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Getting to Know Apple Watch | How to Use the Apple Watch

Anatomy of the Apple Watch

The sleek, streamlined design of Apple Watch is designed for easy, intuitive use and has few external parts and pieces.

Apple Watch Models

Apple Watch comes in three different models, with options that can be mixed and matched to create 38 different variations.

When it comes to the digital functionality of the Apple Watch, every model is created equal. All models include these hardware capabilities:

• Maximum battery life of up to 18 hours

• 8 GB of storage (maximum of 2 GB for music and 75 MB for photos)

• Processor: Apple’s S1 chip

• Gyroscope and accelerometer built-in

• Taptic engine and heart rate sensor built-in

• Water resistant (not waterproof)

• Two size options: 38 mm and 42 mm

What’s in the Box

Apple is known for its exquisite, minimalist packaging, and the Apple Watch box is no exception. Inside, you’ll find everything you need to get started with your new accessory.

Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sports models ship with:

• The Apple Watch

• A magnetic charging cable

• A USB power adapter

• A Quick Start guide

• A band

Apple Watch Edition models ship with the same contents as the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport, but also come with:

• A magnetic charging case

• A Lightning to USB cable (for connecting power to the charging case)

Charging Your Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch will need to be charged daily in order to keep up with you and your lifestyle. Charging is simple and takes about an hour.

To Charge Apple Watch:

1 Connect the magnetic charging cable to a USB port on your computer or use the USB power adapter to connect it to a wall outlet.

2 Lay your Apple Watch’s back against the curved side of the round magnetic charger. They will connect magnetically.

If you want to check how far along your charging is, swipe up on the face of the Apple Watch (you may need to enter your passcode), and then swipe right or left to find the charging Glance, which shows the percentage of charge you have available.

If you have an Apple Watch Edition, you can also use the magnetic charging case to charge your Watch.

When connected to the charger, your Apple Watch’s display will show you how much battery life it has.

A Word on Battery Life

Apple states that the Apple Watch can run on the maximum battery life of up to 18 hours. Your experience may vary, however, depending on the extent to which you put your Apple Watch through its paces.

If you’re getting dramatically less battery life than you anticipated, by all means, contact Apple Technical Support. However, if you’re listening to music, texting 100 messages an hour, constantly swiping through your photo collection, and checking the weather every five minutes, don’t be surprised if you have to charge your Apple Watch more frequently than you’d like.

Interacting with the Apple Watch

There are several methods for interacting with your Apple Watch, many of which will feel familiar to those who have used an iPhone or iPad. Even if you’re new to Apple products, the intuitive design makes it easy to learn.

The Display You can navigate your Apple Watch interface with the simple touch of a finger by swiping, touching and dragging, tapping, and pressing the display.

• Swipe up, down, left, and right to move around on your Apple Watch’s display screen.

• Touch and drag items to move them around.

• Tap icons and menu items to select them or to move down deeper into options and settings.

• Firmly press your screen to perform a Force Touch. Force Touch allows even more options to be available to the wearer from within certain menus or screens. For example, Force Touch is how you change watch faces, which you’ll learn more about in Chapter 3.

The Digital Crown

The Digital Crown is a wholly new input method that is unique to Apple Watch. It can be used in several ways to zip around the interface of Apple Watch.

• Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen.

• Double press (quickly press twice) to open recently used apps.

• Rotate to scroll up and down the screen.

• Rotate to scroll through lists that are longer than the screen allows.

• Rotate to zoom in and out of photos, maps, and even apps. For example, with an app centered in the middle of the Home screen, rotate the Digital Crown upward to zoom right on into the app.

• Press and hold to activate Siri, Apple’s personal assistant software.

The Side Button

The side button almost seems like it’s trying to hide since it’s nestled unobtrusively under the Digital Crown. It’s a great design, but more than that, it’s a useful feature.

The Side Button allows you to do the following:

• Power your Apple Watch on or off, as well as place it into Power Reserve mode.

• Double press to open your Apple Pay cards.

• Lock your Apple Watch. A person must know the passcode to unlock it.

Talking to Siri

In addition to using your finger to navigate your newest timekeeping device, you can also talk to your Apple Watch using Siri, Apple’s personal assistant software that recognizes voice commands and questions. Siri will give you real-time responses and can even interact in conversation with you. She’s quite a lady, too, as you’ll see by her ever-so-polite responses to your queries.

There are two ways to get Siri’s attention:

• Wake your Apple Watch and say, “Hey, Siri.”

• Press and hold the Digital Crown until Siri’s screen appears.

What Can Siri Do?

Siri has many capabilities. She can…

• Set alarms, reminders, and timers.

• Find your location on a map.

• Check scores of your favorite teams.

• Get local movie times.

• Launch apps.

• Search the internet and much more.

To explore the full range of what Siri can assist you with, wake your Apple Watch and say, “Hey, Siri, what can you help me with?” You’ll be rewarded with a very long list of items and actions; just tap one to see examples of questions you can ask her.

About Ahmed Faizan

Mr. Ahmed Faizan Sheikh, M.Sc. (USA), Research Fellow (USA), a member of IEEE & CIGRE, is a Fulbright Alumnus and earned his Master’s Degree in Electrical and Power Engineering from Kansas State University, USA.