Apple Watch Series 6 Service Programme for Blank Screen Issue Announced: Affected Models, How to Claim
Apple has announced the Apple Watch Series 6 Service Program for Blank Screen Issue after the company determined that a very small percentage of 40mm Apple Watch Series 6 screens may permanently go blank. The affected wearables were manufactured between April 2021 and September 2021. Users facing this issue have the option to check the serial number of their smartwatch on the official website. If your smartwatch is eligible, you can access free of charge service from an Apple Authorised Service Provider (AASP). Separately, it was reported late last month that the Apple Watch Series 7 fast charging is breaking as the watchOS 8.5 update.
Apple Watch Series 6 Service Program for Blank Screen Issue was announced by the Cupertino, California-based company after it detected a manufacturing defect with its Series 6 smartwatches. According to the company, the screens of a small percentage of the 40mm Apple Watch Series 6 may be going blank permanently. The affected wearables are from the batches that were manufactured between April 2021 and September 2021.
The tech giant has made it clear that only the eligible smartwatches will receive the free service from the AASP. The company has said that repair of the eligible wearables may be limited to the original country or region of purchase. Users can check the eligibility of their smartwatch for the Apple Watch Series 6 service programme by entering the serial number on Apple’s official website.
It was reported last month that the watchOS 8.5 update which was released for the Apple Watch in March was breaking fast charging support. The update had brought the ability to authorise Apple TV purchases and subscriptions directly from the users’ wrist. Users could also use audio hints in Fitness+ with audio commentary of visually demonstrated moves during workouts following the update. But the reports pointed to Apple Watch Series 7 users confirming that the watchOS 8.5 appears to break support for fast charging — a feature that was exclusive to the Apple Watch Series 7.
Google Pixel Watch to Offer 24 Hours Battery Life, Tips Fitbit App APK Teardown
Google Pixel Watch was unveiled during the I/O 2022 event in May as the first smartwatch offering from the company, alongside the Pixel Buds Pro and Pixel 6a. It runs on the Wear OS platform and comes with Fitbit integration for tracking various physical activities. The Google Pixel Watch will be available in the US starting this fall and ahead of the launch, the Fitbit app is reportedly readying support for the wearable. The recent APK (Android Package Kit) teardown of the app indicates new in-app text related to evening charge reminders giving hints at the estimated battery life of the smartwatch.
The estimated battery life of Google Pixel Watch was suggested by 9to5Google via an APK teardown while examining the latest v3.65 of the Fitbit app. The app could be used to manage the wearable. As per the report, the APK teardown of the app includes new in-app text related to evening charge reminders for the Google Pixel Watch. When this upcoming toggle is enabled, Fitbit will send a notification reminding users to charge their smartwatch.
Fitbit app generally recommends charging the device at least 30 percent before going to bed for ensuring efficient sleep tracking. Assuming that Google is considering a full night’s sleep on 8 hours, the report suggests that the smartwatch could offer a battery life of somewhere around 24 hours. These are in line with the past reports that claimed that the Google Pixel Watch has a capacity of about 300mAh battery that delivers up to a day’s runtime on a single charge.
In May this year, Google introduced the Pixel Watch at I/O 2022 event. It will run the latest version of Wear OS and features a circular display with minimal bezels and curved glass protection. The smartwatch has a stainless-steel build. The wearable supports Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Wallet. It can be used as a remote for compatible smart home devices using the Home app for Wear OS.
Google has also packed customisable, swappable wristbands on the Pixel Watch. It will offer heart rate tracking and sleep monitoring as well. The Pixel Watch will work with the Find My Device app as well to help users locate their misplaced Pixel phone, earbuds, or any other supported devices.
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