tech2 News StaffMar 24, 2015 09:31:30 IST
Apple's first smartwatch is all set to hit store shelves next month and there's a lot of chatter around how it works, features it supports and so on. The device works in tandem with the iPhone. It should be noted that without an iPhone, the Apple Watch won't connect to the Internet, and won't support company's apps like Siri and Mail. Moreover, it won't be able to support several third-party apps too. While there's a lot it can do with the iPhone, interestingly the wearable also has some tricks up its sleeves even without it.
Here's a quick look at five things the Apple Watch can do without an iPhone.
Timepiece and alarms
The Apple Watch will serve as a timepiece even without the need to connect it to an iPhone. This means, you can set alarms, use the stopwatch and even set timers. There's even more like viewing the calendar and keeping track of events.
Music and photos
Now, this is interesting. The Apple Watch allows users to store about 2GB of content, sans the support of the iPhone. This means, you can store music, and listen to the playlists via wireless Bluetooth headphones. However, as aforementioned, the lack of Internet connection means no streaming music online. Besides, it will also let you view up to 75MB of local photos from iCloud Photo Library.
Health and fitness
Even with being connected to an iPhone, Apple Watch can track your fitness and health aspects like heartbeat, steps, stairs climbed, and stand-sit ratio. However, the lack of GPS support means, it will not be able to track the distance covered. All the data is then stored locally and users can sync it with the iPhone.
The Apple Watch is capable of storing your Apple Pay cards on the device. When you enable activate Apple Pay near an NFC reader, the Watch is designed to transmit and confirm your payment. It also works with Payments as gift cards or likewise stored on the iPhone are automatically synced with the watch.
Apple's Remote app has also been ported to the Watch. This means users can control the Apple TV from their wrist. The app can also be used to control iTunes and iTunes Radio on your computer.
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