5 Fun and Unexpected Things Your Apple Watch Can Do

Take Advantage of Your Apple Watch’s Cool Features

The Apple Watch is a remarkable device and it doesn't take long to master the basics of what it can do. Once you've got those down, it's time to change gears and try your hand at some of the clever but less obvious features that you can take advantage of.

Water Resistant

Got an Apple Watch Series 3? While the first version of the Watch was water resistant, Apple added the ability to submerge the watch up to 50 meters with the 2016 update to its smartwatch line. And that feature remains a part of the Series 3 model, making it perfect for summer workouts or playtime at the beach.

Control Your Home Theater

Your Apple Watch can control a number of home theater devices, and it never leaves your wrist. For example, if you have an Apple TV, you can use the Apple Watch's Remote app to swipe around the set-top box's menus, start and pause playback, and more. If you've got a Harmony Hub setup, you can also run scripts from your Watch to turn on and off your home theater devices by using the IFTTT app on your Watch, though it won't yet let you do anything beyond that.

Talk to Your Car

Your Apple Watch may offer you ways to check on your car's status and even interact with it. Offerings from Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche, VW and more let you do things like lock and unlock your car's doors, honk the horn, check battery levels on electric cars, and even help you find your parked car. If you've got an older car, an aftermarket option from Viper includes an app to let you lock, unlock, and start your car remotely.

Fitness Challenges

You can measure yourself against your friends by turning on Activity Sharing. In the Activity app on iOS, go to the Sharing tab and tap the Plus (+) icon in the top right to invite someone to share their Activity info with you. Then you'll be able to check their status in the Activity app on your Apple Watch, you'll get notifications when they complete workouts our close their rings, and vice versa.

Stream Music

The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE connectivity is capable of connecting to wireless networks on its own, you can stream songs without having your iPhone close at hand; ideal for working out. And you're not just limited to Apple Music,

Apple also includes an app called Radio with the Apple Watch for streaming songs.

Your Apple Watch can do so much more, including control your smart home, order food, unlock your mac and take notes. For help learning all of the cool features of the Apple Watch and how they can improve your productivity, contact The Orchard.