Huge study confirms Apple Watch ECG accurately detects AFib

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Doctors found that if your Apple Watch ECG indicates you have a heart problem, you almost certainly do.
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The electrocardiogram built into recent Apple Watch models isn’t likely to give wearers false notifications that they have atrial fibrillation, a potentially dangerous heart condition. A clean bill of health for this wearable’s ECG is the conclusion of a study involving over 400,000 participants that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Biggest shockers from Apple’s record-smashing Q4 earnings

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Surprise! Apple made an ungodly amount of money last quarter.
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Apple shares are soaring in after-hours trading today thanks to yet another record-breaking earnings report.

Tim Cook and Apple CFO Luca Maestri got on the phone with investors after the numbers came and provided some surprising details on how Apple hit a new high for Q4 revenue despite slowing iPhone sales. While everyone has been focusing on Apple’s booming services business, one of the company’s other product categories has transformed into its true growth engine.

Change these settings to make your Apple Watch battery last all day

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Keep your Apple Watch going all day long.
Keep your Apple Watch going all day long.
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My Apple Watch Series 5 gets seriously good battery life. I can easily get 24 hours out of it, but I don’t really stress it by doing multiple daily workouts or by streaming audio directly to Bluetooth headphones. But what if your watch has trouble lasting the whole day? Or if you’re traveling, and not able to just stop and charge the watch whenever it needs a quick boost?

Today, we’ll check three settings that can prolong your Apple Watch battery life.

Why iPad will never catch up to Mac [Cult of Mac Magazine 317]

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The iPad is perfect for simple tasks. For more advanced things? Not so much.
The iPad is perfect for simple tasks. For more advanced things? Not so much.
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Even with all the new productivity features in iPadOS, the iPad still can’t touch the Mac when it comes to ease of use. The reason? It’s complicated.

Find out why Cult of Mac’s Graham Bower thinks the iPad user interface can never really compete with the Mac in this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. As usual, we crammed it full of Apple news and opinions. You also will find plenty of Apple how-tos and reviews. (Don’t miss our Apple Watch Series 5 review.)

Grab your free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine now from the iOS App Store. Or hit the links below to read in your browser.

Life insurance firm offers Apple Watch Series 5 for just $25

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Next Apple Watch Activity challenge will take place on Veterans Day
Next Apple Watch Activity challenge will take place on Veterans Day
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John Hancock will start selling Apple Watch Series 5 for just $25 this fall.

The new wearable, which usually starts at $399, will be available to life insurance customers who vow to be more active. But you’ll need to stick to your promise of living a healthier lifestyle.

Apple Watch owners plagued by bad battery life under watchOS 6

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Quanta doesn't want to make Apple Watch anymore.
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Apple’s recent watchOS 6 upgrade brought a host of new features and faces to Apple Watch. But it has also had a nasty impact on battery life for lots of upgraders.

Apple Watch Series 5 owners are reporting that their new wearable isn’t lasting as long as Apple promised it would in between charges. However, they’re not the only ones who are suffering.

Apple Watch Series 5: Big little changes [Review]

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Apple Watch could soon help you get better sleep.
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During the past week with Apple Watch Series 5, I’ve been testing the device. Once again, I took a new watch on my family vacation to Disney World, using it whenever possible to make my life easier.

So does the Series 5, with its always-on display, live up to the hype? And is it worth the upgrade if you’re on an older version? Watch our video review, or read our full Apple Watch Series 5 review, to find out if the new watch is right for you.

Hands-on with the new Apple Watch Series 5 compass

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The Milanese Loop's magnet doesn't seem to trouble the compass.
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WatchOS 6 introduces a new Compass app (only for the Apple Watch Series 5), along with a couple of Compass complications. It works pretty much exactly like you’d expect, only with a few neat extras. You can access it from the All Apps screen, or by tapping the Compass complication on one of your Apple Watch faces. Let’s take a look.