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The Watch’s Various Sensors Allow It to Collect and Share Information

What’s interesting about the Apple Watch is that it has a handful of sensors built in. It can monitor your activity and heart rate, for example. Thus, the watch can collect this data, figure out things such as calories burned, and then wirelessly transfer this data to the new Health app that comes preinstalled with iOS 8 on the iPhone. However, the watch itself is designed to be a full-featured exercise and workout tool unto itself, thanks to the watch’s preinstalled Workout and Activity apps, for example.

Plus, in addition to collecting and sharing information, Apple Watch is designed to receive all sorts of information from the iPhone. As a result, the watch notifies you of incoming calls to your iPhone, and enables you to answer those calls or send them to voicemail without touching the iPhone.

The watch can also display incoming emails and text messages, and utilize your iPhone’s Internet connection in order for you to respond to these incoming communications directly from your watch, or even initiate a call, email, text message, or audio message from the watch. Apple Watch has Siri and Dictation functionality, so you don’t need access to a virtual keyboard to compose messages.

It’ll also be possible to control a wide range of other iPhone functions directly from the watch, such as the Music, Maps, and Camera apps. Plus, Apple Watch can be used to wirelessly control or exchange information with a wide range of Bluetooth devices, ranging from external speakers and wireless headphones to fitness equipment. It can also be used as a remote control for Apple TV and the iTunes software that’s running on your Mac or PC.

The built-in Photos app, for example, is fully compatible with the Photos app that comes preinstalled on the iPhone, iPad, and that will be replacing iPhoto on Macs in early 2015. Thus, you can use the watch to view your favorite digital photos.

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