Despite the fact that Apple’s first wearable, the Watch, is official and we’ve seen plenty of pictures of the device since its unveiling, there are still plenty of questions about the device swirling out there in the wild. A new hands-on report with the upcoming device has shed some light on a few of them.
The hands-on report was put together by Ariel Adams, and it was posted on A Blog to Watch. With the time spent with the wearable, which is not due out until sometime in early 2015, Adams was able to learn plenty of key details about the wearable, including how apps are managed, how the Watch itself will be handled, and other key details.
That includes the way that the Watch is managed from the phone. Adams says that apps are installed through a central application that’s installed on your iPhone, and then transferred to your Watch when you want them to be. Essentially, this means that you won’t have to deal with a tiny App Store on your wrist, but can better manage the content you’ll have there on your bigger-screened iPhone. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same way that iPods are handled when you connect them to a computer and run iTunes. Or, if you have a Pebble smartwatch, then you’re probably accustomed to this sort of design choice.
“Apple Watch users will install an Apple Watch app on their iPhone, which will be used to download apps onto the watch as well as likely manage Apple Watch settings. A user’s iPhone is also used to help with computational demands. Apple cleverly pushes a lot of processor needs to the phone in order to preserve Apple Watch battery life.“
It isn’t clear if the Watch’s specific application will be available as a standalone app within the App Store, and released alongside the public availability of the Watch, or if it will simply be an app that’s available on an iPhone following a software update. On September 29 it was reported that Apple was already preparing iOS 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3 for future releases, and with iOS 8.1 reportedly tied to Apple Pay, it’s more than likely that one of the other updates is tied directly to the Watch’s release.
Another important factoid from the hands-on is processing, from the phone to the Watch. Apparently the iPhone will handle the heavier tasks, so that it can be off-loaded from the Watch and therefore not sacrifice battery life or performance. So, if you’re utilizing a health application, instead of the Watch taking in all of the data, analyzing it and then turning it around as a result screen for you to see, the iPhone will take care of all o the heavy-lifting, then simply show you the results on the Watch’s display. This should, theoretically, also aide in extending the Watch’s battery life, which is said to be just around one day at this point.
Apple had a one-day public event in France, tied to the Paris Fashion Week, where they showed off the Watch for the first time to the masses.
Considering the fact that the Apple Watch is scheduled to launch sometime in “early 2015,” Apple’s lack of details regarding their wearable isn’t surprising in the slightest. As we near the official launch, more details will come to light — and hopefully part of that will include longer-lasting battery life.
You can check out the full hands-on through the source link below.[via A Blog to Watch]