How to Clean Your Apple Watch

Given that your Apple Watch spends most of its time clinging to your wrist, it’s no surprise that it gets a bit grubby once in a while.

In fact, according to research, wearing a wristwatch of any kind can result in an increase of bacterial contamination of the wrist.

Sporting an Apple Watch is something to be proud of, it is a fancy piece of tech after all. You wouldn’t want to spoil the effect of wearing an Apple Watch with figurative green lines coming from it, would you?

How can you clean away the grime and grub from your super cool Apple Watch? Keeping reading for our top 5 Apple Watch cleaning tips.

1. Clean Your Apple Watch Face

When cleaning your Apple Watch, you need to be extra careful about which products you use. Soap, cleaning products, and abrasive materials should not be applied. Ultrasonic cleaning, compressed air, and other heat sources may also cause irreversible damage to your device.

To give your Apple Watch a good clean without damaging it, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your Apple Watch. Do not try to clean it when it is still charging.
  2. Wipe the watch with a clean, lint-free, non-abrasive cloth. If the watch is very dirty, for some reason, lightly dampen the cloth with clean fresh water.
  3. Dry the watch with a similar lint-free cloth.

You can buy a watch cleaning kit to help with your watch maintenance. But Apple recommends just using clean water and a lint-free, non-abrasive cloth.

2. Clean the Digital Crown

The Digital Crown or Home Button on your Apple Watch may get stuck if it becomes unclean. Debris may become lodged and stop the Digital Crown from being able to move. If you find dust, lotion or debris around it, follow these cleaning steps:

  1. Turn off your Apple Watch. Do not try to clean it when it is still charging.
  2. Remove the band if it is made of a leather or fabric material.
  3. For about 10-15 seconds, hold the Digital Crown under lightly running water from a tap. The water should be fresh and slightly warm. Do not use soaps or other cleaning products.
  4. As water runs over the gap between the Digital Crown and the watch face, continuously turn and press the crown.
  5. Dry the watch with a lint-free, non-abrasive, dry cloth.

Don’t rush through these steps, take it slowly. The Digital Crown is a delicate part of the Apple Watch and may be broken if it is not cleaned with care.

3. Clean Your Wristband

In most cases, it’s the wristband that picks up most of the dirt and smells. This means that your wristband will most likely need to be cleaned more regularly than the Apple Watch face or Digital Crown.

Depending on the material of your wristband watch will determine how you clean it.

For Leather Wristbands

Before you start cleaning, make sure to remove the band from the Apple Watch. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Wipe the leather portions of the wristband with a lint-free, non-abrasive cloth. If the watch is very dirty lightly dampen the cloth with clean fresh water.
  2. Leave the band to air dry thoroughly. Although it may take some time, don’t dry in direct sunlight or try to use high temperatures to quickly dry the band.

Remember that leather bands are not water resistant, so do not soak them in water.

For Nylon Wristbands

As with most of the cleaning processes, remove the nylon band from the Apple Watch, then get started. Follow these 4 steps:

  1. Drop your nylon wristband into a bowl of warm water. Some say you can add a tiny bit of mild soap, but that is up to you.
  2. When the nylon band has become saturated with water, it will sink to the bottom of the bowl. When it has sunk to the bottom of the bowl, remove it from the water.
  3. Place your nylon watch band on some paper towels, or a towel and gently brush it with a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  4. Allow the nylon watch band to air dry. This may take a long time, but please don’t be tempted to dry in direct sunlight or by using high temperatures.

You can repeat this cleaning process several times if the strap has become extremely dirty.

For Other Materials

There are several other kinds of funky materials on the market which look really awesome. But, the cleaning process is pretty much the same. Follow these steps:

  1. Remove the band from the Apple Watch.
  2. Wipe the wristband with a lint-free, non-abrasive cloth. If the watch is very dirty lightly dampen the cloth with clean fresh water.
  3. Dry the watch with a lint-free, non-abrasive, dry cloth or leave to air dry depending on the material.

Some materials may clean up better than others, so use in your judgment in how harshly you decide to clean the watch strap.

4. Avoid the Cheese Wrist Smell

Before you let your wristband watch get into a smelly state, try to use preventative measures. Instead of focusing on the watch band itself, firstly try to keep your wrist clean and sweat free.

Depending on the type of deodorant you use, you could just apply some onto your wrists the same time as you apply it to your pits. But if your deodorant would feel a bit sticky or slimy under a watchband you can actually buy hand deodorant. Yes, hand deodorant!

The intuitive product was specially designed for those with sports in mind. If you constantly have wrist stink, this might be a great way to keep your Apple Watch clean and fresh for longer.

5. Buy a Sweat-Free Wristband

You can buy a special vented design of wristband that is designed to reduce perspiration. The intuitive design is perfect for wearing when playing sports or exercising at the gym. They also look really cool too!

Time for a Watch Cleaning Sesh

As you can see, Apple Watch cleaning isn’t that hard. But it must be done regularly, to keep those cheesy smells at bay.

However, if you have left it too long and can’t get rid of those funky odors, it might be time to buy a new wristband for your Apple Watch. We have a super cool range of wristbands available in a variety of different styles and materials.

So, what are you waiting for? Go check them out!

New 2018 Apple Watch 4 Due to be Released

Apple sold eight million Apple Watches in the last quarter of 2017.

It’s that time of year again. No, it’s not Pumpkin Spice time. It’s almost time for the release of the new Apple Watch 4.

We loved the Apple Watch 3 and all the cool features it has, and now we’re close to the new release.

Want to know what to expect for the Apple Watch 4? Read on to get the details.

Release Date

The Apple Watch 4 will most likely be released in September 2018.

We can make this prediction based on the past Apple Watch releases. The Apple Watch 3 was announced on September 12, 2017 and released September 22. Apple released the Apple Watch 2 and Apple Watch 1 on September 16, 2016.

The first generation Apple Watch, however, was released on April 24, 2015, so you never know what surprises can be thrown our way.

Design and Specs

Predictions say that the new Apple Watch 4 will have a new design this time around since the past three generations have had the same design.

The only major design difference so far has been the addition of a red dot on the Apple Watch 3 digital crown. The dot signals LTE connectivity.

Bigger Display

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the Apple Watch 4 will have a 15% bigger display. Currently, the Apple Watch screens are either 38mm or 42mm in size.

However, just because the screen might be larger doesn’t mean that the overall watch will be bigger. The new design could have thinner bezels, which would make the screen size wider.

Kuo also predicted more battery capacity. Another prediction is an upgrade in health features such as new health sensors.

Kuo has a proven track record of making accurate Apple predictions in the past. He believes the older models will become less expensive and overall Apple Watch sales will increase. Eventually, he predicts that Apple will sell up to 50 million watches a year.

New Buttons

According to Fast Company, the Apple Watch 4 will have solid state buttons.

These new buttons will use the haptic effect, similar to the iPhone 7’s home button. Instead of pressing down on the button, the button reacts to your finger’s touch.

The digital crown, however, will still rotate physically.

Solid state buttons will make the new watch more water-proof since there won’t be an opening for the button. The new buttons also make the overall watch design sleeker, and it will demand less space on the watch, which could mean a bigger battery.

Features

Unlock with Face ID

Tired of entering your passcode everytime you want to unlock your Apple Watch? A patent from Apple in March 2018 showed that Apple may be adding a camera on the Watch face.

This could suggest that you can unlock your Apple Watch 4 with facial recognition, just like the iPhone X.

New Fitness Features

Bloomberg reported back in December 2017 that Apple may be developing advanced heart-tracking features.

Apple Watch currently has a heart rate monitor. but the company has been testing an EKG heart monitor on the watch. An EKG, or an electrocardiogram, can look for heart abnormalities such as an irregular heart rhythm.

An EKG would be able to alert users to potential heart problems.

The Apple Watch was originally marketed as a fashion watch, but lately, Apple has been pushing to advance its health and fitness features.

Sleep Tracking

Apple acquired the sleep tracking app Beddit in 2017, which could suggest new sleep tracking features in the Apple Watch 4. The company updated their privacy policy page in May 2017 and announced the acquisition.

Currently, you can’t track your sleep on the Apple Watch 3 unless you download a third party app.

Smart Bands

Rumors have been spreading that Apple will unveil smart bands.

A patent was issued to Apple in June 2018 for a blood pressure measuring system. According to Fast Company, this could be a new Apple Watch band design that measures blood pressure.

Software

The Apple Watch 4 will use the new WatchOS 5 software. The software will also most likely be released in September when the Apple Watch 4 is unveiled.

The new software will feature a variety of upgrades.

Walkie-Talkie

Now to the most talked about feature. This new feature will let you quickly send messages to other Apple Watch users.

New Fitness Features

You will be able to participate in 7-day competitions with other watch users. The app will also send notifications and alerts to push you to win the competition.

There is also a new automatic workout detection feature. Your watch will be able to detect when you start certain popular workouts. The new feature will also know when you have finished the workout.

Upgrades to Watch Faces

There will be changes to the watch faces and will include more details such as sports information and maps.

Smarter Notifications

Notifications will be more interactive. For example, you would be able to pay for a ride or check into your flight through from the notification.

Podcasts App

The Apple Watch will have a podcasts app! You can now listen to all your favorite podcasts on your watch.

Battery Life

As Kuo predicted a larger battery capacity, this means an improved battery life. This is important if the Apple Watch 4 is going to include sleep tracking.

Bands

The bands are fully compatible with the older versions. The 38mm bands fit onto the new 40mm Apple watch, while the 42mm bands fit onto the newer 44mm Apple watch

Price

How much will the Apple Watch 4 set you back? We think it will be about the same price as the current Apple Watch 3, which starts at $329.

Other Predictions for Apple Watch 4

There are also rumors that suggest the Apple Watch 4 will have a round display like other smartwatches. However, we think Apple will stick to the current, unique square design for the fourth generation.

Ready for the New Apple Watch?

We can’t wait for the big reveal and to see what Apple will unveil.

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The New Fitbit Charge 3 Tracker: Leaked

Fans of the Fitbit will be thrilled to hear the new leaks on the upcoming evolution of their tracker. The Fitbit Charge 3 isn’t slated until later this year, but we have some juicy info on what we can expect it to perform.

Fitbit’s best seller, the Charge 2, has seen some big sales lately. You can’t help but get excited knowing that stores are making way for the Charge 3. If you’re someone who is partial to fitness trackers over smartwatches, this Fitbit news is for you.

As with all tech leaks, nothing is set in stone. Sometimes specs are higher or lower than originally rumored. You can put some faith into these leaks, as major establishments like Bloomberg have reported on them.

Previous Fitbit Leaks

To put a little backstory on this recent leak of the Fitbit Charge 3, let’s revisit what went down last year. The first leaks for Fitbit mentioned the launch of a new smartwatch and the successor to Fitbit Blaze 2. The smartwatch leaks were accurate, save for the name of the device, Fitbit’s Ionic.

The Blaze 2 was simply rebranded to the Versa, so that rumor was also technically true. Fast-forward to today and we are approaching the two year anniversary of the Charge 2. It came out in September, so does that mean we’ll see the third iteration next month?

Well, no official word has been released on exactly when the Charge 3 will hit stores. That’s pretty standard for most tech companies, of course.

Fitbit Charge 3 Design

The leaked photos of the new Charge 3 immediately display a wow-factor. You’ll first notice the wider selection of colors and straps. Along with the standard straps, you’ll find new breathable fabric straps and perforated silicone straps.

The device itself has the same low-profile look to it. The screen looks to be slightly thinner with smaller bezels. The logo still takes up a bit of real estate at the bottom of the screen. We like the hints of a customizable screen, too.

Overall, the new Charge 3 looks to be a more comfortable Fitbit. The device looks lighter, lower profile, and more modern. It makes the Charge 2 look like a kids device, in comparison.

Swipe Left for Heartrate?

What might be missed at first glance is the missing button on the left of the Charge 3. It’s replaced with a weird divot in its place. This might mean that Fitbit has decided to transition into all touchscreen functionality.

Most of us felt cheated that the Charge 2 had a screen that wasn’t properly touch-sensitive. It moves through menus via a tap, but it doesn’t work as smoothly as the touchscreen on most modern mobile devices. We want simple, but responsive touchscreens, please.

Some fans of the tracker might see this as a con, as we all know sweaty fingers don’t play well with screens. We’ll hold our reservations, for now, until we actually get our hands on the device. Although, it wouldn’t be too shocking to see them move in this direction. The Versa and Ionic have been successes.

Features and Capabilities

We expect to see more out of the new Fitbit, going off of what the market is trending. Look forward to having your fitness tracker doing more and being more responsive. The Charge 2 is an absolute must-have device for anyone who hasn’t used one before.

With that said, the growth of fitness tracker capabilities has increased steadily over the past two years. We don’t know any of the hard specs as of right now, but you can expect the Fitbit Charge 3 to have more power. It will likely incorporate some of the smart features from Fitbit Ionic.

Things we would like to see include: a proper GPS tracker, waterproof capabilities, and Fitbit Pay. The contactless payment service would be such a big help for those who prefer to run unencumbered. Even a simple card/money clip can feel like a hindrance.

Other Fitbit fans have been calling for a smarter alarm system. An alarm that will wake you out of a light sleep or let you sleep for a bit longer, to be precise. The idea is to set an alarm clock range. The heart rate monitor can then detect whether your quality of sleep will benefit from more or less shuteye time.

What Will it Cost?

To answer this question, we need to look at what Fitbit could charge based on competition. Yes, the Charge 2 came out for $150, but the fitness band/smartwatch industry has changed a bit. They could certainly release their new Fitbit tracker at the same price.

There are a few reasons why it might cost a bit more, though. If Fitbit is leaning towards more smartphone hybrid features, then it needs to be priced as such. Competitors like Polar price their fitness trackers at about $190.

It is also worth noting that the Fitbit Charge 2 is still going for $120 new. A $30 price difference for the new model isn’t wide enough to keep interest in the previous generation. If they decide to drop the price to $100, then toss that consideration out.

High Expectations, Higher Goals

With the decline in popularity of pure fitness tracker bands in favor of smartwatches, Fitbit must pounce. They still lead the market, but if their next iteration isn’t enough of an improvement, we could see abandonment.

Fitness trackers will still have their place, just not as high-end fitness devices as they once were. As smartwatches become, uh, smarter, smaller, and more affordable, only loyalists will keep wearing trackers. We have faith in the Fitbit Charge 3, though. Everything looks great on paper.

Keep checking back on our blog for more Fitbit news updates. As soon as we learn more solid information or an official release date, we’ll let you know.

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7 Reasons You Need the Fitbit Charge 2

It seems like there’s a new kind of technology for everything these days. Self-driving cars are starting to change how we drive, artificial intelligence is helping us do everything from going shopping to conducting scientific research, and wearables are making everyday life much easier.

Fitbits are some of the most popular wearables out there. This innovative watch company has turned something that used to be just for telling time into much more. A Fitbit helps us track our steps, notice our energy levels, and reach fitness goals.

But, not every single Fitbit is made alike. If you’ve never bought one before, consider getting the recently-released Fitbit Charge 2.

Here are seven reasons why this is the wearable for you.

1. To Increase Your Level of Activity

Think of the last time you counted all the steps you took in a day. If you’re new to wearables, it was probably never. Most people don’t think about their activity levels outside of the gym or morning run.

But a truly active lifestyle isn’t about carving out an hour or so to work out. It’s about creating a higher sense of bodily awareness throughout the day, whether you’re in the gym, at the office, or at home. The Fitbit Charge 2 helps you do that to the best of your ability.

When you wear your Fitbit, you become more aware of how long you’ve been sitting at your desk or laying on the couch. It makes you want to get up and walk around, even if it’s just a lap around the office or to your kid’s room to check on them.

These steps won’t make you break a sweat or anything, but they do support your heart health and overall energy levels.

2. To Better Track Your Workouts

There’s tracking all the steps in each day, then there’s tracking how well you perform during each workout. Make sure you have your Fitbit Charge 2 every time you head to the gym, yoga studio, or outdoor running trail.

This way, you can see exactly how many calories you’ve burned and the heart rate levels you achieved. Such measurements make a big difference. They help you identify areas of improvement and realize where most of your efforts are going.

Even if you already write down everything you do when you go to the gym or use some sort of calorie counter for your meals, a Fitbit can take everything to the next level.

3. To Try New Things

Maybe you’re only used to tracking what you know. It’s simple to notice weight progressions in the gym after you’ve been lifting for a while or to see how your mile times are improving if you’re an avid runner.

What if you want to try something new, though? Getting a Fitbit Charge 2 may be the push you need. With this tool, you can compare the effectiveness of a new workout style versus the form of fitness you’re already familiar with.

More so, you can get the most accurate assessment possible. The Charge 2 comes with interval training capacities you can customize for every HIIT session and sprint training day in your workout calendar.

4. To Let Things Go

As good as it is to push yourself in the gym and other fitness efforts, it also pays off to take a break. This Fitbit model can help you do that, too.

The Charge 2 comes with a Relax Mode setting, meant to make you take a step back and chill out. When in Relax Mode, the watch guides you through two or five minutes of gentle, slow breathing. It’s like a mini-meditation session you can do anywhere, anytime.

5. To Reach Your Goals

Whether you’re looking to tone your body, lose a little weight, or make time to relax more often, the Fitbit can help you reach your goals. More importantly, it will help you track all your efforts along the way.

All of your workouts and breathing sessions get saved every day. Then, you can go back and compare the performance of one week versus another, or of two days side by side. Such comparisons help you see how far you’ve come in a short amount of time and they make it easy to understand how much further you have left to go.

6. To Stay Updated

Fitness would be pretty simple to stay on top of if it was the only priority you had! But, most people also have meetings to get to, deadlines to meet, children to pick up from school and dinner to make – just to name a few common to-dos.

Thankfully, the Fitbit Charge 2 keeps you updated every step of the way. It allows you to receive text messages, emails, and calendar updates from your watch screen while working out.

You can’t respond to these things, but, it is nice to know you’ll be aware of your kid’s whereabouts and how much time you have until you need to wrap up your workout and get to work.

7. To Enjoy More Fitbit Benefits More Often

The final reason to get a Fitbit Charge 2 is to make the benefits of a wearable more available. This model can last for about 4 days without being charged!

Such a battery life is a noteworthy accomplishment. Fitbit has done everything they can to make the watch as easy to use as possible. When you don’t have to worry about charging your Fitbit every single day, you’re more likely to wear it for a long period of time.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about the battery dying on you mid-workout.

Get Your Brand-New Fitbit Charge 2 Today

It’s one thing to read about what a Fitbit Charge 2 can do for you and another to realize it in person! It’s time to stop researching and start experiencing the benefits for yourself.

While you’re ordering your brand-new Fitbit, though, you may as well make it as stylish as possible. There are plenty of custom Fitbit bands out there to help you transform a Fitbit Charge 2 from a market model into a beautiful, personalised watch.