Question about how the Apple watch works

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Armen, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. Armen macrumors 604

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    I'm unclear about something and would appreciate some feedback.

    The watch has 3 modes from my understanding:

    You are either interacting with a (1)notification that has come from the iPhone or you are (2)initiating an action directly from the watch itself or (3) you are viewing information such as glances that don't require interaction.

    Regarding #1 where are the actions to a notification defined? Does a dev need to update their iphone app to include quick interactions when notifications are sent to the watch? I hope this isn't the case because it's kind of silly to have identical watch apps for every iPhone app just to be able to reply or interact with a notification.

    -Armen
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    As per the keynote any notification that your phone gets is available to your watch
     
  3. Armen thread starter macrumors 604

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    I know that!

    I'm talking about what actions you can take on that notification. Where are those defined?
     
  4. troop231 macrumors 603

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    They're defined in the app extensions, so yes, devs will need to update their iPhone apps.
     
  5. Armen thread starter macrumors 604

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    Ok, and in order to initiate anything from the watch itself an app needs to be installed I take it? For example you could not call for an uber car unless you had the uber app installed on the watch itself.
     
  6. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Yup.
     
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  8. Armen thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thanks I'll check it out.
     
  9. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    It's worth noting though (or so I believe anyway, heh), that if you have a Watch synched to your iPhone, it will automatically be updated with app extensions without need for further user intervention. Like you install an app on your iPad, it will also appear on your iPhone, assuming there is room for it that is...
     
  10. Armen thread starter macrumors 604

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    Hmm so if I installed instagram and it had a watch app it would install that as well? Not sure I'm ok with that because I may not want the watch app version but am ok with notifications from the iphone app.
     
  11. troop231 macrumors 603

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    It won't install it automatically. Think of it as the widgets in Notification Center. Instead of tapping the edit button in Notification Center, you'll 'install' the app extension by using the companion app.
     
  12. Armen thread starter macrumors 604

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    Ah Ok.
     
  13. KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a

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    I HOPE not. I just cleaned up my phone and iPad last night to get rid of all of the extra unwanted apps that got installed. On the iTunes side I finally noticed the checkbox to install everything usable by the device when synching. I have apps that I want just on my phone and apps that I want just on my iPad.

    I really do not want anything auto downloaded to my watch. It would be nice though if an app would know the difference of sending the notification to a watch or a phone screen and possibly format it for the device.

    Now if I could just figure out how to permanently delete old apps from my iTunes so they never come back to any device. (never mind. just figured it out)
     
  14. zaneliu94 macrumors regular

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    I Just thought of a question for  Watch.

    So when I get a text and I'm not on my phone, does my watch haptic tap AND my phone vibrate? Do I need to manually adjust the settings or will iPhone automatically adjust when paired?
     
  15. Armen thread starter macrumors 604

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    Something tells me if your watch is on your wrist all notifications come to the watch and when you take the watch off your wrist it goes to the phone. It may also be customizable.
     
  16. zaneliu94 macrumors regular

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    That'd be great. Fits Apple's simplicity of use and makes my life easier
     
  17. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    uber app on iPhone- uber app watch kit extension on Watch. Not technically an app. Those are coming later this year.
     
  18. Armen thread starter macrumors 604

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    If that's the case good. What differentiates the need for an app or just an extension from the phone app?
     
  19. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    No idea on that at the moment. I guess Apple will let us know at WWDC.
     

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