Watch has been on my person most of every day and night since I bought it a few months ago and a few notable changes in my day-to-day routine have occurred. First, I don’t wear other watches as often. As often as in hardly ever, and if the past month is an indication of the future, never. A half dozen beautiful, utilitarian, and luxury watches are gather dust as Apple Watch gathers data almost 24/7.
Almost? Here’s my Watch routine. Watch is on all the time except for a couple of hours mid-evening every day. That’s when I relax, reader, watch a bit of TV, take a bath, and unwind from the day. That’s also when Watch gets charged. It takes a couple of hours and I put it on before heading to bed (Do Not Disturb in Notifications is a must). So, except for the few hours Watch needs to charge while I’m unwinding from the day, it’s on 24/7.
Why? Watch does so much to help keep the iPhone in the pocket, bag, or purse (which, by the way, improves iPhone’s battery life). So much? Here’s where Watch is about to hit its stride. Complications. A complication is a horology term and Apple builds in Watch complications– little utilities accessible from the Watch face– for third party developers.
Here’s what Apple tells Watch developers about complications.
Complications are small elements that appear on the watch face and provide quick access to frequently used data. Users can customize most watch faces and install the complications that they want to see. The system provides built-in complications for weather information, upcoming calendar events, the user’s activity, and many more types of data. Apps can also add support for complications and display app-specific data.
Most watchfaces on Watch have one or more complications but for me, more is better, less is not. That’s because complications can be quick ways to tap and get additional information. One of my favorite Mac apps is Flexibits’ Fantastical and the latest iPhone version has a complication.
For all the emphasis Apple and developers have place on the thousands of apps, one of the most useful functions is complications. In watchOS 2.0 they’re customizable, and more app developers are figuring out ways to give you quick access to important information– not from the crazy mess of app icons that arrive with the Crown– but from complications on the watch face.
It’s this kind of instantly visible information which makes Watch more valuable to use than an expensive luxury-like watch which barely tells the time.
The first few weeks of using Watch I expected I would find a cleverly designed but typical– and beautiful– watch face that I would use regularly. Or, a few that I would switch between. They’re gone and I use the modular face with the most complications spaces almost all the time. More Watch app developers will figure out how to incorporate new functions into complications but one feature I can beg Apple to include would be customizable complications that rotate according to priority or urgency or time of day.
That’s worth gold. Real gold. Not rose gold.