What You Can Do With Apple Watch When Your Paired iPhone is Out of Range [iOS Blog]

Apple Watch uses both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to transfer data to the iPhone. It defaults to a Bluetooth connection whenever possible because it conserves power, but if your iPhone is not in Bluetooth range, Apple Watch will switch over to compatible Wi-Fi if it is available.

For Wi-Fi to work on Apple Watch, it needs to be 802.11b/g/n on a 2.4GHz band. It will not connect to the faster speed 5GHz Wi-Fi, nor will it connect to public networks requiring logins, subscriptions, or profiles. It will also not work if your paired iPhone has never connected to the local Wi-Fi network before. This is because Apple Watch cannot configure new Wi-Fi networks on its own. It can connect to networks that you have set up on the paired phone.

When your paired iPhone is out of range, and it is not connected to the same Wi-Fi network, there are a number of features that are still available:

You can play music from a synced playlist. Add music via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and sync Apple Watch by placing it on the charger. You can store up to 2GB of music.

You can use the clock, alarm, timer, and stopwatch. All functions for each of those apps are available when your iPhone is out of range.

You can track stand, move, and exercise actions through the Activity app. This information will sync with your iPhone when you are back in range.

You can track workouts in the Workout app. It is a good idea to calibrate your Apple Watch first in order to get the most accurate reading.

You can display photos from a synced photo album. Add albums via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Photos sync immediately.

Use Apple Pay at participating retail stores to make purchases. When the payment kiosk is in range, open the Apple Pay app to make a transaction.

There are also a few additional things you can do if your paired iPhone is out of range but you are still on the same Wi-Fi network. For example, if your phone was at your desk, but you are five flights up in the same office building on the same network, or if you were on campus and you left your phone in your locker (assuming the Wi-Fi is compatible and doesn’t require logins, subscriptions, or profiles).

You can send and receive texts via iMessage.

If you know someone else with an Apple Watch, you can send and receive Digital Touch messages.

You can use Siri to check your calendar, set reminders, and more.

You can check Weather, Email, Reminders, the Calendar app, and all native apps.

Check your current location using Apple Maps.

You can also access most third-party apps.

If you forget where you left your iPhone while wandering the halls, you can ping it using Apple Watch. Swipe up from the watch face and swipe to the first Glances screen. Then, tap the Ping button. This will activate a loud audio signal on your iPhone, even if the ringer is set to silent. If you use a long tap, it’ll also cause the flash on the iPhone to trigger. This feature is great for times when you’ve lost your iPhone. Keep in mind that Apple Watch must be connected to your iPhone either via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for this feature to work.

If, for some reason, your Apple Watch disconnects from your paired iPhone, follow our how-to guide to fix the problem.

Apple Watch works best when paired to your iPhone via Bluetooth. Data transfers between both devices are smoother, faster, and take up less energy. However, you can still work when your paired iPhone is not in Bluetooth range, as long as they are both on the same Wi-Fi network. An added bonus is that Apple Watch has about a half-dozen useful features that work, even when it is not connected to your iPhone at all.





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Video Review: A Look at Incipio’s Folio Cases for iPad Air 2 [iOS Blog]

Our newest video review takes a look at a selection of iPad Air 2 cases from popular accessory maker Incipio. The Tuxen, the Octane, and the Clarion are all multi-purpose folio-style cases that offer varying degrees of protection without adding a lot of bulk to Apple’s ultra slim iPad Air 2.

The Tuxen is the most expensive at $50, and it’s also the case that looks the nicest. It offers full protection with a vegan leather front cover that has a microsuede lining and a polycarbonate hard shell to protect the back of the iPad.

The Octane is designed to offer more protection, so it’s thicker. It has the same vegan leather cover and polycarbonate back shell, but it also comes with a textured bumper for better protection against drops and its backing is clear so you can see the iPad. Like the Octane, the Clarion, the most inexpensive case we looked at, offers a clear back shell so you can see the rear of the iPad. It has a vegan leather front cover and its backing is actually flexible.

We liked all three folio cases, but there was a problem that afflicted all of them – the stand feature built into the cover. All three have covers that fold back to be used as a stand, but the tab on the back that holds the cover in place means the iPad doesn’t lie flat when it’s placed on a surface like a desk. For the Clarion specifically, the latch was weak and wouldn’t reliably keep the iPad in place.

All three cases come in a wide variety of colors and can be purchased from the Incipio website. The Tuxen is priced at $50, the Octane is priced at $40, and the Clarion is priced at $34.99.

On Amazon, the cases can be purchased at even lower prices, depending on color choice. $31 for the Tuxen, $27 for the Octane, and $22 for the Clarion.





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Apple Looking to Sign Drake, Pharrell and David Guetta as iTunes Radio Guest DJs

Apple is in talks to sign Toronto-born rapper Drake, hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams and electronic music DJ David Guetta as guest DJs for a revamped iTunes Radio, according to the New York Post. The report also claims that Apple continues to negotiate with record labels for Apple Music and wants to offer a three-month free trial period for the $10-a-month streaming music service.

Apple Music will reportedly combine the best features of Pandora, Spotify and YouTube into one service, including streaming music and video, artist pages, a YouTube-style sharing section called Apple Connect and a refreshed version of iTunes Radio. Apple also wanted to offer lyrics as part of the service, but does not want to pay extra to record labels to offer the feature.

Apple is expected to announce its new streaming music service on June 8 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, building upon the assets it acquired through its Beats Music purchase last year. The company will reportedly push customers to sign up for Apple Music by offering SoundCloud-like sharing, exclusive content and the aforementioned three-month free trial period.





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