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In a post I published before Apple Watch was even released, I noted that the most important features Apple hadn’t emphasized about the device were its convenience, and immediacy. Convenient because it is right there on your wrist, and immediate because everything is one raise of the wrist away.

I stand behind what I wrote at the time, especially now that I’ve had time to actually use Apple Watch and confirm my early beliefs. Something I hadn’t envisaged though is how liberating Apple Watch can be.

It is liberating because it allows you to not be tethered to your iPhone at all times, worried you will miss a phone call or a notification. As a matter of fact, my iPhone is now usually left alone somewhere in the house, acting as my connected hub and pushing all the important stuff to my wrist. iPhone remains the most important device because it is the one through which everything goes, but ironically, it’s also the least important one because all that matters is sent to my wrist, regardless of where I go in or around the house (as long as I remain in Bluetooth or Wi-Fi range).

This feeling of not needing your iPhone at arms reach is actually soothing and liberating, but again, like with most benefits of Apple Watch, it’s something you can’t really comprehend until you’ve experienced it.

On the last episode of our Let’s Talk iOS podcast, Cody calls it “being disconnectedly connected,” and although a bit ridiculous to say or hear, it actually defines the situation very accurately. You’re still connected to everything that is important to you, be it a message notification, or a phone call, but at the same time, you are physically disconnected from your iPhone.

No more walking back upstairs to get the phone I forgot at my desk. No more walking back in the living room to grab my iPhone before doing some work in the garage. Everything of importance is now right here on my wrist. For everything else, I’ll get to it when I’m around my iPhone again.

It’s a nice feeling indeed.

  • David Pomerleau

    I totally agree w this! It’s my favorite thing about the Watch. Easily getting through a day w 75-80% battery on 6 Plus. I leave Do Not Disturb on on the phone so screen doesn’t light up for notifications and it saves a ton of battery and time. Only thing I can’t get working is the wifi features on watch. When on home wifi if I turn Bluetooth off on phone I get the red disconnect light on the watch and am not able to do anything on it. Really wish I could figure this out.

    • moofer

      Red disconnect light? Are you sure you’re not seeing a pull-down notification red dot?

      • David Pomerleau

        Positive. It’s a tiny red Iphone w a line through it

    • I don’t have a solution to offer other than suggesting you do not turn bluetooth off, which probably doesn’t impact your battery much to begin with.

      • David Pomerleau

        Yeah doesn’t affect battery much. Just range that I can travel away from iPhone. No biggie just thought I’d put it out there. Thanks!

  • moofer

    I wish I could agree with you, perhaps in June 🙂 The wife, however, has expressed the same exact sentiments. She’s totally fine with the iPhone staying in her purse. She took her first phone call on her wrist today, and it produced giggling. From a 46 year old woman. She loves her watch. A lot.

  • jalexcarter

    hey i heard/read you can connect your watch to your phone via wi-fi instead of bluetooth so you can have a greater range of distance when theyre on the same network, but i havent been able to find anywhere in the watch settings to connect to wi-fi…how do you do this?

    • It does it automatically. Any network your iPhone is connected to, your watch will automatically connect to as well. There is no possible input on the users’ side.

      • jalexcarter

        Hmm cause it seems my watch loses connection from my phone when I wander too far from it at work, but I might just be going into an area where the Wi-Fi doesnt quite reach as well. Thanks for the info Sebastien!

      • Chayuth

        Now that’s explain why my watch has pretty much problems when I’m at my office, where Wi-Fi there is nothing but terrible. I hope I could turn that feature off.

  • Its all about the _wrist; stupid.

  • L J

    Man I can’t wait until June for my space gray sport!!

  • Steven Honey

    i don’t like that while having a bluetooth headset connected to the watch and a phone call comes in, you can’t select to take the call on the bluetooth headset. the headset has to be connected to the phones bluetooth and you have to take the call on the phone. there is no way to take the call on the watch and send it to your bluetooth headphones. The headset has to be paired with the phone and you have to accept the call from the phone or the headset button. I guess the only thing you can do with a headset connected to the watch is listen to music.

    • Omar Ruiz

      I think sooner than later, with people’s feed back, that will come to fruit. That was my concern while I waited for my watch. At least now I know I can answer my blootooth, while my phone is in my pocket, as I get the notification through my rist.