10 outstanding Apple Watch features

Apple has set the stage for another big event on March 9th, when it is expected to tell us more about the Apple Watch. We already know a lot: the timepiece will arrive sometime in April…
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7. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

What the hell is number 10

9. maherk

Posts: 6882; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They were running out of features, and they had to find something to fill the top 10 list.

14. Iodine

Posts: 1482; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

What about siri, or force touch, or the very first iAmoled or that super cool charging mechanism.... There are tons of Apple tech in that little square but of course it doesn't mean much if you won't buy them anyway.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Force touch, that's actually the new and unique feature it has over the competition.

94. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That is false. All force touch is is the following: When you touch the display very quickly, the device wont respond. Why? Because it is a timer. A light tough is quick, a harder touch is simply longer. You cant hard press equally the same as a light press. Thus the watch is design to time how long your touch lasted. If it last longer tan the default time, the device will simply respond. This technology has been in touch displays for years. Giving it some fancy name is just marketing BS that you keep falling for. Force Touch is equal to Retina Display. It means nothing. It is not unique or new.

95. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

To add - What does Retina Display mean. It means so many pixels are packed into a 1" square. Again this has been done for years. How do you think they can fit a 1080p display into a smaller device, because they have to pack more pixels into an inch of space. But they don't market it as a name. The Galaxy Note 4 has a 2K display. How do you think they can fit a 2K resolution into a desvice with a 5.5" screen? Easy, they have to pack more pixel into a given amount of space at an even number to equal the same resolution. The IPS display does this, except APple used none standard resolutions which was and is still dumb. Just like Retina HD means nothing. All they did was take the IPS display and give it 1080p, making it full HD by standard, not Retina HD which means nothing. Retina displays are HD in that they are High Density which is also misleading as it is not equal to Full HD or High Definition. High Density vs High Definition are 2 distinct things that are not the same. High Definition has a standard, while high density doesn't. Marketing a specification as a feature is misleading and is false advertising.

96. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Also to add to Force Touch. When you touch harder vs light, your finger also creates a larger footprint. The device can be design to say if the footprint exceeds a certain size, that this is a more confirmed touch vs a light one. This is controlled by software and is also not new as it too has existed in touch displays for years. Todays manufacturing capabilities simply have allowed it to be done on a much smaller scale. It is not new, it is not unique. It is very similar to what has been called Phantom Touches. This was an issue with many touch displays where the screens were responding to touches that weren't even happening.

69. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

There is no such thing as "Apple tech". Apple can't engineer jacks**t.

93. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

First off the display isn't AMOLED, its LCD, which means the battery life is going to suck, you know like how they do on iPhones and iPads? While the Apple Watch has only 2.5hours of onscreen usage, my Gear S last a full day plus. I know because I set the watch face to stay on all day and it still last 2.5 days on a single charge. The charging back? IT LOOKS COOL, its purpose is to charge and it app uses the points as the GPS thingie. Its a nice touch, but dumb, because if you are using it to navigate, you still need to view the screen. Siri? I am sure Siri only works if you are connected to the phone. In the Gear S, the full database for S-Voice is in the device. In fact I can turn off, WiFI, BT and 3G and S-Voice still works equally as fast because the database is stored on the device, NOT IN THE CLOUD. That is a huge plus and its very fast. I also have cooler watch faces that I can edit to show different things, including links to apps and I can design my own watch faces which YOU CAN'T.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It saves you the trouble of actually looking up to see where the sun is, so you can have more time to look on your screen.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Reb, how goes it?

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Great :) Been a busy boy at work, so not that much free time. But getting paid over time, so money to spend haha. How are you doing?

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same bro, work, gym, family. I love the OT, but hating working for it. In my line of work, you wanna be there as little as possible lol. It's better for the blood pressure lol.

33. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Haha nothing so sweet as easy money. Shame Apple cancelled the blood pressure sensor ;)

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, but it woulda been a major battery killer.

51. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Agreed, I do wonder how they would have done that, how the sensor would work. Also curious about the heart rate sensor with improved precision, first off improved against what? The old iteration of the Watch? Second will it be precise enough, because the sensor on the LG sucks... although that could be my hairy arms.

83. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Is for the best Reb. Blood pressure is dependent upon many components such: conditions of individual, circumference of arm, Rx etc. that little device would had displayed false info, FDA Wasn't going for it.

62. AlikMalix unregistered

I actually was pleased for #10... I work in construction and during winter months the daylight does sneak away quite fast. and then you're with a strap on light like an idiot cleaning up for the day... You'll be surprised how fast daylight disappears when you're concentrating on your work. I do a lot of electrical myself - so lights are shut down for safety.. I set timers for about 30 minutes before sundown, but I dont have my phone close by with me most of the time... Just hate to be in customers house after dark - unprofessional, or even creepy sometimes...

63. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

But the question is, most of the features need the smartphone (in general, same goes for AW). So will it show sun position too when it's not connected through bluetooth (since that only connects within 10 m orso). It needs your location and it uses the GPS of your phone.

64. AlikMalix unregistered

True... Will see I guess... but your Home Automation set up is pretty cool... I got some stuff with my iPhone - but I'm reserving my FULL-ON after there's a common hub among all of it or at least ONE popular stands out... I've been seeing different hubs from different stores and you just dont know which to fully invest into yet... maybe this year... we'll see... Apple made it extreemly easier with Home Kit, but still picking and choosing your favorites include hubs from different manufacturers... my computer desk already has external drives, modem, speakers router and a hub - it's already cluttered...

65. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Same here, there's a lot left to automate but they need to work with the device you have. I like Home kit a lot, just one central hub for all your automation and Apple provides the api's for the makers. And while I can automate just about everything with Tasker/plugins and widgets to make life easier. Google really need to step up their game in home automation. Not to mention make sure their version of home kit doesn't data mine everything it can. Most of my computer equipment is in a closet. So server, 2 nasses (what's the plural of nas? lol), modem and a switch. The router/wifi AP is on the ceiling somewhere. So my desk is pretty clean. But agreed, it's hard to tell what brands to get, hopefully the big boys will make it easier for people. For the time being, I only 'need' to buy some estimote beacons, so I can automate some more (without even needing a watch).

67. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Oh and I need some pixies as well :) https://www.getpixie.com/

73. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey, yeah I've been waiting for that - are they shipping already or still taking preorders? I like Tile as well - I just wish more people had that app - it allows you to use other's phones to locate your items.

76. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Still pre-orders and no indication when they ship. Tiles are cool too, some of these companies have brilliant ideas. That locating using other people's phone for example. Something like that needs to be bought by Apple or Google and make it part of their OS.

81. AlikMalix unregistered

Whoa... You can read my brain dude. Making it part of the OS was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the features of "Tile"

13. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I like the last one,but its probably a gimmick with no real life usage...and yes u do need to take it off every day when u need to charge it(what about us party ppl who sleep in the morning :O )...and yes some of these feature are already available in other smartwatches...and yes it will sell in millions in states if not anywhere else coz others will not be able to afford this expensive bs

19. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Solar watch face. LOL give me a break :-)

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Looking forward to wristing one of these puppies.

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Which one will you get? Ofcourse I won't get one (since I don't have an iPhone) but that Milanese strap is very beautiful.
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