Possible to Pair Watch with iPad instead of iPhone?

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  1. BruiserB macrumors 65816

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    Is it possible to pair an Apple Watch to an iPad instead of an iPhone?

    If so, would you be able to NFC ApplePay with the Watch? Would I need the iPad with me when I pay? Or just at the time I put it on my wrist?

    I don't really make cellular calls with my iPhone (I usually use Google Voice through Hangouts) and my 6+ has also replaced my iPad. But I was thinking that maybe I could get an iPad mini with cellular service and pair it with a Watch. That would give me a little bigger screen for web stuff, but still a small screen for notifications or whatever on the Watch.
     
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  3. BruiserB thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So not even with one of the newer iPads that support in app ApplePay? :(
     
  4. omgitscro macrumors 6502a

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    No.
     
  5. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    Unless a jailbreak comes out, it's iPhone 5 or newer at this point.
     
  6. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    You need the :apple:Watch app in order to pair it with a device. This app is currently only available for the iPhone and also requires either a 5 or 6 series iPhone model. The whole concept of the watch is to use it as a companion to a phone so it's not likely it will ever work with an iPad.
     
  7. BruiserB thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm not one to jailbreak. I guess I'll just have to hope Apple eventually opens it up to iPad.
     
  8. Armen macrumors 604

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    I don't see Apple doing that. Most people don't carry Cellular iPads around with them everywhere.
     
  9. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    It'll never happen, pretty much. The Watch is designed as a phone companion. You wouldn't even have universal internet access unless you bought a much more expensive cellular ipad and paid for an additional SIM/subscription...
     
  10. BruiserB thread starter macrumors 65816

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    An iPad mini with cellular connection is cheaper than an iPhone 6 Plus and has a larger screen. Since it would be my only iDevice, it wouldn't be an "additional" SIM subscription. I use Google Voice as my phone number anyway so I don't need a cellular voice connection. Even now I use the T-mobile 5GB 100 minute $30 plan on my iPhone. So your logic doesn't apply in my situation. I'd get a larger screen iDevice for less money and have the Apple Watch as a small screen companion.
     
  11. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, for you perhaps, but most people (meaning like, a couple billion people on this planet) have a cell phone as their standard cellular device, and the phone number associated with it as their phone number. :)
     
  12. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I suspect your'e in the minority and therefore not someone Apple will cater for.
     
  13. richardmu macrumors 6502a

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    Well put. I've got the same issue as the OP but the only answer appears to be the purchase of a cheap iPhone if there is such h a thing!
     
  14. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    Lol, yeah, I know what you mean. :p A 8 or 16 GB iP5C would probably be your cheapest choice. The 5S is a much more powerful device though with better everything all-round, pretty much (except RAM, which is the same), while also being smaller and lighter (and IMO, prettier.)

    It shouldn't be fatally expensive either now when it is a low-end device, whereas the 5C is said to be somewhat sluggish already on iOS8, and who knows how it'll feel with iOS9. Experience teaches us: not good...
     
  15. BruiserB thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, I'm not exactly suggesting they have iPad pairing capability instead of iPhone pairing! I'd be fine if they satisfied the couple of billion people too! ;-)

    It's not like there's a technical reason they can't add iPad support. Unless they're afraid there's a bigger market than just me who might skip buying a higher margin iPhone in favor of an iPad mini! :rolleyes:
     

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