Apple’s top line products are a delight to use and I’m happy to report I get to use most of them. iPhone Xs Max. The new iPad Pro. HomePod. A shiny new iMac Pro on my desk at work. And, thanks to someone who loves me who also has more disposable income, Apple Watch Series 4 with LTE.
The little red circle on the Watch Crown button is a status symbol and points to an always connected by everything future. Watch gets plenty of criticism from naysayers because there is no killer app. Time. Maybe that’s the killer feature. My view is simple. Watch is more capable than the sum of the parts.
Which parts do I like best?
Watch is where functionality and fashion meet. As do most Watch users, I have a few favorite watchbands in a growing collection that ranges from Nike to Milanese Loop (and more than a few Amazon-inspired knock-offs).
As to functions, Watch continues to surprise me with obvious but somewhat hidden features. For example, almost every Watch owner I meet knows what complications are but doesn’t know how to use them. Frankly, Apple’s Watch user interface for complications could use some work because it seems as if they are buried.
Here are a few of the most obvious Watch tricks.
Watch Face – Press and hold the center of the Watch face. See the Customize button? Enjoy.
Silence & Mute – There are times I hear a Watch alarm go off and the owner dig around for iPhone to silence it. Put your hand over the Watch face (make sure Cover to Mute mode is on in Sounds & Haptics).
See how easy these are?
Right Hand – I see left-handed Watch users who put Watch on their right hand but leave the crown button on the right side. Change orientation in Settings > General > Watch orientation.
Flashlight – Swipe up on Control Center and tap the Flashlight icon. Voila! Flashlight! But notice the three dots on the bottom. Swipe from right to left to get a strobe and a red flashlight.
Goodbye Icons – In a definite design oversight, Watch app icons show up in a dizzying array called the honeycomb. Ugh. Press the crown to display the honeycomb icons. Then, Force Touch the center and you get a pop up choice– List View or Grid View. List view is much easier to use.
Heart Rate – Watch automatically captures your heart rate but can also give you a warning when it is elevated. Open the Watch app on iPhone, touch My Watch > Heart Rate > Elevated Heart Rate. Set accordingly. People’s lives have been saved thanks to that.
Yes, there are plenty of similar Watch tips lists available, including T.T. O’Brien’s “12 Best Apple Watch Tips.”