Thoughts please on wired headphones use

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  1. dtdt123 macrumors member

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    Hi all.

    I've just read the Apple Watch review from Cnet.
    http://www.cnet.com/uk/products/apple-watch/

    The following paragraph has an interesting and slightly concerning mention on wired headphone use:

    Apple Watch's calling and speakerphone elements are like what Samsung's Gear watches have offered: the watch connects with your phone remotely. Apple's microphone is excellent: people I called had no problem hearing me and didn't even know I wasn't on my phone, even with the watch down at chest level. But I found that I had to lift the watch up to my face, mainly so I could hear them. It wasn't always easy: the speaker's volume is on the low end and a little tinny. You can use Bluetooth headphones, but oddly, you can't use the Apple Watch as a remote to place calls while your phone is in your pocket and your wired headphones are on.

    Now, I'm happy enough to use my headphone switch to activate Siri to make a call (though I'd rather have the choice to use my watch), but I'm not sure this is what he means?

    I use my wired headphones a lot so what are your thoughts please?
     
  2. applegeek01 macrumors 6502

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    There is no headphone jack for you to use your wired headphones. It's going to have to be wireless or nothing.
     
  3. M-5 macrumors 65816

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    Well a couple of things:

    Yes, you can listen to music stored on the watch (that you transfer to the watch using the iPhone watch app). Then you can listen to this music with bluetooth headphones from the watch without needing the iPhone. You apparently cannot however listen to the music from the watch's speakers.

    You can also choose a song from your watch and chose to play it on your iPhone. In this way, you're using the watch as a remote control. So you could have the iPhone connected to headphones or an auxiliary jack and control the music using your watch.

    As for phone calls, you can answer calls on your wrist, and this will therefore route the phone through to the watch instead of the phone on the watch's speaker. If you answer on the iPhone, it will come through to the iPhone. If you're listening to music using Apple's earbuds from the iPhone and receive a call, you can answer the phone by clicking the button on the earbuds if you want to have the conversation come in through the iPhone. I don't think it's possible to answer the phone from the watch and have it come through to the phone. It would probably add another level of complexity and confuse people.
     
  4. dtdt123 thread starter macrumors member

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    Please read again.

    You can use Bluetooth headphones, but oddly, you can't use the Apple Watch as a remote to place calls while your phone is in your pocket and your wired headphones are on.
     
  5. applegeek01 macrumors 6502

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    My bad
     
  6. dtdt123 thread starter macrumors member

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    This is what I'm hoping he means, thanks.
    It would be ok if I can see who is calling then answer with my earbuds, but what about making calls while wearing earbuds?
    Use Siri on the phone only?
     
  7. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000

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    you can answer calls on your phone from the watch, so I don't see why it wouldn't let you pick the phone as your call "source"

    have you see the phone guided tour?
    http://www.apple.com/watch/built-in-apps/
     
  8. dtdt123 thread starter macrumors member

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    I had previously, thanks, maybe the transfer to iPhone will transfer to earbuds for incoming calls, not sure about outgoing calls though?
     
  9. dtdt123 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hopefully I've figured this out now.

    I'm guessing that you can start to make a call on the watch then scroll the digital crown upwards (as shown on the guided tour on Aplle website) revealing the option to transfer the call to your phone and therefore the earbuds.

    I'm guessing the reviewer didn't read this part of the manual.

    I'm confident that Apple wouldn't have screwed this up anyway.
     

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