Apple Watch Use Cases

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Runt888, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2008
    I originally posted this in a front page thread but figured it would get more responses as its own thread.

    When the Apple Watch was first announced, I was most excited about the fitness tracking aspects. I've been in the market for a good fitness tracker, and I generally really like Apple products, so it seemed like a perfect fit (other than having to wait for it to be released...).

    Practically every day since the announcement I think of a new use case that's not related to health tracking (a lot of them revolve around using Siri "hands-free"). Couple of examples:
    1. When grilling/cooking, ask Siri to start a timer without having to interrupt what I'm doing to wash my hands and pull my phone out of my pocket.
    2. Being able to message people safely while driving without having to take my eyes off the road and fumble with a phone (which I don't do now, in case anyone was wondering). Just being able to lift my wrist towards my face and say something like "Hey Siri, ask my wife if she picked up the mail" and then having an easy and quick way to see the response is awesome.

    Does anyone else have any good examples?
  2. MarcoCapa macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2013
    Make a phone call in car without loosing the driver license and risking life and without a dumb bluetooth headset

    Last day i noticed also the need for a watch that can give me info and directions while on phone (phone on the ear apple watch for the directions)

    Change slides in a presentation without need to touch the mac or ipad
  3. Runt888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2008
    I never even thought of this since my car has hands free calling built in. But for people without that in their car I can see it being a great option.

    Also, my car is old enough that you have to manually type in contacts to the hands free system, and for each one record their name if you want to enable voice dialing. Being able to initiate a call using the Apple Watch would be awesome even if it ends up being routed through the car speakers.
  4. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Funny, after your #1 I was just going to ask if you can simply do a "hey siri" for the watch. Because that would certainly be useful when you aren't hands free, but I believe for now siri is activated by holding down on the digital crown?
  5. Runt888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2008
    According to you can press and hold the digital crown, or raise the watch and say "Hey Siri."
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Does the watch have speakers? I was under the impression that you need a Bluetooth headset to hear any sound from the watch.
  7. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007

  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Interesting, thanks for the info. I wonder how loud/clear the sound will be.
  9. Technodynamic macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2012
    If it's the same as the iPhone 6 speaker I'll be very happy. that one is much better imo than the iPhone 5.
  10. dylman macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2014
    The idea that occurred to me was turn-by-turn navigation while skiing, with avalanche and weather alerts thrown in.
  11. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Yep. There are many use cases where you can look at a watch, but can't pull your phone out.

    Think playing sports (like a football QB could get play calls from the coach on the coach's phone, which on the sidelines would be within Bluetooth distance)

    Running, working outside in the cold (where it's hard to dig in pockets for a phone), construction workers, heck any retail or fast food workers can glance at a watch while working, and the boss won't mind as much as someone taking out a phone.
  12. Runt888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2008
    I was thinking about sports - I play hockey and would love to have the health tracking aspect while doing it, but I'd be afraid to wear such an expensive device while playing a contact sport. I guess that's a benefit of a cheap health band over a full-featured smart watch.
  13. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
    Informing your heist buddy to stall the security guard as you caught your leg in a toilet whilst coming in through the window of the bathroom and then you grabbed hold of a medicine cabinet which collapsed on you and now you can't see as it's on your head and you're afraid to let go of the toilet roll holder.

    Real world cases for real people. Actually, I'm playing too much GTAV.

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