Hacked Apple Watch proves the web wasn’t meant for 1-inch screens

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Safari on the Apple Watch would suck. Photo: Comex
Safari on the Apple Watch would suck. Photo: Comex

Apple Watch is great at many things like checking weather, tracking fitness and sending notifications. But when it comes to surfing the web, Apple Watch is unsurprisingly the worst device for the task.

An Apple Watch version of Safari wasn’t included with Jony Ive’s smartwatch, but that didn’t stop notorious jailbreaker Comex from hacking a web browser onto the wearable. Comex posted a video of his hacked Apple Watch running a web browser on the Google homepage over the weekend, showing it is possible to browse the web from your wrist — but you’ll never want to.

Check it out:

iOS 8.2 is here with an Apple Watch app you can’t delete

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Photo: Apple
Photo: Apple

Apple’s big keynote just ended, and iOS 8.2 has already been released.

The update includes the new companion app for the Apple Watch, which will be required for setting up the device and loading apps. It also can’t deleted, which means it will be a constant reminder of the Watch you don’t.

Here’s what the official Apple Watch app looks like:

Apple Watch event in March could debut iOS 8.2, Retina MacBook Air

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Will we have to wait for March for the iOS 8.2 update? Photo: Apple

Apple has been working on iOS 8.2 for a while now. Just yesterday, they released iOS 8.2 beta 5 to developers, introducing new changes to WatchKit, the new API for Apple Watch developers.

Given how many betas of iOS 8.2 have come out so far, you might expect that its public release is right around the corner. But a new report suggests we have a long way to go, and the release of iOS 8.2 will be accompanied by an official Apple event — as well as the new MacBook Air.

iOS 8.2 beta 4 is out now for developers

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A new day, a new iOS bug...
iOS 8.2 beta 4 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple has seeded the fourth iOS 8.2 developer this morning. The new beta comes more than one month after iOS 8.2 beta 3 was released. The upcoming iOS 8.2 public release brings Apple Watch support to iOS devices.

iOS 8.2 beta 4 is available to all registered developers in the iOS Dev Center, or as an OTA update. Apple also released a fourth beta of Xcode 6.2 with the new iOS beta.

The release notes for iOS 8.2 beta 4 don’t mention any new features, but contains numerous bug fixes as the Apple Watch launch approaches. Use of iOS 9.0 was also spotted recently as Apple has begun internal testing ahead of its release later this fall.

iOS 8.2 beta 3 is out with WatchKit fixes

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iOS 8.2 beta 3 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple released the third beta of iOS 8.2 to developers this morning. iOS 8.2 is the first version of iOS to provide support for WatchKit and the Apple Watch, slated for release in early 2015.

iOS 8.2 beta 3 Build 12D5452a can be download directly to devices as an over-the-air update. Developers can also pick it up from the Mac Dev Center, along with a new Xcode 6.2 beta 3. The release notes for iOS 8.2 beta 3 don’t mention any new features, but contains plenty of bug fixes for WatchKit and Messages.

Here are the direct download links:

iOS 8.2 beta arrives with support for Apple Watch

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A new day, a new iOS bug...
iOS 8.2 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The mad dash to develop the first wave of Apple Watch apps has just begun, and to go along with the new WatchKit for devs, Apple has also released the first iOS 8.2 beta this morning.

iOS 8.2 beta 1 includes support for WatchKit, which allows Apple Watch apps to connect to and run processes on your iPhone in the background. In a press release announcing the update’s availability, Phil Schiller said, “With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine.”

Release notes for the beta don’t mention other major new features, but we’ll report on any surprises we find, once we get it installed. The iOS 8.2 beta is available to registered developers in the iOS Dev Center, along with a new Xcode 6.2 beta as well.

You can also grab iOS 8.2 from the direct download links below: