Bandbreite is a New App for All Apple Watch Owners and Anyone Fascinated with Apple Watch Bands


Bandbreite is a brand new app for a very passionate niche – Apple Watch band collectors. While you might not need a dedicated app to track your watch bands if you only have like less than a handful of bands, Bandbreite offers both hardcore collectors and Apple Watch newcomers an additional outlet to take their enjoyment of watch bands to a higher level.

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For the hardcore collector, Bandbreite a way to track their collection, as well as take note of the bands they are after but have yet to add to their collection.


Bandbreite also provides a stats page where collectors will be able to see an overview of their collections, including telling them what color of bands they probably prefer, how many bands they purchased in a certain year (assuming that they purchased it at time of launch), as well as an approximate of how much they spent on the bands (assuming that bands are purchased brand new at MSRP).


For the Apple Watch newcomer, Bandbreite is likely the easiest way to explore the huge collection of 423 bands (and counting) that Apple has released so far, but due to the limited time nature of most of the bands, many remained unknown to all but the most fervent of watch band collectors.


For example, do you know that the recent Product RED sport band released with the red Aluminium Series 6 is actually the fourth generation Product RED sport band?


Detailed information is also available for all the watch bands, including launch year and season, MSRP in USD, material, and even down to the model numbers for each size variant.


Green dots are also used to indicate the currently available bands in the Apple Online Store, both newly introduced bands as well as bands that remained on the sales lineup from previous seasons.


Under the New Looks section, some of the most recently introduced watch bands are featured, and it is assumed that this section will be updated regularly in the future whenever new bands are introduced.


Under curated collections, watch bands introduced at events such as the recent Apple Event in September 2020 or in special collections such as the annual Pride bands or even the Apple Employee-only Close Your Rings Challenge watch bands are featured in detail.

Bandbreite is a collaboration between Filip Chudzinski (@choreographics, who started the massive Every Apple Watch band Apple released. Ever. thread in the Macrumors forums), a designer from Berlin, Germany as well as developers Florent Lotthé (@flo5929), Baptiste Dajon (@baptistedajon) and Simon Botte (@simonbotte) from France, and is now available on the App Store for the absolutely wonderful price of free.

I have tested the beta of the app and was impressed, and wondered how much will the app go for, since its reach is likely to be small due to the niche of catering for Apple Watch band collectors, but there is absolutely no reason not to download the app and give it a run if you do not have to pay a single cent for it. Get Bandbreite now!

Can you pair Apple Watch Series 2, 1, 0 with iOS 14? (despite having no support for watchOS 7)

Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+

watchOS 7 has to be the first watchOS to abandon a big portion of the Apple Watch install base. Previously watchOS 5 abandoned the first generation Apple Watches, also known as the Series 0, but the number of iPhone users who owned these first generation rarities is pretty small. Apple Watch really started becoming more popular during the Series 2’s life cycle, as the software started to be more refined, as well as the introduction of the Series 1 as a lower entry price point for the Apple Watch ecosystem. The Series 1 stayed in the lineup until the introduction of the Series 4, so it will not be surprising if a lot of Apple Watch owners, especially older ones, are still rocking them.

It is unfortunately not easy to find an answer to the above question (in the title) as Apple support documents don’t offer a clear answer, and many self-proclaimed experts on the interwebs mostly state something along the lines of “iOS 14 only supports watchOS 7” or “watchOS 6 is not supported on iOS 14”. Many of these people likely have not tried to pair (or re-pair) a Series 0-2 to iOS 14. We know that if you already have the Series 2 paired to your phone before you update to iOS 14, it will continue to work after the update. But what most don’t know is if you unpair that Series 2, will it be bricked forever unless you somehow downgrade to iOS 13? (It won’t be)

Well, the answer to the question in the title is YES. You can pair the Series 2, the Series 1 and likely the Series 0 (first generation) Apple Watch to any iPhone with iOS 14 (will try and report back if anyone is interested).

I have personally just finished unpairing and re-pairing my Series 2 (on watchOS 6) from a 8 Plus to the Xs Max, both on iOS 14, and there is no reason why the Series 1 won’t work.

I did notice something different during the pairing process, the watch will ask to enter your account password on the watch itself, and the process itself is a bit wonky compared to pairing my watchOS 7 Apple Watches, not sure if it has anything to do with pairing watchOS 6 to iOS 14 or if it was just a bug.

Nevertheless, if you are wondering about the exact same question, you now have your answer.

Apple Marina Bay Sands – Opening Day (Youtube)

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Online Apple Store is down! 3 hrs 33mins to Apple Event

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According to the rumors, we will see;

  1. Apple Watch Series 6
  2. Apple Watch SE
  3. iPad Air 4
  4. iPad 8
  5. Air Tags
  6. Apple One Service

Can’t wait!

Photos of Apple Marina Bay Sands (still under wraps)

Reader Rui has kindly shared some photos of Apple Marina Bay Sands that he had taken.

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The MBS Apple Store is finally here

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Despite being in the works long before the Apple Jewel store, the Marina Bay Sands Apple Store is finally here. First piece of good news in a very long time.

macOS 11


So macOS 11 Big Sur was announced earlier today at WWDC.

First things first, WOW I did not see that interface change coming. 

There were no prior rumors about an interface change, so Apple really kept it tightly under wrap during the whole development. The last interface change came during Yosemite, during the Jony Ive de-Skeuomorphism era, when OS X was given a fresh coat of paint from the skeuomorphic graphical changes that started in OS X Leopard.

Apple paints this interface change as the biggest one since the one from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X, and while I won’t go so far as to say that this new interface is like the second coming of Aqua, it looks really good, even if some longtime Mac people on the internets were complaining about it. The current macOS has elements from the early days of Aqua, mixed in with more recent graphical changes that were bolted on as the “design era” changes, so a complete interface facelift is definitely welcomed, even if that means an interface that is extremely similar to that of iPadOS 14. Well, in the first place iPadOS took a lot of design elements from macOS, so the influence isn’t exactly one-way.

Under the hood though, macOS 11 definitely does not have the kind of complete overhaul like it did when it went from Mac OS 9 to the Unix-based, originally OpenStep Mac OS X. It really is macOS 10.16, like what was indicated in the Xcode and macOS betas that were released after the WWDC keynote earlier today. “macOS 11” is basically a very recent Marketing decision, one recent enough that they did not have time to make changes to the betas to reflect the difference. 

The big news, of course, was the announcement that Macs will be transitioning to “Apple Silicon” and that the first Apple Silicon Macs will be out later this year. (Apple was never going to use the term “ARM”, come on. Previously I coined the term “Apple Processors”, but “Silicon” definitely sounds cooler.)

The transition was almost exactly like the one in 2005, right down to having Rosetta 2 as a translator for legacy apps that are abandoned (or for the folks who refused to pay full price or a expensive subscription just to use the new Safari extension that comes with 1Password 7). 

And while Tim Cook mentioned that there are still Intel Macs coming down the pipeline soon, and that Apple will continue to support them for years to come, based on experience by end 2006 (one and a half years after they announced the transition) nobody gave a damn about PowerPC Macs anymore (except for the collectors).

Speaking about collectors and collecting, I know for a fact that I will really love to have a Mac Mini G4 or even a G4 Cube today, so this might be a good time to actually buy one of the last Intel Macs and keep it for years to come, either as a compatibility machine or even as a piece of Apple history. Maybe a Mac Mini is in order, for I have wanted one of those for decades already. 

And did I mention previously that I can’t wait for the 12” MacBook to come back in Apple Silicon form? 

2021 can’t come soon enough. For many many reasons. 

PS Both purchases are pipe dreams, COVID-19 has not been kind to my financial health.

On the switch to Apple Processors during WWDC2020

I bought my first Mac in 2004.

It is a 12” iBook, the last model to be assembled in Taiwan, just before production is moved to Mainland China. As most will know eventually, the PowerPC Mac laptops were somewhat slow, stuck at G4 processors because IBM can’t make power efficient G5 processors that won’t burn the skin off anyone’s legs if a G5 processor was ever used in a Mac laptop. 

The Intel switch was announced in 2005, with the first MacBook Pro released around Jan 2006, and the first MacBooks around April 2006 if I remembered correctly. I was quite involved in the educational sales of Macs in some of the major tertiary institutions in Singapore, and to an extent, the aftersales support in one of these institutions for a few years.

A major thing during the first year was the old Mac people commenting on how stupid the term “MacBook” sounded, after years of PowerBooks and iBooks. Seriously today MacBooks are how the common non-Mac users define a Mac laptop, and in hindsight it was a great name, just like many of Steve Jobs’ other ideas. “We are done with Power”, he said during the MacBook Pro reveal.

Today I doubt we will see a change of product names though, when the Macs with the Apple processors are eventually unveiled next year.

One big issue the early MacBooks had were that the first Core Duo/Solo CPUs ran really hot, and with Apple’s legendary cheapskate-ness of putting enough ram in their laptops a lot of these early MacBooks were slower, hot, and did not seemed to be that much faster than the G4s they replaced. More RAM (we did a institution-wide program for upgrading RAM) and the Core 2 Duos eventually solved the problems.

Will next year’s A14 MacBooks be as problematic as the first MacBooks? I wonder. Apple has a track record of having problematic first generation machines (first intel logic boarded unibody MacBooks, first Retina MBP, first TB3 MacBook Pros, amongst others) though the first 2nd-gen MacBook Air, and the first Retina iMacs were absolutely perfect. 

A huge factor in the problematic first MacBooks were that the Core processors from Intel were relatively new, coming from the Pentium M design that a small team in Israel made, and Apple probably had at most a year of work with the Core processors before implementing them in the MacBooks, like every other Intel customer.

Apple has more than 10 years of experience working with the Apple A-series processors, and more than 10 years of experience putting them in machines that are way way way smaller than even the smallest Mac — the 12” MacBook. Heat, stability and performance won’t be an issue in the upcoming early Macs for sure – and with the rumored first machine being my favuorite 12” MacBook design, I will sure be saving up for one.

Monday can’t come soon enough.

If one (or both) of your AirPods Pro is constantly failing the eartip test recently despite having no issues when you first purchased them…

Take a bit of blu tack.

Press it against the vent that faces your ear when inserted (the black strip that’s beside the eartips), remove it.

Chances are that you will now pass the ear tip test.

Failing the eartip test will cause the ANC to stop working reliably, so it is necessary to be able to pass the ear tip test for the best listening experience..

Benq PD3220U Monitor Review: Expensive, but Good Looking 4K Alternative to the Pro Display XDR

PD3220U with Macbook

I was recently contacted about reviewing Benq’s 32 inch monitor the PD3220U which they are marketing towards Mac users and I thought, why not? It is not everyday a manufacturer agrees to loan you a brand new product for over a month to have you write a review when you only write about Apple stuff.

Disclaimer: Benq only loan me the monitor, they have provided me with neither free stuff nor money to write this review. In fact, after mentioning that I was done (and getting me to add the part about the m-book mode as well as do SEO stuff), they wanted the monitor back asap and stopped corresponding the minute their deliveryman took the monitor away. *Edit: I was contacted again on 4th Feb 2020 (one or two days after I made edits to the original article after doing more research on Benq’s line up), and they have informed me that the PD3200U has suddenly seen a price jump from $1099 to $1199.

My main Mac has been an 5k iMac for the last few years, and before that, the 2007 Aluminium 24 inch iMac. With the 24 inch I had a dual monitor setup, with various monitors from a 17 inch LG to eventually a 27 inch random Korean-made no brand monitor (that was using the 27 inch iMac LG panel) with the expensive Mini Displayport to Dual-Link DVI adapter.

After buying the 5K i decided that non-retina third party monitors are not going to cut it (4K monitors during this time were still far and few, and cost a whole lot of money), so I went single screen in late 2014. But 2014 was a long time ago.

Today when you first think about external monitors for the Mac, there is the Apple-approved LG Ultrafine 5K (and also the 4K, which nobody really wants), and then there is the overkill 6K (both in resolution and in USD pricing LOL) Apple Pro Display XDR announced together with the Mac Pro months ago. Both have their pros and cons, although with the LG its reported issues when the monitor first debuted in 2016 put some Mac users off buying it (even though the second revision is reported to have fixed most, if not all of the problems).

Seriously speaking most Mac users are not going to buy first party monitors from Apple, because they are usually on the expensive side, and offer very little options for people who want to use the monitors for purposes other than just with their Macs. For example, in the past many video production houses used to buy Mac Pro towers and pair them with Dell monitors (these days it seems to be mostly a mixture of iMac Pros and iMacs) instead of buying the more expensive Apple Cinema Displays.

PD3220U Accessories

Everything else that came in the box

Back to the Benq. I took possession of the monitor in early December, so by now I have about a month’s time with it, and well, I do quite like it. Like anything else, it has its share of pros and cons, so I thought I will go over those here rather than doing some kind of overview writeup about the monitor which by now the internets are full of.

PD3220U base

The sturdy and heavy base supporting the (pretty) heavy monitor

First thing first.

According to Benq, some of the monitor’s product features are;

-Mac Compatibility
Thunderbolt 3 ports are for the Mac user. It provides compatibility for Mac users and allows for both audio and video transmission. A Thunderbolt 3 cable is included in the box for users to connect the computer to the

-Color Precision
Work smoothly in the 95% P3, Display P3 and 100% sRGB/Rec. 709 color space from any viewing angle. High Resolution 4K resolution offers extraordinary clarity of fine details and textures for an optimal viewing and visual-intensive work experience.

-Hotkey Puck G2
The upgraded hotkey puck G2 provides the user with a convenient way to customize shortcuts to their preferred features on the OSD. With 3 single function keys as well as a rotation key, the user can designate them to three most frequently used features at work. The dial facilitates the designer to quickly go through the OSD menu and set up their preferred brightness, contrast and volume of the monitor. The hotkey puck G2 is itself a hot key which increases the designer’s work efficiency and productivity with preferred settings in one gadget.

-KVM Switch
The newly upgraded KVM is designed for the user to control 2 PCs of two different operating systems (Mac or
Windows systems) with only one set of keyboard and mouse by simple switch. With BenQ’s new KVM design,
the user is also able to switch USB and video signal simultaneously. This is to add the level of efficiency and

-HDR 10
This monitor can support HDR10 (ST2084) which allows users to preview the HDR video. HDR mode will be
activated automatically when HDR video content is detected. (It must be HDR content and with compatible
devices such as HDR logo on PS4 /Xbox /Youtube /Netflix /TVbox/Windows10 RS3…)

-Animation Mode
-Darkroom Mode
-DualView Mode,
blah blah blah

…among others.

The PD3220U is first of all a Thunderbolt 3 monitor, which basically grants it compatibility with the majority of Macs that were released in the last two or three years. I have tried and successfully connected my 12-inch MacBook, my iPad Pro 2018, as well as my Surface Go to the PD3220U. The TB3 connection also supports USB-PD which outputs up to 85 watts of power through the TB3 ports, enabling even the 15-inch MacBook Pros to be charged when connected (however the new 16-inch MacBook Pros do require more than the 85 watts that this monitor can output). Unfortunately my main machine the 2014 5K iMac came with Thunderbolt 2, and it will not be possible to run it through the TB3 input. Which brings me to the first point.

My Setup with the PD3220U

My current main setup with the Benq PD3220U

1. The PD3220U is NOT JUST a Thunderbolt 3 monitor

It is also a DisplayPort and HDMI monitor, and comes with the respective cables. No adapter was needed to use the monitor with my 5K iMac, the Displayport to MiniDisplayPort cable that came with the monitor was all I need to get it set up in a couple of minutes. I also set up the HDMI port to my PS4 Pro so I can game on the monitor while working on my iMac without having to turn on a TV. The 31.5 inch screen is as big as the other TVs in my house, and the colors are way better. Having one monitor for a variety of needs is a very basic feature of modern monitors, but this is one feature you definitely cannot find on the LG 5K Ultrafine and the Apple Pro Display XDR. Pro tip: Benq has a non-TB3 monitor for half the price with almost the same specs (minus the good looks), the PD3200U.

iPad Pro Setup

Works with the iPad Pro right out of the box without adapters

2. The viewing angles and colors on the monitor are great, and it supports HDR 10.

Benq says it supports 95% of the DCI-P3 color space, which means it is not 100%. Most people with the exception of a couple of video editors will not need 100% P3 color space support, and these people will probably do better to buy the LG 5K Ultrafine anyway.

The monitor ships with a whole lot of color modes for professional use, including;

-Display P3
-Adobe RGB
-Low Blue Light

Many of these color profiles can be found on Macs as well, while some of the standouts (found on many other Benq monitors) are the CAD/CAM mode, which Benq says “offers superior image contrast, allowing for lines and shapes of technical illustrations to stand out. Incredible display performance is best paired with Pro/E, SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, CATIA and other CAD/CAM software solutions” or the Darkroom mode which “creates the optimal setting for work in darkened post-processing environments” by “adjusting image brightness and contrast for superb clarity and detail sharpness”. Low Blue Light offers four separate settings to reduce blue light (which in turns reduce the strain on your eyes) when you are using the monitor at night, something that is similar but nowhere as smart as Apple’s Night Shift. HDR10 is simply good for gaming and netflix. These days you won’t catch me buying a monitor or TV without HDR support.

Out of these, there is a M-book mode which Benq advertises to be almost indistinguishable to the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air’s default P3 color profile, and when testing with both my 12-inch MacBook (which as well as my 2018 iPad Pro, the colors on the PD3220U are pretty similar to those on the MacBook and the iPad Pro, which is likely very useful for those who are running on a single laptop with monitor dual display setup. Even when I am using the monitor with the 5K iMac, M-book mode is the color profile I like to use the most, especially for viewing media and photos, and checking my video export from iMovie. (note: I added in this paragraph at the strong request of Benq, because despite the 12-inch MacBook not having the Pro’s full P3 color gamut support, to Benq the m-book mode is their standout feature of this monitor, and they have to have it in the review. To be perfectly clear the PD3220U with a matte display in m-book mode is pretty similar to the 12 inch MacBook’s color, but the glossy Ultrafine 5Ks that Apple have in their stores looked closer to the colors of all the Macs on display.)

Surface Go

And of course it works with Windows, like with the Surface Go, without any adapters

3. The balance between screen size, resolution and price is perfect

While using the 4K PD3220U with my 5K iMac will mean that fonts and photos won’t look as sharp as they will on my iMac, they are relatively sharp enough and looks better than any non-retina monitor. Furthermore, macOS does the heavy lifting of rendering output at 2X retina resolutions before downscaling on the fly to the PD3220U, making the display look as close as it can to a true retina 2X display (a technique that debuted in the iPhone 6 Plus, which then made its way onto Macs in 2015 in the first generation 12 inch MacBook). By the way, to make elements on the PD3220U the same size as those on the 5K iMac, you should select “looks like 3008 X 1692”. However, it is pretty obvious that text are not as sharp as they look on any retina 5K iMac. 4K is not 5K, and for a 32 inch display you need 6K to achieve the same PPI as that of the 5K iMac.

After years on small 27 inch screens, the 32 inch screen of the PD3220U provides relief and extra desktop space to handle everything from complex Spaces arrangements to multiple spreadsheets open at the same time.

Now you may argue that native 2X retina elements on the LG 5K or the Apple Pro Display XDR is a better solution than something scaled up then down for 4K screens, but 27 inch screens (of the LG 5K) are simply too small for me, and I am not going to pay 6000USD for the Pro Display XDR. In fact, I am seriously considering a close to base Mac Pro with 2 to 3 of the Benq PD3220U monitors as my next setup after I eventually retire the 5K iMac. Which brings me to my next point…

Slim bezels of the PD3220U

The slim bezels of the PD3220U

4. The look of the PD3220U is absolutely gorgeous.

Especially from the front.

Most, if not all monitors these days, even the Apple approved LG 5K, have their brand logo somewhere on the front bezel of their monitors, which effectively destroys any hope of a clean setup that does not invoke any non-Apple branding.

Not the Benq.

The all-black bezels are extremely small, even when compared to the LG 5K and the Apple Pro Display XDR, and nowhere on the front can I find a Benq logo. Its clean lines and slate-grey look also invokes the Space Grey look that Apple took on for its pro machines, making the PD3220U feel at home in any Apple desk setup, more than the LG 5K ever will. I can probably buy 2 of the PD3220Us and be left with a bunch of cash as compared to buying 1 Apple Pro Display XDR and therefore for anyone looking to buy a base Mac Pro instead of a iMac because they prefer a tower, the PD3220U is probably a better choice of display than the Pro Display XDR if they are not willing to spend 6000USD and insist on 32 inch displays. (Though honestly speaking the Ultrafine 5Ks are better if you can live with the 27 inch screens). If there is something to nitpick, it will be the white indicator light on the right bottom color of the bezel that is on by default. However, it can be turned off in the settings, under System>Advanced>OSD Brightness> Setting 1.

5. The Hotkey Puck G2

This thing is actually pretty useful. You can switch color profiles on the fly with the buttons, and the knob is especially good when you want to control the brightness of the monitor, since the brightness keys on any Apple keyboard will only control the main display (of the iMac)’s brightness. the buttons can be used to control the on screen display menus, change input modes, and switch to 1 of 3 configured color modes on the fly. I have Display P3 (Apple’s default color space), M-Book mode (my preferred color mode of choice,), and HDR set to the 3 buttons on the Puck as I use these the most.

Overall, the PD3320U is a fine piece of display engineering and having it for a month makes me realize I probably cannot live without a 31.5 inch secondary monitor in my desktop setup anymore. It is a decent recommendation for anyone wanting a good monitor for their Mac setup but don’t want the LG 5K and can’t afford the Pro Display XDR.

I would have loved to review this with a thunderbolt 3 Mac, but my first generation 5K iMac is still running fine, and I missed out on getting a Mac Mini when they came out in 2018, foolishly believing that there’s a chance of a refresh in 2019 (they didn’t).

To sum things up;

1. Lots of input choices, not just TB3
2. Great colors and HDR10 support
3. Balance between resolution, screen size and price is good
4. Exterior looks gorgeous
5. Hotkey Puck is a nifty accessory

1. 4K instead of 5K
2. White indicator light on bezel can be annoying as it is turned on by default, but can be disabled in settings.
3. High price difference (PD3220U at $1999 vs PD3200U at $1099*$1199 since 4th Feb 2020) from their non-thunderbolt 3, much more boring looking model PD3200U offering almost the same specs. It is also slightly more expensive than the LG Ultrafine 5K display which is at $1879.

Find out more about the PD3220U.
Purchase the PD3220U at the Benq Brand Store.

*Edit: This post was edited from an earlier version of the write-up due to my further research on Benq’s lineup, after receiving some feedback after the initial post was published.

*Edit 2: Benq contacted me on the 4th Feb 2020 to let me know that they have just increased the price of the PD3200U by another hundred dollars.


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