Whereas I haven’t worn an Apple Watch 100% of the time because the launch of the Sequence 0, I’ve owned each single one. There are advantages to carrying one for well being causes, and there are additionally causes to put on one for connectivity functions. I significantly love proudly owning a mobile model so I can go operating with out my iPhone or make a fast journey to the shop. As I talked about just a few weeks in the past, I may see future variations of the LTE Apple Watch as an awesome first cellphone for teenagers. There was one thing that has pissed off me concerning the Apple Watch from the primary day I owned it to at present, that’s when Apple Watch doesn’t have a community connection. Is it time for Apple to launch a model of Wi-Fi Help for Apple Watch?
Right here’s an instance of what occurs: I’ll have my iPhone downstairs on the charger. I’ll be upstairs to play with my children, clear up, and so forth. I’ll need to lookup one thing by way of Siri, and I’ll understand my Apple Watch is on this in-between state of being linked to my iPhone by way of Bluetooth, not utilizing Wi-Fi but, and never even making an attempt to make use of the LTE connection. The Apple Watch will fail at trying up one thing with Siri, it’ll day trip on e mail, and be sluggish to ship iMessages. It’s extraordinarily irritating to personal a tool that has 3 ways to hook up with a community however doesn’t do any of them.
Right here’s what I believe is occurring: to preserve battery life, Apple Watch prefers to be linked to the iPhone always. When I’m in my home, I get in these conditions the place I’m simply shut sufficient to the iPhone for it to strive to tether, however not do something. If I used to be any additional away, I’d be on Wi-Fi. Since I’m in a bizarre in-between state, Apple Watch simply fails and offers up (which isn’t perfect).
On a latest episode of Below the Radar, David Smith and Marco Arment talked about what they’d love to do with the ability positive aspects in future variations of Apple Watch. David talks about how because the Apple Watch has improved battery life, Apple hasn’t made the precise watch battery final lots longer, however somewhat they’ve added issues like mobile, quicker processor, and so forth. This course of is similar to how the iPhone, iPads, and Macs have progressed. We nonetheless don’t have a Macbook Air that lasts for days with out charging, however somewhat as battery know-how has improved, Apple has leveraged that for added options whereas maintaining the identical battery life. David talked about that he’d prefer to see steady coronary heart ranking monitoring for Apple Watch. Marco talked about that he’d prefer to see an always-on Apple Watch face.
This episode acquired me enthusiastic about what I might need Apple to do to repair this long-standing drawback with Apple Watch. I wish to see a setting for future variations of watchOS that has a model of Wi-Fi Help for Apple Watch. Right here’s the official description of Wi-Fi Help for iOS:
With Wi-Fi Help, you possibly can keep linked to the Web even when you have a poor Wi-Fi connection. For instance, should you’re utilizing Safari with a poor Wi-Fi connection and a webpage doesn’t load, Wi-Fi Help will activate and robotically change to mobile in order that the webpage continues to load. You should utilize Wi-Fi Help with most apps like Safari, Apple Music, Mail, Maps, and extra. When Wi-Fi Help is activated, you’ll see the mobile information icon within the standing bar in your machine. Since you’ll keep linked to the Web over mobile when you will have a poor Wi-Fi connection, you may use extra mobile information.
How I see this engaged on Apple Watch is that as quickly as watchOS realizes it will probably’t full a request over Bluetooth, rapidly connect with Wi-Fi, and if that fails, rapidly soar on mobile. Even when it used extra battery, that will be higher than the request failing. Proper now, when the Apple Watch fails at finishing a process, it utterly negates the aim of the machine.