VIS­UAL GUIDE | THE CLOCK APP

Take a whirl­wind tour of the four ma­jor fea­tures of the iPad’s Clock app

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World Clock

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.

Stop­watch

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.

Timer

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.

Alarm

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.

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