I have had some friends that have some ambiguous feelings about the upcoming Apple Watch. Let’s just say… I am not one of them. I feel that the Apple Watch will be the next step in personal computing in that it brings many of the best features of an iPhone to our wrists and therefore closer (and faster) and more integrated into our daily lives. Some technophobic people may never embrace the wearable computing lifestyle andthat’s okay. It makes those of us who enjoy the benefits of real-life inst-tech that much more efficient and you know…. cooler.
So my slightly techno-phobic friends ask “But what does it do?” Glad you asked…
What Can You Do with the Apple Watch?
Usability – Apple added “Glances” after their initial announcement. Just swipe up from the bottom of the Watch and the apps and items you feel are important to your daily life come up to the watch face.
Phone Calls – you can initiate and answer phone calls (while connected via your iPhone) with your watch. This has been something that we have been shooting for since Dick Tracy. Hopefully some day soon it will be video calls, but for now, I will be happy to answer my watch when someone calls. Just push “answer” and speak into the watch. But it’s even cooler than that! If you set it, it can be silent and use the Apple Watch’s Taptic sensor on its back to tap you when you get a call. Silently. In a meeting. Awesome.
Text Messaging – you can not only get, but answer text messages directly from your watch. The Apple Watch can suggest replies based on reading the text and making some educated guesses, or you can speak into the Watch and it will type a reply for you. You can send then reply back as a audio recording or as a typed message. Without typing. It can also use the Taptic sensor to notify you silently of incoming messages.
Email – you can check your emails and respond via voice. The screen may be small for large emails, but if you are like I am and have a special email account that is only for mobile use, you find this useful.
Siri – you can speak directly to your Apple Watch to do more of anything than before. Directions, maps, apps, you name it.
Directions – Not only can you pull maps up on your watch but you can get directions. Cool, but wait for it… as you are traveling, the watch will tap on your right or left side of your watch to tell you to turn right or left as you are traveling.
Appointments – As a part of your customized watch face or as a part of Glances, you can set your Apple Watch to display your appointments for the day.
Music – Play, Next, Previous, volume control over your iPhones music App. Seriously. You will be able to control your iPhones music app without puling your phone from your pocket or purse.
Weather on your wrist – How many times a day do I look at one of my Weather apps on my phone to know if it is going to be nice enough to ride the motorcycle? Now, just a glance at your wrist will tell you the answer.
Photos – you can view the photos on your iPhone from your Apple Watch. Granted, they will be small, but sometimes, a quick view of a photo is enough. You can zoom in the photos or zoom out to see groups of photos or albums.
Remote Control Your TV – You will also be able to remote control your Apple TV from your Apple Watch.
This doesn’t even include all the Health apps, Stocks, or the fluffy communications tools Apple is so proud of (drawing flowers to other people on Apple Watches, really? Sending your heartbeat? Was this in big demand in the market?)
And here’s the punchline…
These are just the built-in apps that come WITH the Apple Watch for FREE. Wait till you see what the developers have come up with!
- A day in the life of an average guys using an Apple Watch
- Delivery Date and Custom Apps from developers