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Taylor Swift breaks her silence on Eras Tour Ticketmaster fiasco

2023-03-19 06:17:17

Taylor Swift breaks her silence on Eras Tour Ticketmaster fiasco

Taylor Swift wants Ticketmaster to acknowledge it's the problem.

Taylor Swift breaks her silence on Eras Tour Ticketmaster fiasco(图1)

The Midnights singer has shared a statement addressing Ticketmaster's fumble of the sale of tickets to her Eras Tour saying in an Instagram story(Opens in a new tab), "we asked them multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they would."

For those who haven't been keeping up with the saga, Ticketmaster canceled the public sale of tickets to Swift's tour yesterday after postponing the Capital One cardholder presale by a day and being unequipped to deal with the volume of fans trying to access the Verified Fan presale this past Monday. The Ticketmaster website crashed ahead of that Verified Fan presale, causing fans to be stuck in hours-long queues with some receiving an error message when they finally reached the front of the line.

The Eras Tour is Swift's first tour since Reputation and, in the five years since, she's released four albums and re-released two fan favorite albums.

SEE ALSO: For fans, Ticketmaster is misery business

“Well. It goes without saying that I’m extremely protective of my fans. We’ve been doing this for decades together and over the years, I’ve brought so many elements of my career in house. I’ve done this SPECIFICALLY to improve the quality of my fans’ experience by doing it myself with my team who care as much about my fans as I do,” Swift wrote. “It’s really difficult for me to trust an outside entity with these relationships and loyalties, and excruciating for me to just watch mistakes happen with no recourse."

She went on to write: "It's truly amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it really pisses me off that a lot of them felt like they had to go through several bear attacks to get them."

Ticketmaster needs to watch out because there's nothing Swift does better than revenge(Opens in a new tab).

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    Over the past few weeks, an intrepid reporter by the name of Kacey "Lego" Montagu has been able to ask White House press secretary Jen Psaki a number of questions without even being present.


    White House reporters have been fielding questions from press who cannot physically be in the room due to coronavirus protocols. Through this, Montagu has been able to ask questions passed on by other reporters regarding ambassadorships, COVID-19 travel bans, and Biden's response to a hack at Microsoft.

    One interesting note, however: Montagu isn't a reporter. In fact, it's likely "Kacey Montagu" doesn't exist at all. The revelation that a fake persona posing as a White House reporter has been passing questions to the Biden administration was uncovered in a new report from Politico(Opens in a new tab). It's unclear who is behind "Montagu."

    What is known about the mysterious fake reporter is that they're active in the online game Roblox, which is where the nickname "Lego" likely comes from: Players refer to each other as "Legos" in the game.

    Politico reviewed conversations between Montagu and U.S. officials and journalists where Montagu refers to themself as an "18-year-old law student from the United Kingdom" and claimed "they were studying political science."

    One interesting thing about the individual posing as Montagu is that their questions were all relevant and appeared to be asked in good faith. This isn't trolling to attack a politician or party for political reasons. It's not (apparently) "for the lulz" pranking either.

    On Twitter, Montagu's account(Opens in a new tab) has become a little silly, basically sharing out all the things they've been called by various media outlets reporting on the story. But they also ran two Twitter accounts that shared real information: @WHschedule and @WHpoolreport, which posted the daily schedules released by the White House and journalists' pool reports. (Pool reports are basically daily real-time reports about what the President, First Lady, and Vice President are doing).

    So, while this is certainly an interesting what Montagu did so bad?

    "I love journalism, and I think the Press Corps is doing a pretty bad job at the moment," said Montagu in a statement to Politico. "So, I decided I would ensure some transparency and ask some questions me and some friends wanted the answer to."

    SEE ALSO: What Biden's budget means for NASA and its mission to the moon

    At a time when people's faith in America's institutions(Opens in a new tab) are at all-time lows, why shouldn't regular ordinary citizens have some sort of access to ask questions that matter to them? What is the point of the daily press briefings from the White House if journalists are going to ask questions that simply don't matter to the majority of the public?

    Sure, obviously we can't let just anyone physically walk into a White House press briefing for various security reasons, especially if they'd like to remain anonymous. But why are White House reporters only fielding outsiders' questions due to COVID-19? And why are they only taking them from other journalists? In this day and age, the media and our government should be way more accessible to the people.

    For all its issues, online platforms have shown people that they have power to make change. One doesn't need a legacy media organization behind them to research topics or investigate issues. Smartphones, social media, the internet, so many tools are in everyone's hands that anyone can be a citizen journalist.

    Even a Lego from Roblox.

    Related Video: How to know if you violated the First Amendment

  • Heres some Met Gala Gilded Glamor fashion. Also, America is imploding.

    Heres some Met Gala Gilded Glamor fashion. Also, America is imploding.

    Well, the 2022 Met Gala happened. Other things happened too(Opens in a new tab), but for now let's distract ourselves with flamboyant pageantry before we plunge back into the brokenness of American society.


    This year's Met Gala theme was Gilded Glamor and White Tie, referring to the United States' Gilded Age. Stretching from around 1870 to 1900, the Gilded Age was a time of rapid economic growth, industrialization, and extravagant displays of wealth(Opens in a new tab) — as well as increasing wealth inequality and rampant poverty. Though the Met Gala theme was intended to follow the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition In America: An Anthology of Fashion, some have pointed out that it's also rather fitting for the America of today(Opens in a new tab).

    Setting aside uncomfortable mirrors to society, you'd think Gilded Glamor would be a pretty simple theme to follow. Yet, as has become Met Gala tradition, the internet judged many of this years' designers and attendees not quite extravagant enough for the occasion. Among the disappointing outfits were Hoyeon Jung's cutout mini by Louis Vuitton, Emma Stone's white feathered dress by Louis Vuitton, and Phoebe Dynevor's transparent black gown by Louis Vuitton.

    We're sensing a theme here, and it isn't Gilded Glamor.

    Riz Ahmed was also understated by Met Gala standards, showing up in a navy blue Prada jacket. However, the actor gets a special pass because not only did Ahmed nail the theme, he put his own creative, socially-conscious spin on it with an outfit inspired by the Gilded Age's working class immigrants.

    It's proof that you can still fit a Met Gala theme even if you aren't ready to spend the evening bedazzled up to your eyeballs.

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    That isn't to say there weren't some spectacular outfits. Dove Cameron made her Met Gala debut in a Iris van Herpen dress that Twitter users likened to the boning in a Victorian dress(Opens in a new tab), while Cardi B dripped in gold chains from Versace. Met Gala co-chair Blake Lively also stole the show with a transforming Versace gown, her sweeping turquoise and copper skirt reminiscent of rust on the Statue of Liberty.

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    Another outfit that caught people's eyes was Fredrik Robertsson's silver Iris van Herpen jumpsuit, which looked as though it had a bunch of fish bones stuck to it. It was certainly ostentatious enough for a Met Gala, though this effort was largely overshadowed by people mistaking him for Jared Leto(Opens in a new tab). Leto later turned up in a Gucci suit, dressed and styled identically to the designer's creative director Alessandro Michele.

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    Of course, the dress code wasn't mandatory for those working at the Met Gala rather than walking it — but that didn't stop some from making the most of the occasion. Telemundo reporter Genesis Camilas(Opens in a new tab) showed up more than one star in a dazzling gold dress(Opens in a new tab) by Lucia Rodriguez(Opens in a new tab), which had many people asking who she was(Opens in a new tab).

    Meanwhile, Vail the golden retriever kept it classically stylish, sporting a simple black lead as she carried out her duty of ensuring the event's safety.

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    However, the prize for most on-the-nose delivery of Met Gala's Gilded Glamor theme went to a surprise entry: The U.S. Supreme Court. While various celebrities were showcasing designer clothes on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Politico reported that the Supreme Court may strike down Roe v. Wade(Opens in a new tab), according to a leaked draft majority opinion.

    Roe v. Wade was a landmark Supreme Court decision made in 1973, and it currently protects the right to get an abortion. If struck down, it will have severe implications for the future of reproductive healthcare and abortion access in the U.S.

    Unsurprisingly, seeing celebrities flaunt their wealth while ordinary people's rights are being jeopardized put a much more dystopian lens on this year's Met Gala.

  • Twitter asks: Is Starbucks food actually good?


    Twitter asks: Is Starbucks food actually good?

    Wikipedia, cold weather, and Starbucks food: All things addressed this week on Twitter.

    How about that? Weird but good, I'd say.

    Per usual, we went ahead and collected the best and funniest tweets of the week. Why? Because we can, and because we do it every week. And this week was especially good for tweets! So we've got that going for us.

    So, anyway, here they are, the 10 best and funniest tweets of the week.

    1. Bill was a whole dang mood or...whatever it is the kids are saying these days. I don't know.

    2. Bro, when you got outside and it's cold...that's when you know it's cold but like actually cold.

    3. This is literally all I do on Wikipedia.

    4. My soul would thrive in an empty Dogfish Head beer bottle.

    5. This is the most wonderful dad joke I've ever seen.

    6. This is a very good point.

    7. A Prius should not look cool. And yet!

    8. The spiritual idea of a Cheesecake Factory.

    9. This would've been a fantastic bit.

    10. And finally, the thing about Starbucks food is that it's real food, but it's like not real food and it's not like...good, but it's also not like...bad.

  • Todays top deals include a bevy of Amazon devices, Crockpots, a ChomChom pet hair remover, and more

    Todays top deals include a bevy of Amazon devices, Crockpots, a ChomChom pet hair remover, and more

    Here are the best deals of the day for Oct 3:


    • BEST AMAZON DEVICE DEAL: 2021 Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Essentials Bundle(Opens in a new tab)$171.97 $259.98 (save $88 as a Prime member)

    • BEST STREAMING DEAL: Fire TV Cube (2nd gen)(Opens in a new tab)$59.99 $119.99 (save $60)

    • BEST KITCHEN DEAL: Crockpot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker(Opens in a new tab)$29.99 $49.99 (save $20)

    With Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale officially going live next week, the Amazon device savings are already ramping up as of Oct. 3. We're seeing the biggest price drops on Kindles, Fire TV devices, Fire tablets, Halo trackers, and product bundles. Many long-standing streaming deals have come to an end, but keep an eye out for new ones in the coming days. Other deals are minimal, but if you're looking for kitchen essentials, a pet hair remover, or a smartwatch, you're in luck.

    Here are the best deals you can shop on Oct. 3, seamlessly sorted for your shopping convenience.

    Best Amazon device deal

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    Rekindle your interest in reading with the elegant 2021 edition of the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition(Opens in a new tab). A nearly perfect device for those who'd like to read more, as Mashable's tech reporter Alex Perry noted in his review, the Signature Edition Paperwhite features a bigger 6.8-inch display, weeks-long battery life, a flawless form factor fit for one-handed readers, wireless charging, auto-adjusting front light, and 32GB of storage (opposed to 8GB). Pricing is the biggest concern with this particular model, but with this Prime members-only deal, you can score the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition without ads, as well as a wireless charging dock and Amazon leather cover for less than the device typically costs on its own.

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    Why we like it

    With the new Amazon Fire TV Cube (3rd gen) set to debut on Oct. 25, it comes as no surprise that the 2nd gen device is on sale for 50% of(Opens in a new tab)f — but it's welcome news, nonetheless. The new release is expected to perform 20 percent faster, offer an industry-first HDMI input port, and feature a 4K upscaling feature, but if these features aren't super important to your viewing experience, you can save $80 by snagging this deal on the previous generation.

    Best kitchen deal

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    A classic home essential, the original Crockpot Manual Slow Cooker(Opens in a new tab) is the ultimate helper in the kitchen. With a seven-quart capacity, you can throw in all of your ingredients and let it do its thing. In four to 12 hours (depending on temperature), it will have your meal ready to serve nine plus people. While $29.99 isn't the lowest price it's ever been, it does match the lowest price we've seen in over a year. Save 40% on the must-have kitchen device.

    More Amazon device deals

    • Amazon Glow 19" Interactive Projector and 8" Video Calling Display(Opens in a new tab)  — $149.99 $329.98 (save $179.99)

    • Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with 2-Pack GE CYNC Smart LED Color Bulb(Opens in a new tab)$17.99 $63.98 (save $45.99 as a Prime member)

    • 2021 Fire HD 10 Tablet (32GB, ad-supported)(Opens in a new tab)$74.99 $149.99 (save $75)

    • 2022 Fire 7 Tablet (16GB, ad-supported) (Opens in a new tab)$44.99 $59.99 (save $15)

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    • 2020 Fire HD 8 Tablet (32GB, ad-supported)(Opens in a new tab)$44.99 $89.99 (save $45)

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    • Kindle E-readers(Opens in a new tab)starting at $99.99 (save up to 31%)

    • Amazon Halo Devices(Opens in a new tab)starting at $39.99 (save up to 44%)

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    • One year of Grubhub+(Opens in a new tab)free for Prime members $119.88 (save $119.88)

    • Four months of Amazon Music Unlimited(Opens in a new tab)free $8.99 (save $36)

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  • The lonely state of getting over someone you never dated

    The lonely state of getting over someone you never dated

    You know you've got it bad when you start crying in public.


    It happened on the District Line as I made my way home, weary and emotionally bruised. Many moons ago, in pre-pandemic times, I boarded the train and sat in the end carriage on purpose, so I could have my emotional breakdown around fewer people. I tried to hide the tears as soon as they coursed down my cheeks, but I couldn't conceal the sharp intakes of breath that come when you're trying so hard not to weep audibly. My chin was doing that ugly uncontrollable wobble that happens when you're having a massive sobbing session.

    Women sitting in the same carriage as me shot furtive, concerned glances my way. I wanted to tell them, "Don't worry, nothing terrible has happened, not really. I'm just crying over a man I never even dated." That last detail — the fact I couldn't even call this man my ex-boyfriend — made me feel I didn't have the right to feel heartbreak.

    It was a lonely time. A time where I felt I couldn't really talk about what had happened, a time where I felt I needed to apologise every instance I brought up my pain and the thoughts that paced back and forth through my mind. "Sorry to keep going on about this," was the caveat that preceded all statements concerning the heartbreak I deemed invalid.

    During a habitual pre-bedtime scroll through TikTok, I stumbled across a glut(Opens in a new tab) of(Opens in a new tab) videos(Opens in a new tab) that put into words the lonely state of getting over someone you never dated. I hit the heart so fast. Finally! A TikTok trend that speaks to my soul! But watching these videos made me wonder why we don't talk about this type of heartache more.

    As an anxiously attached(Opens in a new tab), highly sensitive person(Opens in a new tab) with a tendency to fall too hard, too soon, I've gone down the heartbreak-over-someone-I-never-dated road more times than I can remember. Whether it's a situationship, an intense fling, a friends with benefitship, or an unrequited crush, each occasion is accompanied by a low-level feeling of stupidity, a kind of "I can't believe I'm back here again" as if I should have learned my lesson by now. Perhaps I should have. But as I'm learning through therapy, there are some aspects of this situation that are due to my typology as a highly sensitive person, and INFJ-T personality type(Opens in a new tab), that are beyond my control.

    In the run up to my 30th birthday, I found myself embroiled in a very confusing talking stage with a guy. We'd been emailing back and forth (very You've Got Mail of us, tbh) and eventually we started messaging over Instagram. While chatting to this person, and spending time with them IRL, I started to like the guy and wonder where things were headed. It eventually became clear that this talking stage would be where things were going to stay. Or rather, that's where things ended.

    I felt rejected, and began questioning my self-worth, and wondering what I needed to change about myself in order to be deemed lovable. Not only that, I felt naive and angry at myself for allowing myself to feel something without even so much as kissing the guy. I wondered how I could have possibly misread this situation so badly – had I read too much into the emails and messages? A few years later, and with a much better relationship with my self-worth, I know my feelings were real and valid. I'm not a mindreader and I can't speak to the other person's motivations for behaving in that way, but I know it has nothing to do with me.

    SEE ALSO: I haven't had a boyfriend for a decade. Here's what I've learned.

    As someone who's not had a long-term relationship for over a decade, my status as a perennial singleton who's actively dating doesn't mean I've been spared heartbreak during that time. Far from it. I know from my experience, and from that of my friends, that you can feel tremendous heartbreak, pain, and grief from any kind of relationship — be it in the very early stages of dating someone, the talking stage, or after sleeping with someone a couple of times. Just because you can't call them your boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, whatever, doesn't mean you don't have the right to feel sorrow and heartache over something ending. Your feelings are valid no matter the duration of that connection.

    Match(Opens in a new tab)’s dating expert, Hayley Quinn, says short romances and flings are easy to invalidate, but grieving over situationships is becoming increasingly common. "Modern dating often means that commitment takes time to form, and it’s often found that by the time you have 'the conversation' about what you are, you're already attached — even if someone doesn't want the same level of relationship as you do," says Quinn. If you're in a situationship that suddenly ends, just remember that time will heal. "Even if you don't understand their reasons, and never get closure, the fact that they're no longer present in your life is telling enough about what they can offer you," she says. "Remember, you will grow out of believing this person is the only one for you, and there will be many other people who can give you the same level of connection as they did, whilst bringing more to the relationship, matching your wants and needs too."

    Rachael Lloyd, relationship expert at eharmony(Opens in a new tab), says the amount of time spent together and the type of relationship are immaterial if you've caught feelings for someone that aren't reciprocated. "All too often we are presented with the narrative that ‘breakup blues’ are only valid if you’ve been with a partner for years, experienced significant milestones or if the relationship ended badly," says Lloyd.

    "In my view, that’s nonsense. What about the guy you never heard from after two amazing dates? The girl who ghosted you despite the great sex, the funny back and forth online that suddenly becomes one sided. All still sting." Lloyd says it's important to acknowledge and sit with those emotions in order to get over such knock-backs. "It’s not silly to be sad about something that hurt you and dismissing these experiences could lead to you becoming more emotionally unavailable later down the line," says Lloyd. "As with any breakup — focus on self-care, look to your friends for support and go easy on yourself."

    Recently I found myself saying the words "I hate myself for feeling this way" to my therapist. She stopped me in my tracks and told me, "What we resist persists." How can you move on from a feeling if you're fighting its very existence? With time, you'll feel differently. But just know, your feelings are valid and you have every right to feel sad.

    Read more from Love App-tually:

    • Just a Jim looking for his Pam: Fictional couples dominate dating apps

    • Ghost Exorcism Day: How to move on after you've been ghosted

    • Fine break up with me, but let me keep Instagramming your dog

  • Dr. Pepper got the worst kind of product placement in Jan. 6 hearing

    Dr. Pepper got the worst kind of product placement in Jan. 6 hearing

    The star of the latest Jan. 6 committee hearings wasn't a Trump confidante, nor was it a right-wing internet personality. Nope. It was…a can of Dr. Pepper?


    That's right. Dr. Pepper, the soda, went viral on Twitter on Tuesday during the latest hearing from the House Committee. The hearings have featured evidence and testimony looking into the roles Donald Trump, his administration, and others played in the riot that occurred when the former president's supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results last year.

    So, where does Dr. Pepper fit in here?

    During the hearing, a recorded video testimony from Sidney Powell, a conspiracy theorist and Trump's former lawyer, was aired. Powell is probably best known for comments she made after Biden won the election, claiming she would "release the Kraken"(Opens in a new tab) and prove that Trump actually won by a landslide. While Powell is talking during her testimony, she holds a can of Diet Dr. Pepper directly at camera-level, readying for a gulp the moment she finishes her thought. 

    SEE ALSO: Trump freaked out during the last Jan. 6 hearing. Here's why.

    The image of Powell holding the soda, almost as if it were purposeful product placement or a TV commercial, complete with the Dr. Pepper brand logo perfectly facing the camera lens, quickly became the butt of jokes on Twitter.

    Nowadays, brands are likely to take advantage of becoming completely random memes thanks to social media. However, it's doubtful that Dr. Pepper could have prepared for anything like this.

    Dr. Pepper has yet to comment on becoming the talk of the latest Jan. 6 hearing. Odd. One would think a brand would leap to leverage this viral moment!

    Come to think of it…where was Dr. Pepper on Jan. 6, 2021? Looks like someone has some explaining to do.

  • The window to e-file is now open. Save 25% on H&R Block’s online tax solutions.

    The window to e-file is now open. Save 25% on H&R Block’s online tax solutions.

    Surely, we won’t go as far as to say doing your own taxes is fun, but we will quietly suggest it’s not nearly as scary or panic attack-y as you think. If you have a pretty straightforward tax situation, like being a student or a W-2 employee, H&R Block’s free version may be all you need. 


    However, if you have a few more things going on, such as side hustles, investments, or kiddos, H&R Block’s online tax solutions are fast, easy, and accurate. You can use these tax-filing tools on your own or with the help of their deduction-savvy experts.

    Keep in mind though, this year you’ll be needing to get your return done by April 18 in most states (those bittersweet days of the IRS playing it a bit loose with deadlines are now over) and e-filing started on January 24.

    On the bright side, H&R Block is offering an exclusive 25% off discount(Opens in a new tab) until April 18. For tax season 2022, here are some scenarios which may apply to you and how to handle them. 

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  • China could punish people for liking social media posts


    China could punish people for liking social media posts

    China is continuing to crack down on internet use against its citizens amid massive protests that have been sweeping the nation.

    The Cyberspace Administration of China published a new set of guidelines, going into effect on Dec. 15, that would make internet users in China liable for simply liking posts that the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission chaired by leader Xi Jinping deem illegal or harmful, according to CNN(Opens in a new tab).

    SEE ALSO: Protests erupt at Foxconn's iPhone factory in China over working conditions, pay

    This comes as street protests erupted in cities across the nation over the weekend against the "dynamic zero COVID" policy. The anti-COVID measure include strict lockdowns imposed by local authorities, mass testing, forced isolation and quarantines, closing businesses, shops, and schools, and maintaining lockdowns until there are no new infections reported, according to the BBC(Opens in a new tab). Tens of millions of people are living under some kind of lockdown, and some workers have been forced to sleep inside factories so they can continue to work while being quarantined.

    A social media post that was forwarded widely quoted former Chinese leader Xi Zhongxun, the late father of Chinese President Xi Jinping, as saying "the people should be allowed to speak and encouraged to care about state affairs," NPR reported(Opens in a new tab). The country has two options, according to the news outlet: dropping the policies altogether and triggering an increase of COVID cases, or to double down on their zero-COVID policies, escalating lockdowns and political repression.

    As a result of the zero-COVID policies, China has been stepping up internet regulation because of the online public anger against the policies. According to The New York Times(Opens in a new tab), users "are also flipping videos on their side, using filters on them, or recording videos of videos" in order to evade algorithms made to flag content and take it down.

    The new guidelines are similar to guidelines published in 2017, but these now regulate "likes" of public posts and other types of comments. It's making people fearful that the nation might begin to crack down on social media even more than it has in the past. 

    "The authorities are very concerned with the spreading protest activities, and an important means of control is to stop the communications of the potential protesters including reports of protest activities and appeals of joining them," Joseph Cheng, a retired professor of political science at the City University of Hong Kong, told CNN. "This cyberspace control is an important lesson absorbed from protest activities like the Arab Spring."

  • Apples extreme sports Watch will have a larger display, report says

    Apples extreme sports Watch will have a larger display, report says

    We're finally getting some details about the long-rumored Apple Watch for extreme sports.


    According to Bloomberg(Opens in a new tab), the rugged Apple Watch 8 will get a larger, 2-inch display than than the "standard" variant of the Apple Watch which will have the same, 1.9-inch screen size as its predecessor.

    This may sound like a minute difference but in the limited world of wearable displays, ever fraction of an inch counts. Bloomberg says the resolution of the rugged Watch will be roughly 410 by 502 pixels, which is a small upgrade from the Apple Watch 7 screen resolution of 484 by 396 pixels.

    Whether this larger display will result in some functional differences remains to be seen. Bloomberg says Apple could use the extra screen area to display more information, such as fitness metrics, at one time.

    SEE ALSO: Apple Watch 8 will probably come with a temperature sensor

    The report also has some details on the new device's design. The rugged Watch will be built with a stronger metal than aluminum, and have a more shatter-resistant screen. It will also have a larger battery compared to standard Apple Watch, which is key for those longer workouts and treks that sports watches typically excel at.

    The rugged Watch will also have a body temperature sensor, just like the regular Watch 8, the report says. The two devices will share the same processor, Apple's S8, which will reportedly have similar performance to the last two iterations of that chip, the S6 and the S7.

    Both devices are likely to be launched in September, alongside Apple's new iPhones.