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Apple Watch and Activity, the two new integrated apps in iOS 8.2

iOS 8.2 y su compatibilidad con Apple Watch ya está disponible para todos

If you’ve already upgraded your iPhone to iOS 8.2, you may have noticed the new icon on your Home screen. It’s Apple Watch, the app for setting the apple clock , installing apps and choosing which notifications we want to receive on our wrist. But it’s not the only one… the latest version of iOS hides a second app called Activity that only shows up after the pairing process with the Apple Watch is completed.

Apple Watch and Activity, the two new integrated apps in iOS 8.2
Apple Watch and Activity, the two new integrated apps in iOS 8.2

But let’s not get too far ahead and take a look at the app you can already access; for many, one more icon to hide inside a folder next to Kiosk, Stock Exchange, Health or Tips; for others, a curiosity; for Apple, a very direct advertising action that targets more than 500 million users.

Because let’s face it, the Apple Watch app is first and foremost an advertisement. The first screen welcomes us with a carousel of suggestive photographs of the watch accompanied by a link to the company’s website with all the information about it. The Explore tab is even less subtle, offering for the moment the three videos shown during the original presentation of the watch last year.

Finally, the tab of the App Store where we should find the specific section of the app store of the apple dedicated to the apps compatible with Apple Watch, finishes throwing us the hook with a “Soon” and the invitation to ask for it on April 10th; a completely wrong date in the case of Spain, where we don’t have a launch date yet.

At least the Apple website does offer a preview of many of the first apps we will be able to install through this tool, but all is not lost. The Apple Watch app has allowed us to discover a feature that had not been mentioned so far by the company, as is the process of linking the iPhone and the clock.

As you can see in the second screenshot above, instead of using some system like NFC (which is not available in the iPhone 5, 5c or 5s, all of them compatible with the Apple Watch) the clock app uses the iPhone’s camera to start the process, asking us to frame the Apple Watch’s screen within a delimited area. If this process does not work, we also have a manual method via Bluetooth.

As for the Activity app, little to add until we have an Apple Watch in our hands, basically an alternative place to see our statistics over time to check how well (or badly) we are doing. In blue, the time we spend standing; in green, running; and in red, walking.

Activity App (left) and Apple Watch App Store (right)

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