Photos watch app

All three editions of the Apple Watch have eight gigabytes of storage, but the operating system is limiting users to a subsection of that total space for certain types of data, such as up to two gigabytes of music and up to 75 megabytes worth of photographs for the Photos app. As confirmed with Apple by 9to5Mac, shipping units of the Sport, Watch and Edition models have the same 8GB memory capacity.

We know from before that users will be able to manage their media on the Watch using a companion Watch app on the iPhone that ships with iOS 8.2, which was released yesterday.

For instance, in addition to controlling the music stored on your iPhone paired with the Watch, you can sync your playlists or individual songs to the device.

This way, music lovers can store tracks locally on the device and play them using wireless Bluetooth headphones without having to have an iPhone on them at all. This is useful, say, when going for a run but don’t want to carry an iPhone in your pocket.

Apple also said that the Watch’s Photos app will sync only the photos you’ve previously favorited on an iOS device by tapping on the favorite icon in the Photos app for the iPhone and iPad.

Favorite photos, which are managed by the iCloud Photo Library, are resized before being synced with the Watch in order to accommodate the device’s lower-resolution display, resulting in smaller file sizes.

Like music, synced photos are actually stored locally, not cached, meaning you can still view those images even after unpairing your iPhone.

Two gigabytes of music storage should be more than enough for about 200 average-length tracks, depending on the compression quality. As for photos, 75 megabytes should hold over a hundred photos downscaled so that they take up much less room than the original stills.

These are only rough estimates as we won’t know for sure how media storage limitations impact daily use until we get our hands on the device.

The Apple Watch will be available for pre-order beginning April 10 and will start shipping in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom on April 24.

Source: 9to5Mac

  • Utrarunner5

    Seems like just enough for music for a run. Like a Shuffle on your wrist.

    • Tommy Gumbs

      The shuffle with the band was priced right!

    • CollegiateLad

      You must run really long distances. 12 songs or about 45 minutes is about my sweet spot. Of course many people are into marathons so 200 songs should be sufficient.

      • Utrarunner5

        Oh yes. I’m a Marathoner. And I’m use to having a little as possible on me because after 10 or more miles even 1lb more of something can be heavy. Taking a phone is not feasible especially my iPhone 6. I’m assuming it still will be able to track my mileage based on steps and then I don’t need my phone to track pace/mileage.

      • CollegiateLad

        Dude that’s awesome. Typically how long does it take you to complete a marathon?

      • Utrarunner5

        Well I’m not technically a Full Marathoner yet. I trained for a full once but got into a car accident 2 weeks before. I’ve ran 5 half-marathons though and I’m planning on running one in may and a full hopefully this fall. My best time for the half-marathons was 2hr 6min. So about 9min. miles

      • CollegiateLad

        Nice!!! Sounds appealing to me.

      • Utrarunner5

        I wasn’t planning on getting one because of the price, but now that I think about it with the uses for running it would be well worth it. I mean a GPS Garmin is around $400 for a nice one. and that only does gps.

      • Rowan09

        How did you get into running? I’m a beginner working on completing a 5K but need to do 1.2 miles in 12 minutes by June and run at least 5 miles by the end of June.

      • Utrarunner5

        Well in 8th grade I was cut from the soccer team so I thought I would try a half marathon with my sister. And I just kept going

  • Guest

    viewing photos on the apple watch is like using the ipad at the counter for apply pay
    plain stupid

    • Eric

      That’s not the point of it. You wouldn’t use that logic to chastise a father with wallet sized photos of his family. Same usage.

    • CollegiateLad

      Why is it stupid?

  • CollegiateLad

    So about 200 songs and 100 photos? That’s perfect!! Also, it’s nice to know I don’t need my phone when I’m out for a jog.

  • Jonathan

    So the other 5.925 GB is used by the Apple Watch for the OS?

    • If it’s like iOS it’ll be 5.9gb of “Other” and 0.25gb usable space

  • TwinSon

    Honestly, this just serious swayed my opinion. The only thing is I use Spotify for all my music needs. If they could somehow integrate that so I could leave my phone in the locker when I’m at the gym, that would be a game changer.

    • makedonii

      man i was thinking the same! on top of that 2GB is not that big of a deal, yeah its ok and more then anough for that one or two training sessions but i want to have the mayority of my music aveable to me all the time, its going to be hustle to have to “resync” deferent playlist every couple of days. i mean, you never know what youre humor will be, somtimes you want to listen to something else then house or pump up music. and yeah, spotify is essential for me.

      i will hold on untill this is resolved as this is my “i have to have it” pitch.

      this is what apple lacked on in the presentation, types of scenarios that you just have to have this thing!

  • Jason Baroni

    $17k for 8GB… never.

    • john myth

      you could spend that buying a new brain

      • Jason Baroni

        It turns out I use mine 😉

  • notewar

    How does phone function work? Do you
    Need a separate SIM card?

    • Cameron Nelms

      It Connects to the phone service on your phone I believe

    • It works the same way it works on a Mac using handoff / continuity and uses wifi / Bluetooth

  • Guest

    Connects to the phone service on your phone I believe

  • port87

    i wonder if future releases will have a built FM receiver like the ipod nano, thatll be great.

  • TheDude

    Will Apple Watch be able to act as a bluetooth hub? When I go on a run will the watch be able to connect to my bluetooth headphones without my phone being in the vicinity?