Apple Watch Features I Couldn’t Live Without

Almost two weeks ago I purchased a Space Gray 42mm Apple Watch Sport Edition. I was very hesitant to purchase an Apple Watch when they were first made available in 2015, but over the last two weeks I have fallen in love with my purchase. I have become accustomed to navigating and using the watch on a daily basis and have found several features that I could not live without after using the watch. Below is a list of the features (in no particular order) that I have found to be most helpful on a daily basis. 

Watch Faces

Probably the most important feature in a watch is the way it looks and the Apple Watch provides ample methods of customization for a variety of scenarios. To customize the watch face the user simply has to touch harder on the face of the watch and choose between a preset of choices given by Apple. Faces can range from simple to complex, and can include the time, date, shortcuts to other applications, a favorite color, and even a single photo or photo gallery. The faces are easy to interchange allowing users to have the best watch face for the perfect moment, a feature only a smartwatch could offer.

This is just one example of what an Apple Watch face could look like

This is just one example of what an Apple Watch face could look like

Glances

Glances provide a quick and easy method to access information or settings quickly. Users simply have to swipe up from the bottom of their screen while on the watch face to access glances. Most apps offer glances and they can be rearranged quickly in the Apple Watch application on an iPhone. Users can control media playback, quickly turn on/off certain settings, check their heartbeat, and much more. This feature is quick and easy to accomplish without wasting time loading an app or pulling out a phone, making it one of my must-have features.

 

Apple's media control in glances

Apple's media control in glances

Apple's "control center" in glances

Apple's "control center" in glances

Apple Pay

When Apple introduced Apple Pay in October of 2014 it soon became a huge hit. Users can simply put their supported credit/debit card on their iPhone and pay with their phone at any checkout that supports wireless payment. The Apple Watch simplifies the already easy task even further. In the Apple Watch application on the iPhone users can sync certain cards to the watch. When a customer arrives at a checkout, users have to double-tap the side button to bring up the Apple Pay prompt. A card must be chosen and then a user has to hold their watch near the reader. This feature makes Apple Pay that much more convenient and will continue to reinvent the way consumers pay for their products. 

 

Apple Pay on the Apple Watch

Apple Pay on the Apple Watch

“Locate” iPhone

Now this feature is very small but it comes in very handy. In glances Apple has a settings view which is very much like Control Center on iOS devices. In that view there is a feature called Ping iPhone that will play an audible sound for about 3-5 seconds through the iPhone the watch is connected too. This feature makes the times when finding a lost phone in a house ten times easier and has been looked over in many articles. 

The Apple Watch has many more magnificent features but above are the ones I find most helpful. With watchOS 3 launching this fall hundreds of new features will be released and existing features will be made better. If you are in the market for a new smart watch and have an iPhone, I would highly recommend strongly looking into purchasing an Apple Watch.