After a bit of Googling, it would appear that this is possible. It appears that the undocumented connector is a variation on the Lightning port (but with 6 pins instead of 8).I wonder if the undocumented connector on the watch can reset it, and if so, why the stores don't have a device that can do it?
After doing the 5.0 update I also discovered the issue of "Deliver Quietly". I contacted AppleCare. They couldn't figure out what was going on. The call was escalated. I spent three hours over three days with AppleCare, restoring the Watch from the backup and as a new Watch. Nothing helped. They were stumped.I feel like I've stumbled over a bug where setting "Deliver Quietly" on the watch using the "..." option on a notification, then manually restoring the notification settings on the phone (both for the phone and in the watch app on the phone) does not restore the haptic taps for either Mail (and I have explicitly turned them back on in the notification settings in the watch app on the phone), or for any notification that is "mirror iPhone" because there is no watch-side app.
I also updated to 5.1.1 last night with no perceived problems.Apple have posted watchOS 5.1.1 that supposedly fixes the bricking problem. I had already successfully updated to 5.1 before they pulled the recalcitrant updater but went ahead and up-updated, since it was presented. No issues, completed successfully on my S4.
CNN said:Dr. Sanjay Gupta tests the Apple Watch's new ECG heart monitor
... When you hear the term ECG or EKG, it is usually in reference to a 12-lead electrocardiogram, the gold standard for measuring the heart's electrical pattern. A 12-lead ECG is the professional version that is administered in a clinic or hospital setting. Twelve leads (using 10 electrodes) are placed on your limbs and across your torso. They measure the heart's electrical activity in several directions and planes and are highly sensitive. They can detect abnormal electrical patterns and find areas where heart muscle is dying, as in the case of inadequate blood supply or heart attack.
Apple's new app is a much simpler single-lead ECG with limited capabilities. It won't help detect most heart rhythm abnormalities or worsening heart failure. It also won't reliably detect the electrical changes associated with a heart attack. Apple concedes this and provides plenty of labeling on the app and in the accompanying literature cautioning against overinterpreting the results.
Eclectic Light Co. said:Apple Watch Series 4: ECG wherever you go
... Until I retired almost five years ago, I had spent much of my professional life looking at and trying to interpret ECGs. Plenty of doctors do, but what was unusual in my case was that these were being recorded live from people who were supposed to be healthy, not those with suspected heart problems or heart attacks, and that the great majority were ‘single-lead’ and in challenging circumstances. For example, we might be exercising a healthy person by running them on a treadmill in tropical heat, or immersing a volunteer in very cold water to assess their initial responses – which can sometimes include dangerous disturbances of heart rhythm.
Over the twenty-five and more years that I did this, we used a variety of ECG monitoring systems, some wireless, others using long leads. The very first that I used relied on analogue wireless telemetry, and the latest ran fully digital over Bluetooth. The Apple Watch Series 4 compares very favourably with all of these, at a tiny fraction of their cost.
Apple’s Watch Series 4 has two health features of value to users: ECG and hard fall detection. The quality of the ECG is superb, and forms a system for early detection of atrial fibrillation. Although the users most likely to benefit from this are those over sixty, it has the potential to be valuable for everyone when used according to its explicit instructions. Healthcare professionals may well be able to use ECG traces for other purposes, but those require training and experience in their interpretation, and are currently outside the Watch’s approval as a medical device.
Michael Potuck said:
No problems with News on my Watch 4 running 5.2.1 and iOS 12.3.1 on iPhone.I recently updated my Series 3 (non-LTE) watch from watchOS 5.2 to 5.2.1. Ever since then, the News app has become useless (at least, for its original and intended purpose). It now functions as an extremely minimalist digital watch face. That is to say, the screen is entirely black with the exception of the time in the upper-right corner.
I have quit the app (by pressing the side button, swiping left on the app, and tapping the big red X button), power cycled the watch, power cycled the iPhone, and done everything I can think of.
The only thing I can think of that might have anything to do with this is that my iOS was at 12.2 when the watch update was done; the update to 12.3.1 was done afterwards.
Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks!
Have you tried tapping lightly on the Dismiss button rather than pressing hard?Just a quick question about one single serious frustration with an Apple Watch (Series 4, non-GPS): Are others seeing an extremely high failure rate for the Dismiss button in messages? Is there any solution? Most of the time it simply doesn't work. Occasionally it does. Such an ostensibly simple thing - pushing a button to get an action - is confounding when it doesn't do what it should. Everything is up to date. There's not much added to the watch. I've tried every possible combination of button touches....
I occasionally have to tap a second or third time on a button, but nothing like what you describe, Ric. It mostly just works. Less than once a month on my iPhone, and even less often on my watch, I feel the need to cycle power for such issues. My watch is the same Series 4 non-cellular. I think a call to Apple is in order.Are others seeing an extremely high failure rate for the Dismiss button in messages?
I am still dealing with the problem mentioned in this post. A visiting friend asked me if I had done a factory reset on the watch, which I have not done, because there is health data I do not want to lose.Yes, I have restarted the Watch, jumped through many hoops, and tried for weeks. Everything else seems to work.
That's a critical issue, and I have no idea where that data is stored, how to back it up and recover it after resetting the Watch or iPhone, or how to access it outside of Apple's apps.A visiting friend asked me if I had done a factory reset on the watch, which I have not done, because there is health data I do not want to lose.
Good question, especially considering Apple's history of Apple Watch battery problems.Is this region of the screen hyporesponsive to taps or pushes in other apps? Could this be due to battery swelling?
I don't have a watch, but the health app on my iPhone XS has data from both my previous iPhone 6S and iPhone 8. My assumption is that it came from iCloud backups over the years.That's a critical issue, and I have no idea where that data is stored, how to back it up and recover it after resetting the Watch or iPhone, or how to access it outside of Apple's apps. Does anyone know where to find definitive answers to these questions?
When you're reading a message, you have to swipe bottom-up to read through the whole thing, then there's a Dismiss button at the bottom (which often fails to work in my experience).I don’t bother with the Dismiss button. I just swipe top-down to dismiss nearly any notification.
I tried some suggestions given above. Powering the watch off and back on may have helped a little but didn't really resolve the problem. What I'm finding is that a light touch, which works on every iPhone or iPad I've ever used, doesn't seem to work so well on the Dismiss button. Instead, it seems to work better if I plaster a large part of a finger over the button (though more experimentation is needed).Just a quick question about one single serious frustration with an Apple Watch (Series 4, non-GPS): Are others seeing an extremely high failure rate for the Dismiss button in messages? Is there any solution? Most of the time it simply doesn't work. Occasionally it does. Such an ostensibly simple thing - pushing a button to get an action - is confounding when it doesn't do what it should.
So far, this has proved to be the best workaround.I don’t bother with the Dismiss button. I just swipe top-down to dismiss nearly any notification.
I think it’s the default, but this Apple support page tells you how to switch it on and off:I didn’t know this, but I can confirm that it works... after a delay...
Imagine my surprise when, an hour later, the watch was unlocked. I did not enter the passcode myself.
Thank you. I can confirm that it was unlocked by my iPhone.I assume you have a phone. Your watch will unlock if it’s on your wrist and the associated phone unlocks.
The Verge said:Apple announces repair program for cracked Apple Watch screeTITLE
Apple has acknowledged a flaw in certain Apple Watch models that could lead to the screen cracking, and has launched a replacement program for affected users. Apple or authorized service providers will replace the screen on eligible models free of charge.
“Apple has determined that, under very rare circumstances, a crack may form along the rounded edge of the screen in aluminum models of an Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3,” the company says on its website. “The crack may begin on one side and then may continue around the screen as shown in the images below.”
I, too, am still wearing my 'Series 0' every day — as are quite a few of us, judging by comments here — and my battery had suddenly taken to dying after about 4 hours. Now, I understand that a weak battery can be an excellent partial excuse to upgrade. So please do not read the following if your heart is set on buying a Series 5....I'm still on an original ("Series 0") as it does pretty much everything I want but as its battery is now worn out enough, and an interesting new feature has arrived (always-on), I'm considering upgrading to the 5.
And here's a review from Ars Technica:iFixit said:Apple Watch Series 5 Teardown
The big new feature on the Apple Watch Series 5 is its always-on display. Now you can tell the time, anytime—an “innovative” feature that my $20 Timex has had for ages, but it’s easier said than done on a complex device like the Apple Watch. That’s why what really matters is on the inside. Here’s what our teardown uncovered.
We got around to opening up the 40 mm model and noticed a significantly different battery. This one has a snazzy new metal casing, as well as 10% more battery capacity than the Series 4 40 \mm model.
Valentina Palladino said:Apple Watch Series 5 review: A better, more independent timepiece
... You'll likely always need an iPhone to use an Apple Watch, but with every update it continues to get easier to leave that iPhone behind and remain connected to the most important aspects of your digital life by using the Apple Watch.
- Solid build quality and design.
- Always-on display mode doesn't impact 18-hour battery life.
- Always-on display mode can be disabled.
- Accurate internal sensors (heart rate, GPS, etc).
- On-Watch app store is easy to use and useful.
- Cycle tracking is thorough and discrete with watchOS app.
- Activity Trends isn't as detailed as it should be.
- Still no native sleep tracking.
- Not many Watch-only apps yet.
- Only works with iOS devices.
- No third-party watch faces.
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