To celebrate Black History Month in February, Apple is introducing this year’s Black Unity collection, which includes a special edition Sport Loop for select Apple Watch models, as well as new curated collections and content for multiple iOS platforms.
2023 Black Unity Sport Ring (opens in a new tab) Made from intricately woven yarn, it spells out the word “Unity” and uses the same reds, greens and blacks to reflect the Pan-African flag; similar to last year’s offering. Straps come in 41mm and 45mm sizes to fit “Apple WatchSE, Apple Watch Series 4 or newer, and [the] Apple Watch Ultra (45mm band only). Apple Watch and iPhone users will also be able to download matching Pan-African watch faces and phone wallpapers sometime next week. Both designs, though, require their respective devices to be running watchOS 9.3 and iOS 16.3; Official release. They are both currently in beta.
Given the software requirements, Apple may be hinting that both iOS 16.3 and watchOS 9.3 will be released earlier than expected.according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman (opens in a new tab), the update should be released between February and March. We asked Apple if watchOS 9.3 and iOS 16.3 will be released next week to accompany the Black Unity Collection. This story will be updated if we hear back.
On the other hand, the Sport Loop is currently available at Apple’s online store (opens in a new tab) $49.Or, if you prefer to buy in person, you can buy the straps at “select Apple Store locations” starting January 2
For new content, Apple has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to produce a series of guides for Apple Maps that highlight key moments in the civil rights movement around the last century. Each guide covers a specific time period and events. For example, 1960-1978 part (opens in a new tab) about Martin Luther King Jr., while 1980-2020 Guidelines (opens in a new tab) Touches on more contemporary history like Black Lives Matter.
Apple Fitness Plus subscribers will receive new episodes of Time to Walk and Time to Run on January 30. For the former, this episode will feature renowned R&B singer Patti LaBelle, who will provide some insight into her life and family. Time to Run is a run-through of South LA music and artists who “helped West Coast hip-hop take off.”
Most curated collections are just that; collections of content centered around black artists. For example, Apple Books will further promote its Read More Black Authors series, which aims to connect readers (and audiobook listeners) with “different types” of books. Apple Music updated its for us by us playlist (opens in a new tab) More songs are included based on “Resilience and Resistance”.
Apple Podcasts will highlight shows on how black media in general has had a huge impact on the world; however, you’ll have to wait a little longer to tune in. The collection will launch on February 1st.
Going back to iOS 16.3, which we mentioned earlier, there is an important fix in that update. It solves the problem of randomly flashing green and yellow lines on the iPhone screen at startup. Apparently, this is caused by home apps.must see TechRadar coverage That rather annoying problem.