Basic functionality questions I haven't quite figured out.

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by gwynne, Apr 9, 2015.

  1. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    I currently use my iPhone for two audio-based entertainment options, along with Bluetooth headphones:

    1) Podcasts.

    2) Text-to-speech playback of textfiles using an iOS app called Voice Dream.

    In this setup, I have a certain amount of transport functionality on the LG Tone BT headset, although certain things still require fumbling with the phone.

    I can't quite figure out the synergy between the phone and the watch for this sort of thing.

    --Does the Watch handle its own podcasts, or is it simply acting as a transport-control mechanism for podcasts stored from and transmitting from the phone? (Or does it even do that much?)

    --Ditto text-to-speech apps. I know the developers would need to make a Watch-specific version, but the voice files are pretty large. I guess this is not a function likely to become untethered from a phone?

    --If I'm on the treadmill at the gym, and my phone is in a locker about 200 feet away, I can still ... receive phone calls, texts, play back ... what media? on the Watch?

    Thanks. I've watched a lot of the media and read several of yesterday's reviews, I'm just still not clear on some of it.

    EDIT: I just read the thread below, so I'll add into the mix that the gym has wifi, if that matters for question 3.
  2. mprofit macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2009
    This may not completely answer your questions, but I think I can help.

    Podcasts: It doesn't look like you can sync podcasts onto the Watch, the way you can sync music onto it, per The Verge's review here: (under "Walk it Off"-"Music"). Looks like you can still control playback though.

    As far as answering calls and such at the gym, I think the Watch needs to be within either Bluetooth or WiFi range to pull from your iPhone. I read somewhere on here that Bluetooth range is ~30 feet, so if you're connecting via Bluetooth, that's your limit; if you're on WiFi, I'd guess you would be able to do all of that from much farther away. There's also this article to consider:

    Hope this helps.
  3. gwynne thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010

    After spending a couple of years swearing I would never get a 'phablet', I caved and got a 6+. I like it, but I hate hauling it around with me at the gym, as I am obliged to do when I'm on call at work (and for music/podcast/other audio delivery to my bluetooth headset). Since the Watch will already replace my oft-washed fitbit, I was hoping to be able to untether (not literally, more physically) from the phone as well.

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