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Apple Watch… It’s About Time

Better battery life and excellent fitness features

The Apple Watch is Apple’s first new product category since the iPad in 2010. It is also the first new piece of technology since Steve Jobs died. Apple’s first wearable device has many of the same hallmark features as its existing products, including a sleek design and Siri, its voice-activated command program.

It takes a bit of work to get used to the Apple Watch—touch the click wheel for your installed apps, but double tap for all your contacts; touch the home screen for your list of favor- ite contacts, but double tap it for Apple Pay; swipe up on the screen and then swipe left and right to navigate your favorite apps; and swipe down for notifi cations. But once you get the hang of it, it’s really quite easy.

The Apple Watch is not meant to replace your iPhone. You must have your iPhone somewhere close to keep it from un- pairing (the Apple Watch pairs with your iPhone via Blue- tooth). There is a reach of 65 feet if there are no obstructions, but there is a noticeable lag and sound goes in and out during phone calls the farther you get from your iPhone. There is also a lag when opening apps—anywhere from 3 to 7 seconds depending on the app. That seems long for today’s technology. Neither can you do a quick Web search on your new Apple Watch. While you can’t “Google” some- thing, you can simply raise your wrist and say, “Hey, Siri…” and ask her whatever you want—from setting up reminders and alarms to having her dial a call or take a call right there on your wrist. The Apple Watch’s speaker and microphone have excellent clarity. For those things that the Apple Watch can’t handle com- pletely on its own, Apple has created “handoff.” This allows you to continue what you were doing on your iPhone simply by locating the icon on the bottom left of the screen on your iPhone and then swiping up—whichever app you were using on your Apple Watch will pop up and take you to exactly where you left off on the watch.

Apple has come up with a very cool way to reply to a text with- out the use of a keyboard. Called “smart replies,” there is a set of generic responses that you can select with a touch, or you can dictate a response and then send it as an audio fi le or just text. The Apple Watch will need to be charged daily. Apple promises all-day battery life of up to 18 hours. This is based on 90 time checks, 90 notifi cations, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch

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While there are several watch faces to choose from, I like the one that offers the max six items of information in one display: time, date, meetings for that day, current local temperature, battery life left, and activity (fitness) tracker.

All you have to do to place a call is tap on the side home button, use the click wheel to select a contact form your favorite’s list, tap on your selection, and then tap on the call button.

via Bluetooth. We confi rmed this 18 hours of battery life. While Apple says charge times are around 1.5 hours to 80 percent and about 2.5 hours to 100 percent from dead, it’s actu- ally less than that. Based on our experience, Apple was very careful to under-promise on battery performance. For health trackers, this smartwatch contains a set of ad- vanced sensors that can gather and track a variety of health data, like heart rate and number of calories burned. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said, “A lot of doctors believe that sitting is the new cancer.” So one particular feature of the Apple Watch alerts wearers when they have been sitting for too long. The Apple Watch is compatible with the Nike+ running app and has its own workout app that tracks time and calories burned. At $349 MSRP, Apple Watch adds a slight bit of convenience but doesn’t do anything more than your iPhone does. It just allows you to do some iPhone functions on your wrist. Even still, it is pretty cool to make a phone call “Dick Tracy” style.

Yesenia Duran is a technical editor for LAW and ORDER and Tactical Response magazines.

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