Anticipating WWDC 2016: what's ahead for Apple Watch 2 and watchOS 3

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in Apple Watch edited June 2016
Barely a year old, Apple Watch has already seen two major releases of watchOS--a remarkably rapid pace of platform development, even for Apple. Here's a look at what we can expect to hear about watchOS 3 at Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference.


Apple's Swift invite to WWDC 2016


Apple is notoriously secretive about its future plans right up to the point where it is ready to release new hardware at its Apple Event launches, or alternatively, new software and cloud services at its annual Worldwide Developer's Conference in June. Here's what to look forward to at next month's developer event, focusing specifically on watch OS and the device that runs it. Other articles examined the iOS, tvOS, Mac and iCloud platforms.

WWDC 2015 offered big news for watchOS 2



Over the past year, Apple Watch sales have been closely monitored by pundits looking for signs of an exhilarating blockbuster success or of embarrassing failure. Both extremes ended up looking foolish.

Across its three quarters of availability last year, Apple Watch sold (according to Canalys estimates) 12 million units. That's nearly as many iPods as Apple sold in all of 2014, yet iPods were selling at an Average Selling Price around $165, less than half as much as the cheapest Apple Watch. As effectively Apple's new iPod for the mobile era, Apple Watch has been an incredible success right out of the gate, at least in terms of unit sales.

Apple Watch initially began shipping last April after an introduction alongside the new iPhone 6 the previous fall. It was originally introduced running watchOS 1.0, where third party apps ran from the user's connected iPhone, and the watch itself only handled the user interface.

At last year's WWDC, Apple introduced watchOS 2, which enabled developers to build native apps that ran on the watch itself, eliminating a round trip of communications to the connected phone on every action, resulting in much better performance. Native apps on watchOS 2 can also connect to the Internet directly via WiFi, even when your phone isn't present. Apple also enabled FaceTime Audio calls, allowing for phone conversations without a phone using available WiFi networks.




The new watch OS 2 also added the ability for third party titles to access native hardware including the Digital Crown, microphone, accelerometers, heart rate sensors and the Taptic Engine for physical feedback. It also added the ability to build custom watch face Complications, with full support for the new "Time Travel" feature that can show future or past status changes within Complications. A weather Complication, for example, could dial forward to show the forecast and spin back into the past to show previous weather conditions.

Notifications on Apple Watch also got quick reply capabilities, allowing users to compose a response to incoming messages or other alerts without switching to another app. The new release also added support for embedded audio and video clips.

Apple also introduced a new watch OS emulator in Xcode that can run in parallel with the iOS simulator, helping to debug and test software and interaction between the two platforms.

WWDC also introduced a new App Thinning deployment system to optimize the resources downloaded by each device to the bare minimum required, and made App Thinning mandatory for watchOS apps. The company has since also made native watchOS apps mandatory for listing in the App Store.

The mobile future of Apple Watch and watchOS



While Apple Watch got the ability to connect to known WiFi networks on its own last year, this year a new industry specification has enabled watches to piggyback on your existing mobile plan in order to access direct, tether-less access to your mobile network.

It relates to virtual SIM cards, which Apple has been working on since 2010, albeit with some intense resistance from players in the mobile industry who use physical SIM cards to lock users to their network. In 2014, Apple finally lined up partners behind its Apple SIM implementation on iPads. In the future, new iPhones equipped with an Apple SIM or "eSIM" (for embedded) should be able to switch to whatever carrier the user wants, without requiring a new physical chip on a piece of plastic to be inserted.




This not only will help make future iPhones slimmer and get rid of one of the last impediments to waterproofing, but could also enable ultramobile devices like Apple Watch to connect to the user's same mobile account, allowing them to take calls directly over the mobile network, as is currently possible only over WiFi.

This would convert Apple Watch from a more convenient way to access notifications into a more fully functional mobile device that can refresh data and maintain communications without a phone always being present. Having an eSIM and mobile capabilities would likely also facilitate GPS, which is typically built into mobile networking hardware.

One example of the benefit would be users navigating an airport, where passing through security means shedding all of your devices except for the watch you can wear through checkpoints. By packing your phone away in your bags, you could streamline your experience without losing your mobile connection. Another example would be wearing your watch for a run without also carrying your phone. With mobile updates and GPS, you could track your run and not miss any urgent calls or messages.

Other silicon improvements Apple could make in future watch hardware include a faster and more efficient Application Processor. The current S1 package includes a 28nm variant of an A5-like chip, running at about half the clock rate that chip ran at when it was used to power iPhone 4s. Its graphics hardware is roughly equivalent to that used in iPhone 4.

Not only are today's Ax chips many times faster, but they've also grown more battery efficient. One of the primary improvements in the move from A7 to A8, for example, was a big drop in power consumption. With most of the other costs of Apple Watch already paid off in a design that's proven to sell, Apple can now aggressively scale down its superior Ax chips for use in the next Apple Watch, resulting in much faster apps, longer battery life and new capabilities, including faster interpretation of Siri commands.

Integrating watchOS 3 with iOS and Macs



Other initiatives Apple is likely to pursue in watchOS 3 include new native apps from Apple that extend its features to better integrate with the company's other products. That could include support for Apple's iCloud-synced Notes and Voice Memos, allowing users to quickly capture ideas with their watch. There could also be expanded access to iCloud-synced Reminders, allowing users to view and check off to-do items.

Apple could also add Digital Touch support across its other platforms, enabling Apple Watch users to send animated sketches, taps or send their heartbeat to other users without a watch.




More importantly, it seems like Apple should add (perhaps optionally) an identifying notice to messages so that recipients know it came from a watch. Frequently, the short responses Apple Watch offers to make on your behalf seem too curt when sent to someone on a phone.

Even if Apple simply appended an Apple Watch emoji to the message, it would signal to the other end that they were getting a short reply originating on a watch, not just a brusque one word response implying disinterest or rudeness.

When iPhone first appeared, it replied to emails with an appended "sent from iPhone," which not only advertised iPhone, but also notified the recipient that they were getting a response from a phone, subtly explaining why the response might be brief and lack the additional flourish one might add if sending emails from a desktop computer.

A similar notification from Apple Watch would serve the same purpose, and might make users feel more comfortable with sending a short reply from their watch rather than resorting to pull out their phone to tap a more involved response to avoid sounding short.

Enhancing watchOS 3 home screen navigation



Apple seems to have shoehorned two very different designs together for Apple Watch: one being an app platform like iOS, and the other being a classic watch face with Complications. There's a navigational quandary about whether the watch face or the home screen is the actual default landing spot. Unlike iOS, there's no immediate way to move from the home screen to Glances or Notifications (because swiping on the home screen just moves app icons around).

Tapping the Digital Crown bounces between home and the watch face, but when on the home screen of icons, there's no way to flick back to the watch face; using Force Touch currently does nothing.

The obvious solution would be to let users Force Touch on the home screen of apps for a moment to return to the watch face, or Force Touch and then flick up or down to bring up Glances or Notifications. This would better coordinate the navigation between the device's watch identity and its alter ego as a home screen of apps--which currently is only moderately useful, given that the watch is so slow at launching apps.

Apple could also add Complication shortcuts enabling its custom watch faces to directly launch a desired app or feature. With a complication for Siri, Apple Pay, or any other given app, users could jump right to one of their favorite features without thinking about how to navigate the side button or the overwhelming cluster of app icons presented on the home screen.


Not all Apple Watch faces currently support Complications


Many users have expressed an interest in custom watch faces. At a minimum, it would be nice to be able to add more Complications to some of the stock faces, such as your own Live Photo or the Motion, Solar, Time-lapse and other face options that lack support for Complications.

Gamify fitness with social networking using Game Center



Apple Watch expanded upon the pedometer Health data iPhone already collects, adding heart rate monitoring and motion activity tracking. It reports three types of user activity with intuitive circles, encouraging the wearer to remain active throughout the day, get regular exercise and burn a specific calorie goal. The circles close as you reach your objectives, making it feel like a game.




However, so far Apple has missed a huge opportunity that's hard to explain. After spending the last five years encouraging developers to take full advantage of Game Center, its gaming social network released back in 2010, Apple has yet to tie Activity circles into it, enabling friends to compete and encourage each other to maintain activity goals. After spending the last five years encouraging developers to take full advantage of Game Center, its gaming social network released back in 2010, Apple has yet to tie Activity circles into it

The Activity app on Apple Watch also makes no effort to track where you run, as many other fitness apps do, resulting in a sharable run map. This currently might require you to run with your iPhone (as the current watch design lacks GPS), but its also possible that Apple could use compass, accelerometer and other motion data to plot out your run, once it knows your starting point.

Apple Watch introduced a series of virtual medals that reward you once you get started, and with every new goal achieved. Achievements are also a key feature of Game Center, but Apple hasn't linked the two together yet. This seems like a really odd omission.

Competitive social workout tracking is one of the attractions of Fitbit, a key competitor to Apple Watch in the area of fitness tracking. Apple literally has all the pieces but just hasn't fit them together yet. Hopefully this will happen with the release of watchOS 3.

Playing up the social aspect of activity tracking in Game Center would not only work for the Activity app, but also could play into Care Kit, or even Research Kit to encourage a group of patients to support each other, to stay on their treatment plan, or to regularly perform procedures related to a clinical trial. And remote users could be Auto-Matched to others in Game Center undergoing the same types of treatment, enabling a support network among individuals who live far away from each other.

Apple has frequently appeared hesitant (in some cases) to muscle into the territory currently occupied by third party solutions. But because Apple Watch is just getting started, it really needs strong leadership from Apple on building excellent apps that take full advantage of its capabilities. If Apple can really take the lead in creating strong gaming examples on Apple Watch, it will not only popularize the product, but also give other developers a solid model to follow.

Better mobile Maps



Maps on Apple Watch work really well as long as the bandwidth is there to quickly update map data. Navigation is particularly useful when driving, providing silently unobtrusive Taptic Engine feedback with minimal screen distraction, meaning you don't necessarily have to have a synthetic voice calling out your next turn over the top of your music.

An improvement to hands free operation would be useful when using directions while riding a bike, as its really hard to touch the screen when you have both hands on a pair of handlebars. This could be solved with arm gestures that let you perform simple swipe and tap operations with wrist instead.


Good luck navigating the screen without two free hands


Another feature Apple Watch Maps could implement is in correcting or adding the location of businesses and other points of presence. Apple's Maps data from Yelp and other sources frequently locate businesses, bus stops or other locations incorrectly. By letting users submit the correct location with a simple "I'm here" button, Apple could crowdsource a lot of corrections to its Maps database, and keep up with changes as they occur.

If future Apple Watch hardware incorporated a barometer (as all iPhone 6 models do), Apple could also automatically deduce the locations of elevators, escalators and stairs, further enhancing indoor mapping automatically similar to how the company reports traffic conditions. It could, of course, already do this from iPhone 6 user data, if it started making indoor mapping a strategic priority, offering accurate directions around malls, stadiums, airports, train stations, hospitals, universities and other large indoor spaces that can be hard to navigate.

A better Home



Apple's HomeKit framework for securely managing lights, fans, doors, security systems, climate control and other "Internet of Things" sensors is just getting off the ground, but it lacks a first party Home app from Apple to act as a solid dashboard for the configurations it manages. In addition to putting Home on your Mac and iOS devices, a Home app for watchOS could optimize the experience of managing various controls and sensors in a single, uniform interface.

If Apple really wants HomeKit to take off, it should also be investing in--and providing guidance for--aspiring startups with great ideas, just as we earlier outlined for iOS app developers in the App Store. It should also be watching trends as they develop--which it appears to be doing in its new retail partnership with DJI related to drones. Below, researcher Mark Ven of PVD+ controls a drone using Apple Watch, via hand gestures.


Source: Reuters


Rather than only focusing on MFi licensing revenue, Apple should also take some risks in investing in new sensor, switch, controller and motor developers and help them to rapidly get off the ground by providing access to volume component deals, which would in turn further drive down the cost of building new devices, making lower end prices attainable and driving broader adoption.

Investing venture capital into HomeKit startups could also be a lucrative way for Apple to participate in the industry on a scale smaller than its typical mass market platform products, while at the same time bolstering IoT development tied to its own platforms.

Apart from Apple Watch and iOS devices, and the tvOS used by Apple TV, WWDC will also provide provide more information about Apple's Mac and iCloud platforms. Let us know what you think about the future of watchOS in the comments below.
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  • Reply 1 of 23
    Lots of great ideas here. I genuinely love my watch, and I've had it since launch. Not sure I'll be driven to invest in another this soon unless they provide an upgrade path based on having a stainless steel version. This is the only product that Apple has priced differently based on construction materials, so I'd like to think they would find a way to allow the watches to upgrade a bit while keeping the "heirloom" element of the watch case.
    ai46
  • Reply 2 of 23
    jaywordjayword Posts: 11member
    The lines below are false. Native apps on watchOS 2 cannot connect directly over Wi-Fi. NSURLSession is used to proxy connections from the Watch to the Phone making it appear to the app as if it is direct, but actually it is not. The performance is horrific and this is the primary flaw in watchOS 2. This is not a "we did this last year", this is a "top item to do this year".
    AppleInsider said:

    At last year's WWDC, Apple introduced watchOS 2, which enabled developers to build native apps that ran on the watch itself, eliminating a round trip of communications to the connected phone on every action, resulting in much better performance. Native apps on watchOS 2 can also connect to the Internet directly via WiFi, even when your phone isn't present.
    elijahgrepressthis
  • Reply 3 of 23
    wigbywigby Posts: 688member
    jayword said:
    The lines below are false. Native apps on watchOS 2 cannot connect directly over Wi-Fi. NSURLSession is used to proxy connections from the Watch to the Phone making it appear to the app as if it is direct, but actually it is not. The performance is horrific and this is the primary flaw in watchOS 2. This is not a "we did this last year", this is a "top item to do this year".
    Sorry but you're wrong. I just turned off my wifi on my iPhone and was able to run several native apps. They weren't lightning fast but took only a few seconds to pull up menus and navigate just like I normally do. Try it for yourself. I agree the performance needs a major kick in the ass. I've yet to see any app on Apple Watch that doesn't produce spinning circles lasting 2-10 seconds. Imagine if every click on a Mac produced the spinning color wheel or every touch on an iPhone produced a spinning thingy. That would be unacceptable.
    edited May 2016 ai46
  • Reply 4 of 23
    correctionscorrections Posts: 1,281member
    jayword said:
    The lines below are false. Native apps on watchOS 2 cannot connect directly over Wi-Fi. NSURLSession is used to proxy connections from the Watch to the Phone making it appear to the app as if it is direct, but actually it is not. The performance is horrific and this is the primary flaw in watchOS 2. This is not a "we did this last year", this is a "top item to do this year".
    AppleInsider said:

    At last year's WWDC, Apple introduced watchOS 2, which enabled developers to build native apps that ran on the watch itself, eliminating a round trip of communications to the connected phone on every action, resulting in much better performance. Native apps on watchOS 2 can also connect to the Internet directly via WiFi, even when your phone isn't present.
    Yes you are incorrect. When put your connected phone into Airplane Mode, Apple Watch first shows that its lost its connection, then if there is a known WiFi network available, it will connect directly (using credentials in your Keychain). You can then IM others and get other data updates while connected to WiFi. That's why there's a cloud icon on the Connected Glance standing in for the usual phone icon.



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  • Reply 5 of 23
    correctionscorrections Posts: 1,281member
    wigby said:
    I've yet to see any app on Apple Watch that doesn't produce spinning circles lasting 2-10 seconds. Imagine if every click on a Mac produced the spinning color wheel or every touch on an iPhone produced a spinning thingy. That would be unacceptable.

    It's true that app performance on Apple Watch is very delayed. Remember that early Macs spent so much time launching an app that they typically threw up a splash screen to distract the user while it slowly started up (sometimes much longer than 2-10 seconds!). Also, the original iPhone launched apps fairly quickly (to where a splash screen was recommended against in the UI guidelines), but without any security in place, meaning it was only Apple's own first party apps. It was one year in and 2.0 before third party apps became common. Also, iPhone suffered with EDGE (and then slow 3G) for its first few years, meaning that web pages typically loaded REALLY slowly.

    Give Apple Watch a hardware refresh and 3.0 software and lets see what it can do in its second year as an apps platform. Until then, its functionality is much more useful as a Watch with smart features, rather than as a scaled down iOS device. 

    And speaking of upgrades: do you think that Liam could be tasked with replacing the S1 in several million Apple Watches with a more advanced S2 package, at a cost of maybe $250? Leave the Sport model out, just upgrade the more expensive Steel and Gold watches as a premium service. 
    edited May 2016 ai46repressthispte apple
  • Reply 6 of 23
    badmonkbadmonk Posts: 775member
    Thanks DED for another article and great ideas.  I have a feeling Apple will be knocking on the door to hire you at some point.
  • Reply 7 of 23
    SnRaSnRa Posts: 65member
    badmonk said:
    Thanks DED for another article and great ideas.  I have a feeling Apple will be knocking on the door to hire you at some point.
    Just like Anand Lal Shimpi? ;) Probably not.


    And speaking of upgrades: do you think that Liam could be tasked with replacing the S1 in several million Apple Watches with a more advanced S2 package, at a cost of maybe $250? Leave the Sport model out, just upgrade the more expensive Steel and Gold watches as a premium service. 
    Is there a particular reason (technical) why you think they would leave out the Sport model?
  • Reply 8 of 23
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    jayword said:
    The lines below are false. Native apps on watchOS 2 cannot connect directly over Wi-Fi. NSURLSession is used to proxy connections from the Watch to the Phone making it appear to the app as if it is direct, but actually it is not. The performance is horrific and this is the primary flaw in watchOS 2. This is not a "we did this last year", this is a "top item to do this year".
    AppleInsider said:

    At last year's WWDC, Apple introduced watchOS 2, which enabled developers to build native apps that ran on the watch itself, eliminating a round trip of communications to the connected phone on every action, resulting in much better performance. Native apps on watchOS 2 can also connect to the Internet directly via WiFi, even when your phone isn't present.

    Funny how you talk crap yet not know what you're saying.
    wigby said:
    I've yet to see any app on Apple Watch that doesn't produce spinning circles lasting 2-10 seconds. Imagine if every click on a Mac produced the spinning color wheel or every touch on an iPhone produced a spinning thingy. That would be unacceptable.

    It's true that app performance on Apple Watch is very delayed. Remember that early Macs spent so much time launching an app that they typically threw up a splash screen to distract the user while it slowly started up (sometimes much longer than 2-10 seconds!). Also, the original iPhone launched apps fairly quickly (to where a splash screen was recommended against in the UI guidelines), but without any security in place, meaning it was only Apple's own first party apps. It was one year in and 2.0 before third party apps became common. Also, iPhone suffered with EDGE (and then slow 3G) for its first few years, meaning that web pages typically loaded REALLY slowly.

    Give Apple Watch a hardware refresh and 3.0 software and lets see what it can do in its second year as an apps platform. Until then, its functionality is much more useful as a Watch with smart features, rather than as a scaled down iOS device. 

    And speaking of upgrades: do you think that Liam could be tasked with replacing the S1 in several million Apple Watches with a more advanced S2 package, at a cost of maybe $250? Leave the Sport model out, just upgrade the more expensive Steel and Gold watches as a premium service. 
    Depends what the upgrades are, considering the many external dependencies with sensors and comm I think if they did that you would not have exactly the Apple Watch 2 but more a CPU/GPU upgraded Apple Watch 1. If they did that I could see it being done for say $200 (since most of the cost is not the hardware but the process to get it done).
  • Reply 9 of 23
    correctionscorrections Posts: 1,281member
    SnRa said:
    badmonk said:
    Thanks DED for another article and great ideas.  I have a feeling Apple will be knocking on the door to hire you at some point.
    Just like Anand Lal Shimpi? ;) Probably not.

    Is there a particular reason (technical) why you think they would leave out the Sport model?
    Speculation based on the fact that the price of the Sport ($299 with its $50 band) makes upgrading it less attractive vs. buying a new one. Also, there are a lot more to upgrade. Focusing on high value users at first might make more sense, particularly given that the first release will likely get a major jump in utility with a new S2.

    The Steel models start at $549 with the same $50 band (or $649-$1049 paired with more expensive bands), making it more likely that its users would pay for a brains upgrade rather than a whole new watch. Apple hasn't done that before with iPods or iOS devices, but it also hasn't similarly emphasized how the internals are self contained in a single package. Also, at some point the Watch batteries will need to be serviced as well, just as with a standard heirloom watch. If you can crack it open to replace that, being able to swap the S1 also begins to make sense, and could even be done at a profit similar to selling a whole new watch (as the case+screen is a very significant part of the expense of the device).

    Of course, iPhones are even more expensive than AW, and there's never been an upgrade program. That's because users could probably get more money selling their used model than they could save in replacing the logic board with a newer one. Also, iPhone logic board design and battery size, along with other factors, have all changed significantly with each model, making any upgrade effort not very easy to do.

  • Reply 10 of 23
    multimediamultimedia Posts: 867member
    Charter WATCH SPORT (42mm Space Gray-Black) owner since launch. Ready to buy WATCH SPORT 2 now (42mm Gold-Midnight Blue). Need more speed. Do we think WATCH 2 will be launched at WWDC? Or do you think we'll have to wait til September alongside iPhone 7?
    edited May 2016
  • Reply 11 of 23
    blitz2blitz2 Posts: 34member
    appleWatch and "complications" in the same sentence... ROFL!
    edited May 2016
  • Reply 12 of 23
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 1,021member
    wigby said:
    I've yet to see any app on Apple Watch that doesn't produce spinning circles lasting 2-10 seconds. Imagine if every click on a Mac produced the spinning color wheel or every touch on an iPhone produced a spinning thingy. That would be unacceptable.

    It's true that app performance on Apple Watch is very delayed. Remember that early Macs spent so much time launching an app that they typically threw up a splash screen to distract the user while it slowly started up (sometimes much longer than 2-10 seconds!). Also, the original iPhone launched apps fairly quickly (to where a splash screen was recommended against in the UI guidelines), but without any security in place, meaning it was only Apple's own first party apps. It was one year in and 2.0 before third party apps became common. Also, iPhone suffered with EDGE (and then slow 3G) for its first few years, meaning that web pages typically loaded REALLY slowly.

    Give Apple Watch a hardware refresh and 3.0 software and lets see what it can do in its second year as an apps platform. Until then, its functionality is much more useful as a Watch with smart features, rather than as a scaled down iOS device. 

    And speaking of upgrades: do you think that Liam could be tasked with replacing the S1 in several million Apple Watches with a more advanced S2 package, at a cost of maybe $250? Leave the Sport model out, just upgrade the more expensive Steel and Gold watches as a premium service. 
    Given speed really is the killer issue for the watch currently I wonder if it wouldn't be the killer application for one of the newer fast Non-Voilite DRAM's? Replace flash make it much faster and have it fully addressable so the CPU doesn't have load the apps as they open it can just restart them. Might also help battery life if they can kill off DRAM just have smallish cache for active operation. 
  • Reply 13 of 23
    why-why- Posts: 305member
    you can use apple pay on the apple watch right? how does it handle authentication?
  • Reply 14 of 23
    multimediamultimedia Posts: 867member
    why- said:
    you can use apple pay on the apple watch right? how does it handle authentication?
    Not sure what you mean. I use my WATCH to Pay all the time. Once it's set up you simple press the side button twice, your default card appears - you can optionally scroll to other set up cards - then simply hold your WATCH near the NFC terminal screen and the purchase completes in a second or two later.
  • Reply 15 of 23
    why-why- Posts: 305member
    why- said:
    you can use apple pay on the apple watch right? how does it handle authentication?
    Not sure what you mean. I use my WATCH to Pay all the time. Once it's set up you simple press the side button twice, your default card appears - you can optionally scroll to other set up cards - then simply hold your WATCH near the NFC terminal screen and the purchase completes in a second or two later.

    yeah but I mean how do they know it's you? is there an initial setup involving TouchID? does it ask you for your PIN?
  • Reply 16 of 23
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 1,021member
    why- said:
    Not sure what you mean. I use my WATCH to Pay all the time. Once it's set up you simple press the side button twice, your default card appears - you can optionally scroll to other set up cards - then simply hold your WATCH near the NFC terminal screen and the purchase completes in a second or two later.

    yeah but I mean how do they know it's you? is there an initial setup involving TouchID? does it ask you for your PIN?
    I thought there was a touchID to pair process each time you put the watch on and all secure functions, like applePay, stopped working if you took the watch off.
  • Reply 17 of 23
    multimediamultimedia Posts: 867member
    mattinoz said:
    why- said:

    yeah but I mean how do they know it's you? is there an initial setup involving TouchID? does it ask you for your PIN?
    I thought there was a touchID to pair process each time you put the watch on and all secure functions, like applePay, stopped working if you took the watch off.
    No PIN number. You load the credit cards into your WATCH via the WATCH app on your iPhone. Whenever you put your WATCH on you enter your prearranged unlock code. There's no Touch ID involved when you Pay on your WATCH. Only when you Pay with your iPhone. Just double punch the side button, your default card appears on your WATCH screen, if you want to pay with a different card that's been setup you simply scroll from one card to another, then hold your WATCH face near the terminal screen and it works every time.
  • Reply 18 of 23
    multimediamultimedia Posts: 867member
    why- said:
    Not sure what you mean. I use my WATCH to Pay all the time. Once it's set up you simple press the side button twice, your default card appears - you can optionally scroll to other set up cards - then simply hold your WATCH near the NFC terminal screen and the purchase completes in a second or two later.

    yeah but I mean how do they know it's you? is there an initial setup involving TouchID? does it ask you for your PIN?
    Every time you put the Apple Watch on you need to unlock it with a passcode you set up in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. After that it knows it's you because you passed the unlock code just like you would have passed the TouchID. And your constant heart rate knows you still have it on when it comes to Apple Pay time. So the authentication happens each time you put your Apple Watch on and no other times.
  • Reply 19 of 23
    multimediamultimedia Posts: 867member
    blitz2 said:
    appleWatch and "complications" in the same sentence... ROFL!
    The term "complications" comes from the watch industry. It refers to the additional features added to watches beyond the main time hands. Like seconds dial, timer dial, alarm dual etc. Apple has adopted the word to mean all the different apps that can be displayed on the face of different Apple Watch faces.
  • Reply 20 of 23
    toysandmetoysandme Posts: 193member
    I love the watch but there is one feature my original Pebble had that I miss a lot: I wish the watch warned me when I forget my phone at home. It's smart enough to show a red rectangle with a line across it, so why doesn't it nag me with a "hey, your phone is out of range"? Let's tell Apple: http://www.apple.com/feedback/watch.html

    brucemc
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