How to use with iPhone

Ap­ple Watch is your iPhone’s best friend. Here’s why…

Mac Format - - WATCH -

The first wear­able gad­get from Ap­ple beams mes­sages, Face­book up­dates and sim­pli­fied apps to our wrists, elim­i­nat­ing the all-too-com­mon need to take out our Ap­ple de­vices to con­stantly check no­ti­fi­ca­tions. The Watch and the iPhone are in­ti­mately con­nected and should be con­sid­ered as one sys­tem to­gether. There are more than a dozen ways to in­ter­act with the Watch, from re­ceiv­ing glance­able no­ti­fi­ca­tions, to feel­ing ‘tap­tic’ feed­back, to sum­mon­ing Siri, ac­cord­ing to the WatchKit doc­u­men­ta­tion for de­vel­op­ers.

It’s be­com­ing in­con­ve­nient to pocket the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and even big­ger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in your jeans, or to al­ways stow the thin, but tall 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 in a bag, so the Watch is de­signed to be your ‘al­ways on’ no­ti­fi­ca­tion friend.

Is that phone call from a tele­mar­keter not worth your time or an emer­gency from a loved one? Ap­ple Watch makes mun­dane no­ti­fi­ca­tions easy to dis­miss while keep­ing you in the loop with im­por­tant alerts. There will be loads of Ap­ple Watch apps avail­able on launch day (24 April) by the sounds of it, but they don’t re­ally have their very own space. You’ll browse through, use and down­load all Watch apps from your iPhone rather than di­rectly on the Watch it­self. Mean­ing, you shouldn’t think about the Watch as a sep­a­rate de­vice but more of an iPhone com­pan­ion.

We’ve known for a while that Watch apps don’t run en­tirely in­de­pen­dently and are highly re­liant on a con­nec­tion to an iPhone. That’s an­other con­fir­ma­tion that your Ap­ple Watch is not go­ing to be much use if you take it too far away from your iPhone – at least not yet.

Some of the apps Tim Cook and other key Ap­ple fig­ures showed off dur­ing the Ap­ple Watch event in March in­cluded Uber, WeChat, Instagram, Shazam and a home se­cu­rity mon­i­tor. Ex­pect to see th­ese plus a boat­load of oth­ers, in­clud­ing plenty of dross, come the sum­mer. Don’t ex­pect any­thing too in-depth, though. Ap­ple’s Vice Pres­i­dent of Techol­ogy, Kevin Lynch, says most of the Watch’s ap­pli­ca­tions are “re­ally about brief in­ter­ac­tions… many of th­ese are just a few sec­onds long”, re­in­forc­ing that Watch is more of a com­pan­ion de­vice than your phone is.

The Ap­ple Watch’s Set­tings app de­tails some of the ba­sic things you’ll be able to change, but more de­tail is found in the com­pan­ion app for iPhone 5 and newer mod­els.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.