One of the attractions of the Apple Watch is its built-in activity tracking features. The proprietary Activity app enables you to track your movement, exercise and standing frequency over time, while integrated feedback helps you to improve on long-term activity goals. Apple’s efforts are commendable, but a little basic for the committed fitness freak, which is why there are third-party Apple Watch fitness apps available that specialise in these areas and which may serve your […]
Get fit with Apple kit MacFormat – January 2016 Issue 295 Self-tracking is nothing new. Professional athletes and trainers have monitored personal metrics for decades in an effort to improve performance, while doctors and clinicians have studied medical data for longer to improve patient health. But in the last few years, interest in biometrics has increased exponentially. In this feature for MacFormat, I look at why tracking health and fitness data has really taken off […]
I contributed two how-to articles to this one-off bookazine, which takes new Apple Watch owners step by step through key Apple Watch features including Activity, Apple Pay and Apple Music, as well as Siri, Messages and Maps. The Ultimate Apple Watch Handbook also helps owners discover and use the best free and paid-for Apple Watch apps. Click here to order a copy online.
Tardisk Boosting internal MacBook storage – externally Apple’s habit of making its Macs ever more impervious to upgrading has become a topic of widespread scorn in recent years, with the company’s use of proprietary ‘pentalope’ screws, superglued-in batteries and soldered-down RAM chips coming in for a lot of criticism from veteran tinkerers. One component that has so far escaped Apple’s anti-upgrade sealant treatment however is the solid-state storage of Retina MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros […]
The twelfth major release of OS X is now officially available on the Mac App Store. As usual, Apple’s new version of its operating system is a completely free download and comes with a bunch of new features. El Capitan has benefitted from a public beta testing programme to iron out the vast majority of bugs prior to hitting the mainstream, so as long as your Mac is compatible then there’s no reason not to […]
I’m a great believer in the clean OS install. I’m not talking about when it comes to installing Windows – a fresh start for any new Microsoft release should really go without saying – I mean installing the latest Mac OS. I know Apple tries to make every new OS update as seamless and simple as possible to make Mac users’ lives easier, and I’m very grateful for its ‘Restore from Time Machine backup’ and ‘Migration […]