The Apple Watch
It’s always exciting to anticipate what Apple will do next. Apple has been producing home computers since the late 80’s. The company really took off with their iPod, then their iPhones. The new Apple Watch was eagerly anticipated for nearly a year. Would it be like a combination iPhone, iPod, or would it be something entirely new? Would we be able to be like Dick Tracy, and talk into our phones? It turns out, it was what we expected, and more.
The watch has a silver flexible band and a large LED screen. At first glance it appears to be a large men’s watch, though women can wear it too. It may be a bit more bulky than expected, but the functionality of a computer screen must allow most finger sizes to activate it, so this was a necessary design aesthetic.
There are two different ways you can use your Apple Watch. The first method interacts with your iPhone. However, after initial set up, there are functions that will work without the constant connection to the iPhone.
You’ll be able to receive text messages through your watch. An alert will notify you when one’s arrived, just like on your phone. You’ll be able to read the message on your Apple Watch screen, and respond to it. Since there’s no keyboard, there are a variety of options you can use to respond. You record a voice message, which will convert it to text, and you can send. Or, you can choose to send an audio file in response. There are also emojis you can send, or, you can choose from a variety of pre written messages, such as, “Can I call you back later?”
Your watch can also receive calls. When it rings, you can answer your call. You can talk normally, and carry on a regular phone conversation. There’s also the option to transfer your call to your iPhone.
Your Apple watch can also play music. You can sync music from your iPhone play list through the music app. You’ll also need to purchase a pair of Bluetooth headphones.
You can monitor your fitness levels with two built in apps: Activity and Workout. These will track your steps, time standing in one spot, active exercise, and even your heart rate. If you wish to use third party apps you’ll need to use your iPhone connection to make them work.
Once you’ve completed your Apple Pay setup and connected your credit card, it will function, even when it’s not connected to your iPhone. Its built in protection means it’ll work as long as it’s on your wrist, but as soon as you take it off, you’ll have to enter a passcode the next time you want to use it.
You’ll be able to store and view any digital photographs, from up to 500 photos at any time.
Passbook will allow you to store events tickets, and QR codes will be bright and ready for scanning.
Don’t expect to be able to use your Apple watch on its own. It requires an iPhone, at least for initial setup. In the future Apple may build wifi into their watches, but for now, they’re an expensive toy.