’t add ECG to Apple Watch Series 4

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Apple Watch ECG
Apple says the ECG app is still "coming later this year" to Apple Watch Series 4.
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Apple just released watchOS 5.1, an update that brings new features to this wearable. But one of these is not the software needed for Apple Watch Series 4 users to take an electrocardiogram. Other sites are incorrectly reporting that the ECG app is part of this update.

Apple Watches across Europe could crash this weekend

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Apple Watch Series 4
Europeans, you can easily save your wearable from an Apple Watch DST bug causing you problems on Sunday.
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Daylight Saving Time comes to an end in Europe early Sunday morning, and this could cause problems for Apple Watch Series 4 owners.

There could be a repeat of what happened in Australia earlier this month. Apple Watch wearers saw their wearable crash over-and-over on the day DST ended because one of the Watch complications couldn’t deal with a 25-hour day.

Rare diamonds and gold send Lux Apple Watch price soaring above $1 million

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Lux Apple Watch
This is the $58,995 version of Brikk's Lux Apple Watch series 4.
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If you think $529 is a lot to pay for a new Apple Watch then you aren’t the target market for a Lux Watch 4. These are produced by Brikk, who takes Apple’s wearable and lavishes on gold and precious gems, Prices start at a mere $28,995 and go up to over $1 million.

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Face off! Developers cook up custom Apple Watch faces

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Apple's new watch faces are great, but we want more!
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The pressure is building on Apple to finally add third-party watch faces to the Apple Watch after a couple of developers have shown how easily they can be made.

Custom watch faces have been the most-requested feature for the Apple Watch since the original version came out in 2015. Nike and Hermes have been the only sources for third-party watch faces, but iOS developer Steve Steve Troughton-Smith has found a hack around that.