The new Apple Watch Series 4 has slowly transformed itself from the half-baked fitness tracker that brought iPhone notifications to users wrist since the initial release, into a fully capable workout companion with cellular connectivity and health features previously reserved for fancy medical equipment.
Apple Watch is so much more than a tool to help users keep tabs on their health. Users can now install apps, talk to Siri just by raising their wrist, check sports scores, send messages or even triage their inbox from the tiny screen. It is pretty crazy to think about just how powerful the Apple Watch is, even if the user haven’t used it to its full potential.
Below you will learn some basics updates about the Apple Watch Series 4
The basic updates
Icons and apps: Curious as to what those small icons that flash on your watch’s screen are? Or what about Siri’s Raise to Speak feature? Everything is covered plus a handful of other tips, in this post.
Notifications are a key smartwatch feature, and it’s a feature you’ll want to learn how to tame. Notifications can get overwhelming, especially when your wrist is beeping and vibrating, for every Facebook like or Instagram direct.
Using theatre mode. Ever notice the button in Control Center with two masks on it? That button activates theatre mode. When enabled, your Apple Watch is silenced and your watch will not light up until you tap the screen.
As its name implies, theatre mode prevents your watch from lighting up while you’re at a movie theatre, but it’s also helpful for those who use a sleeping app or in meetings when you don’t want any distractions.
The Apple watch series 4 is waterproof. You can swim with newer Apple Watch ($349 at Best Buy) models, but it’s a good idea to read up on what you need to do if you plan on swimming with your watch on especially if it’s in seawater.
Heart health. The Apple Watch continuously tracks your heart rate while you wear it throughout the day. There’s a dedicated app to tracking your heart rate or conducting an on-demand reading.
You can set up the ECG app. You’ll need to have an Apple Watch Series 4, running WatchOS 5.1.2 or newer, and an iPhone running iOS 12.1.1 or newer before you can set up the new ECG app. Once you’re updated, using the ECG app is a simple task.
Cycle tracking. Female health tracking hasn’t received the attention it deserves, but that’s changing with the addition of cycle tracking to the Apple Watch and the Apple Health app. Using the new tools, women can track their periods and keep tabs on symptoms and more.
Hearing health: WatchOS 6 was released in September and adds a new hearing health feature that monitors the noise level of your environment and will let you know if there’s a risk of damage to your hearing.
You can decide to feel like Inspector Gadget: Then learn how to use the Walkie-Talkie app. Using the app is simple: Hold up your wrist, press and hold a button, talk, and let go. Just keep in mind that your approved contacts can start talking to you at any moment, so marking yourself as unavailable is key to avoiding embarrassment.
Fall detection. The Apple Watch Series 4 has a built-in fall detection feature that will identify when it thinks you have fallen, and after a few seconds of no movement, will call emergency services on your behalf. Fall Detection is a feature you’ll need to enable, but hopefully, never have to use.
Check your AirPods battery status: You have surely opened your AirPods charging case next to your iPhone to check their current battery level. It turns out, you can check your AirPods battery life on the Apple Watch as well.
You can unlock your Mac when wearing your Apple Watch. As long as you have a passcode set up on your Apple Watch, and a fairly recent Mac (2013 or newer), you can use your smartwatch to log in to your Mac. On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy and check the box next to Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.
Enter your Mac password when prompted. The next time you wake your Mac, your Apple Watch and Mac will talk to one another and sign you in to your computer. It’s pretty cool. You can visit cnet.com to learn more about how to manage your Apple Watch notifications and other feature,