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Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course
Dec 02, 2016

Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course

Explore everything your Apple Watch can do in watchOS 3!

You’ll like your Apple Watch as much as author Jeff Carlson does after you’ve read this book and used its advice to integrate the Apple Watch into your life, taking advantage of its many features for helping you focus on what you care about the most. That could mean not missing notifications to help you keep up with co-workers, being free to stash your iPhone so you can enjoy the sunset without worrying that your sitter is trying to reach you, making sure you move enough to fill your activity rings for the day, or any other of a million things that make the watch right for you.

Jeff walks you through getting to know the Apple Watch, complete with a chapter on picking one out if you haven’t already, along with topics that teach you how to navigate among the watch’s screens with the physical controls, taps on the screen, and the Siri voice assistant.

You’ll also find advice on customizing watch faces, getting the notifications you want, handling text and voice communications, and using Apple’s core apps. A final chapter discusses taking care of your Apple Watch, including recharging, restarting, resetting, and restoring.

More Info

Read this ebook to Take Control of:

  • Picking out your own Apple Watch — first-generation, Series 1, or Series 2
  • Making watch face complications work for you
  • Key settings that most people will want to know about
  • Using the Control Center and Dock
  • Understanding how the watch interacts with your iPhone
  • Placing and receiving phone calls on the watch
  • Sending default (and customized) text messages
  • Seeing email from only certain people
  • Adding events to your calendar with Siri
  • Glancing at what’s next in your daily schedule
  • Managing reminders on your wrist
  • Loading your watch with photos
  • Using the watch as a button for your iPhone camera
  • Using Apple Pay from your watch
  • Putting tickets in your watch
  • Taking the Apple Watch out for exercise
  • Sending sketches and heartbeats to other Apple Watch owners
  • Getting navigation directions
  • Controlling an Apple TV or iTunes on the Mac with the Remote app
  • Unlocking a Mac with a tap on your wrist
  • Resetting a messed-up Apple Watch and force-quitting an app
What's New

What’s New in Version 1.3

Version 1.3 of this book is a significant update, which includes the following new information:

  • New Apple Watch models: Apple has introduced Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 1 models with important new features; flip ahead to Choosing an Apple Watch for an overview. Features specific to the Series 2 models also factor into many other parts of the book.

  • watchOS 3: The latest upgrade to the Apple Watch operating system is a massive overhaul with a heavily revised user interface, new apps, and many new and updated features, which are covered throughout the book. See What’s New in watchOS 3 for an introduction to the new features.

  • More icons: We’ve added more tiny icons throughout the text, as well as a Name That App sidebar that helps you match Home screen icons to app names.

  • Editorial adjustment: With the introduction of Apple Watch Series 2, which has a built-in GPS and is suitable for swimming, the Apple Watch has become a competent fitness tracker. As a result, I’ve removed the topic about other fitness trackers.

Update Plans

December 2, 2016 – Now that we’ve updated this book for watchOS 3 and the Series 1 and Series 2 watches, we have no immediate plans to update it again.

Posted by Lauri Reinhardt

  1. Apple Watch Series 3 Adds Cellular

    The Apple Watch sits solitary on your wrist, but it’s never been entirely alone. Every model since the beginning has relied heavily on the wireless Bluetooth connection to an iPhone for most of its smarts: running apps, looking up weather, interacting with Siri, and more.

    Starting with the just-announced Apple Watch Series 3, that invisible tether can be snipped—mostly. The new models incorporate a radio chip that enables the watch to communicate with LTE cellular networks on its own. You can go for a run and leave the phone behind without worrying that you’re incommunicado.

    A cellular Apple Watch has a few advantages: Siri is apparently faster, according to Apple, because the request isn’t being routed through the phone first. You can place and receive phone calls directly (although doing so drains the battery significantly, to the tune of about one hour of talk time). If you have an Apple Music subscription, you can stream Apple’s entire catalog via the watch (presumably to a set of AirPods, although the speaker will work, too).

    Personally, I’m geeking out at the fact that Apple is using the entire OLED screen as the cellular antenna, which means the watch remains the same size and design as previous models. There’s a lot of sophisticated circuitry under that water-sealed case.

    The Series 3 watches (which are also available in non-cellular configurations) boast improved performance thanks to a faster dual-core processor and elevation sensing via a new barometric altimeter. For more details, see Apple Watch Series 3 Goes Cellular.

    Of course, Apple also offers a bunch of new bands (although I’ve found perfectly good alternatives that cost decidedly less online), and if you’re looking for something different in terms of style, a new gray ceramic model is now available.

    All of the Series 3 watches are available for pre-order now starting at $349. They start to ship Sep. 22.

    This round also includes watchOS 4, which adds a few more faces, more fitness options, smarter heart rate monitoring, and more. See “watchOS 4 Focuses on Fun and Fundamentals” for a good rundown.

    Posted by Lauri Reinhardt (Permalink)

  2. Jeff and Joe on Serial Collaboration and Apple Watch

    Jeff Carlson and Joe Kissell spend some time with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices describing what’s new in their co-authored Crash Course about Apple Watch and how the current edition came about. Learn what special Watch features float each of their boats and more in this timely interview.

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  3. Talking about Apple Watch Book Update at MacVoices

    The ever-gracious Chuck Joiner and Jeff sat down on MacVoices to talk about the latest update to Jeff’s book, a discussion that covered topics such as the strengths and weaknesses of the Apple Watch almost a year in, which important changes are in watchOS 2, and why Jeff updated the book.

    Posted by Lauri Reinhardt (Permalink)

  4. MacVoices #15153: Jeff Carlson Talks Apple Watch and His Take Control Crash Course

    A few months back, before the Apple Watch was released, version 1.0 of Jeff’s book came out, full of information for prospective watch buyers but, of necessity, short of usage tips and advice. However, now that Apple’s wrist-bling has been available for a couple of months, Jeff has been able to expand and update his book accordingly. Chuck Joiner naturally is curious about what Jeff has added to his book and what he has changed. That’s at the core of this MacVoices conversation, and if you have the time for it (check your watch), you can find out too!

    Posted by Lauri Reinhardt (Permalink)

  5. Jeff and Chuck Get Wound Up about Apple Watch on MacVoices

    Jeff and MacVoices host Chuck Joiner spend an hour engaging in a sweeping discussion of Apple Watch, style and function, whether the Watch is a computer, and more.

    Posted by Lauri Reinhardt (Permalink)

The Author

Jeff Carlson is a contributing editor of TidBITS, a columnist for the Seattle Times, a frequent contributor to Macworld, and the author of best-selling books on the Mac, video editing, digital photography, and, in earlier incarnations, Web design and Palm organizers. He consumes almost too much coffee. Almost.