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Apple’s new Sports app offers some interesting caveats
Thursday, February 22, 2024 11:31 am
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Apple on Wednesday introduced Apple Sports, a free app for iPhone that gives sports fans access to real-time scores, stats, and also comes with some interesting caveats. Designed for speed and simplicity, the app’s personalized experience puts users’ favorite leagues and teams front and center, featuring an easy-to-use interface designed by Apple. Apple Sports is available to download now in the App Store in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada.

Chris Velazco for The Washington Post:

As usual for Apple, its new Sports app hooks neatly into its other services. Once you select teams and leagues to follow, you’ll start seeing relevant updates in the Sports section of Apple’s News app. And if Apple — or a streaming app you’ve connected to the Apple TV app — has the rights to air a game you’re following, you’ll be able to quickly click into the live stream from the Sports app.

Apple said certain leagues — like the WNBA, NCAA football and the NFL — will be available to follow in the app when their respective seasons begin.

A fast, free tool for up-to-the-minute scores could be helpful for people weary of their existing options, but Apple’s first attempt at this kind of app for sports fans comes with curious caveats.

In its current form, Apple’s Sports app doesn’t generate notifications or Live Activities — those persistent notifications that appear on iPhone lock screens to offer in-the-moment updates. You also don’t have the option to place an Apple Sports widget on an iPhone’s home screen to help you passively keep track of changes in a game.

MacDailyNews Take: Little birdie says the Sports app was released to coincide with the start of the MLS season yesterday and these caveats (and others like an Apple Watch app) will be addressed in future updates, making Apple’s Sports app indispensable for fans.
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