VISUAL GUIDE | THE CLOCK APP
Take a whirlwind tour of the four major features of the iPad’s Clock app
1 This shows the time, temperature and weather conditions at major cities of your choice. Tap one of the slots marked with a + at the top of the screen, then type into the search bar or scroll through the list to find the location you want to see on the map. When all of the visible slots are filled, swipe leftwards on their row to bring another six into view.
2 This will be indispensible if you are responsible for a sports team or are helping out a friend with their training. Tap Start to begin counting, and then tap Lap at the appropriate time to record each circuit to the log (the stopwatch will keep counting), or tap Stop when you’re finished. Sadly, the Clock app provides no way to export your lap times; you can take a screenshot by holding the Home button and quickly pressing the sleep/wake button. The screen will flash to confirm, and the screenshot will be added to the Photos app. However, if you’re doing serious training, you should investigate the Health & Fitness category in the App Store.
3 Dial in how long you want the app to count down, in hours and minutes, and tell it what sound you want it to play at the end. Like the Alarm feature, you can ask Siri to set a timer; the “Hey Siri” shortcut (Settings > General > Siri) is particularly useful if your hands are busy in the kitchen.
4 Tap this to see your alarms on a week-long view, similar to how events can be shown in the Calendar app. Each alarm shows its label, but if several occur in a short space of time, you’ll only see the label of the latest one in that group; the earlier alarms around that time will be reduced to tall, thin bars. You can’t just tap on the view to set an alarm, but you can tap and drag existing alarms up or down to adjust their time – they’ll snap to zero, 15, 30 or 45 minutes past the hour, unless you first drag your finger left or right off the alarm – after which dragging vertically moves the alarm in five-minute intervals.