How will Apple Watch use data from iPhone?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by 3rdiguy, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. 3rdiguy macrumors 6502a

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    Is the watch going to drain data via hotspot functionality? Will it tether via Bluetooth like pebble? I just want to know because I will only have 5GB data for tethering and want to know how that will work.
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    As far as you cell provider is concered it doesn't matter since data is data. If it ultimatly comes or goes through your provider it will count whether the aWatch uses Hotspot or BT.
     
  3. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Depends on what you're doing with the watch.

    Normally, the data flow would be simply between the watch and the phone. So notifications, weather updates, time update, viewing gallery photos, etc ... i.e. info that already exists on the phone... should not use up more data.

    Now, if you wanted to display Maps, then of course the phone (or the watch via the phone) will have to use up your data allowance.
     
  4. JeepGC macrumors regular

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    I imagine it'll use Bluetooth to communicate.
     
  5. Supermallet macrumors 65816

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    It will have to use bluetooth. Not everyone has data plans that allow for tethering.
     
  6. Julien macrumors G3

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    Apple

    "...Apple Watch also features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 to pair seamlessly with your iPhone...."
     
  7. JeepGC macrumors regular

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    Interesting that they didn't include at least 802.11n. B/g seems very outdated, especially now with AC gaining traction.
     
  8. Julien macrumors G3

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    Because it's not for connecting to a WiFi and your aWatch will not connect to your Mac/PC. It is just a aWatch to iPhone hotspot a lot like AirPlay. Just like AirPlay the aWatch/iPhone will be using BT and WiFi to communicate to each other but it will be invisible to you how it's working.

    It looks like you will have an App on your iPhone that will be the aWatch App/control/setting/.... interface to the aWatch.
     

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