4 Apple Watch Tricks You Didn’t Know About
Quickly Silence Your Phone, Dictate Messages, Change Time, and Find Your Missing iPhone
Unlike the original or even the most recent iPhone, where I got up to speed in a matter of hours, having an Apple Watch is a continual learning experience.
Given its almost button free design and myriad functions, along with a processor that has more horsepower than a mainframe just a decade ago, many features remain hidden and generally unknown.
Here are some tricks that even those who have had the watch for a while don’t seem to know about.
SIRI TAKES DICTATION
Siri can be summoned in one of two ways and will transcribe e-mail messages and text messages accurately in my experience. To call upon Siri’s services, lift your arm up to illuminate the watch face or press and hold the Digital Crown and say “Hey Siri, send a text message to Jonathan Spira.” Siri will give you a choice of predetermined text such as “OK,” “Thank you,” “Can’t talk now” and so on (all of this is editable by the user to meet individual needs) or you can press the dictation button and Siri will transcribe what you say or send the message in your own voice.
YOU CAN SET YOUR WATCH AHEAD A FEW MINUTES
In an age when most devices that display time seem to get their signals from somewhere (either a timeserver on the Internet or the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which sends a shortwave signal to many clocks with the year, date, hour, minute, and whether Daylight Saving Time is in effect).
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