Apple Watch in the Office

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ipaine, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. ipaine macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2015
    I've been using my Apple Watch since Friday, but it's my first day back in the office and I thought I'd share my experience of Apple Watch in this environment with you.

    My job is highly demanding (this note will be brief) and I rarely have time to check my phone. Now that I'm wearing Apple Watch, I know exactly when friends and family are trying to get hold of me. More importantly, I know at a flick of my wrist whether they require an immediate response or not. My phone is on silent at work, and I often miss things because of this. No longer. Despite having Apple Watch on silent mode, the haptic feedback is clear and notifies me as soon as I receive a message. This is so useful.

    My job also requires me to spend a long time in front of a computer or in long meetings. I know sitting for such long periods is bad for my health, despite the fact that I work out 4 or 5 times a week. Again, the Apple Watch has solved this by providing handy stand reminders. Unlike some reviewers, I don't find these annoying. On the contrary, it's been good to stretch my legs once an hour and I'm sure I'll notice some health benefits over an extended period of use.

    One thing I'm really interested to see is how my caffeine intake (which I would say is small to moderate, rather than substantial) affects my heart rate. If there was an app that I could use to log when I enjoyed a coffee that then compared consumption against my heart rate, that would be fascinating - although I'm sure I can guess already the effect it would have.

    Anyway, just a short note. Hope this provides some useful information to those waiting to receive their Apple Watch.
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I feel the same way about the apple watch inside the office. I leave my phone on silent (not even vibrate). It has also saved me crazy battery life. I usually leave work with around 70% battery on my phone. Granted, I have been doing this with a pebble for the last 2 years.
  3. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Yes, Stand reminder will be handy for those that working in office environment. Also, you can check your heartbeat with Glances.
  4. cinger0439 macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2010
    Thanks for posting. I sit in front of a computer all day and work in corporate America. Your post has given me some great ideas!
  5. TEBnewyork macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2009
    Our office is similar and why I originally got the Pebble. However, at launch notifications were like drinking through a firehose and it was too annoying. So, I missed calls that I would have like to have taken.

    I work remotely now so I don't need to silence everything but it is still really surprising how fast an hour goes by and it is telling me to stand. But that's a good thing. I do have to work out how quickly you need to heed to the stand before it doesn't give you credit for standing. Some of the times it told me to stand I needed to finish a task before I could get up and move around.
  6. Farns514 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    I feel exactly the same way - I sit behind a computer all day and are in meetings daily. I believe this will greatly help me to keep moving while at work even though i workout 4-5 times a week and sometimes twice a day.

    I work for a Global Conferencing/UC provider so I am excited to see all the Conferencing Apps on the :apple:watch

    Crossing my fingers that i get my watch this week!!
  7. Tom G. macrumors 68020

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    As an old Pebble user I can tell you that checking your watch to often when in a meeting can be embarrassing. My boss once thought I was implying that the meeting was going on too long. He was the presenter.
  8. Kazakaz macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2008
    Buffalo, NY
    I work in IT in a school. I have to have my phone on silent when I'm out in the building. With loose pants pockets, I sometimes don't feel my phone vibrate when the office calls me. I love having the watch now because I never miss a call.
  9. SinkOrSwim macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2012
    I will feel the same way when I get my watch. I just ordered it an hour ago. It was very difficult to decide since the one I ordered is my second choice. My first choice is like buying two watches with apple care+. From SB to SG.
  10. mama2twoboys macrumors newbie


    Mar 9, 2015
    thanks for that update! I too can never be with my phone and miss things all time time (which scares me, because my kids are in daycare!!)

    Can't wait for the watch!!
  11. TwinCitiesJHawk macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009
    Great Post. Thanks for sharing.

    Question for you as I am in a similar situation at work: If you go to a printer (20-30 feet away) or another floor for a meeting (same work public wifi network but too far from bluetooth) but leave the phone at your desk, are you still receiving these notifications from your phone ok?
  12. ipaine thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2015
    Good question. Yes, I'm pleased to say that I received some notifications in my firm's cafe area when I left my phone at my desk. There's no way bluetooth would go that far, so I suppose it must have come through WiFi. Very impressive and really useful.
  13. Alith macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2008
    London, UK.
    If you switch your phone to silent mode, does that also mute the watch? That would be very convenient, otherwise I'm going to have to remember to mute my watch as well in meetings/cinema.
  14. TwinCitiesJHawk macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009
    Again, many thanks for the original post and reply.
  15. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    Great review! My work environment and use case of the phone is almost exactly like yours. I constantly miss important texts or calls because my phone is always set to silent too when I am at work.

    Question: Can you turn on notifications only for certain (VIP) people? For example, can I set the watch to ensure that I get notified about texts, emails and WhatsApp messages only from my wife and no one else?
  16. antman2x2 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    New YAWK
    When you put either one in sleep mode, the other one goes into sleep mode as well.
  17. Alith, Apr 28, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2015

    Alith macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2008
    London, UK.
    Caffeine is one of the things measured by the Health app. I think there is a bluetooth tumbler that measures fluid intake and drink types? There are bound to be other health apps that let you manually input coffee intake.

  18. TwinCitiesJHawk macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009
    Just wanted to bump this thread as it maybe very useful for people just getting their watch or are on the fence
  19. pjschmid macrumors member


    Apr 16, 2015
    This will depend on the Wi-Fi in your office. My experience has not been as the other poster mentioned. My watch has not been connecting to the office Wi-Fi even though my phone does. I am imagine there are a myriad of security settings within the Wi-Fi network that could account for this.
  20. KateGladstone macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2013
    A workaround — send yourself a text message (could be a customized canned response) whenever you have a cup of coffee; then locate the time of each message on the Apple Watch's record of your heart rate.
  21. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    Not sure if it does!! I am having a double espresso at my workplace for the last 30 min and my resting heart rate is 55pm, as it usually is on the mornings.
  22. ddkkpp macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2011
    I work in various roles, and find the watch helps me most when im sitting at a desk. When in sales mode, it fares no better than my phone, because i have to ignore it.

    But i love the way it filters my notifications for me, and keeps me from getting distracted by my phone when sitting at a desk for multiple hours. The little taps to get you moving are great too!!
  23. TwinCitiesJHawk macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009
    you must be some jedi! My heart rate goes from 65 to 75 with my morning coffee


    great to know, thank you.
  24. HereBeMonsters macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2012
    Fareham, UK
    No, it doesn't. You have to mute both.

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