Ask Henry

Apple Watch Q&A
On a recent Southwest Flight from Orlando to Hartford, a neighboring passenger spotted my Apple Watch. I spent most of the rest of the trip answering questions and demonstrating the watch to several other nearby passengers.

Question: Do I need a cell phone to run an Apple Watch?

Answer: Yes! It requires an iPhone 5 or later model.

Question: How much does an Apple Watch cost?
Answer: There are three basic models: “Watch”, “Sport” (slightly smaller) and “Edition.” Mechanically they are all the same. The size, case material and band make the difference.
- Sport with 38mm aluminum case & sport band lists for $349.00
- Watch with 42mm silver aluminum Case and sport band lists for $399.00
- Edition with 38mm gold case lists for $10,000+
- Edition with 42mm gold case lists for $12,000+

Question: How long does the battery last?
Answer: This depends upon your usage. So far I have not run the battery below 25% in one day, but I do put it back on the charger each night.

Question: Is the Apple Watch waterproof.
Answer: It is supposed to be O.K. to wash your hands, shower or drop your Apple Watch in the toilet for a few moments! There are stories online of people going swimming with it on. I haven’t had the courage to do so.


The Apple Watch

by Henry S. Harrison

On April 10th, the first day the Apple Watch was available for preorder, my son H Alex (REV’s Editor) ordered one for me. It arrived about a month later and I have worn it daily since then. I believe that it has features that will be especially useful for appraisers.

Text Messaging: What makes this feature unique is that you never have to turn this feature off, even when you are at a symphony, movie, lecture, etc. It will notify you with a vibration when you have received a text from selected family members, your office, friends, etc. (limit 12). You can do the same with email.

Monitoring your health: This is the feature that Apple plugs the most. The watch has sensors on its back that monitor your motion and heart rate. It is very sophisticated. Its GPS system will keep track of how far you walk or run, and as you exercise you can glance at you heart rate.

Locating your iPhone (if you forget where you’ve left it!) The Apple Watch is right out of Dick Tracy. It has a microphone and a speaker. You can make or answer calls while driving without taking your hands off the steering wheel or glancing down.

Siri is more amazing than ever. You can say “call my wife”, “call the office”, “turn on the alarm system”, or TV., etc. — and she does your bidding.

Watch Faces: Of the nine available, highly customizable watch faces, my favorites are "Mickey Mouse" (who moves his arms and taps his feet) and "Extra Large," which just shows the time in very large bright digital numbers. Other watch faces include a chronograph, stopwatch, alarm, Astronomy, motion butterflies. This is just the beginning — because you can add more features to each face “called complications.”

Complications include a world clock, solar system, calendar, weather, stock prices, alarms, timer, battery charge %, activity summary, and so much more.

Does all this sound complicated? Yes. it is — and isn’t. For example, you can take the watch out of an attractive box, charge it up, and go through a simple procedure that gets you started. It will do a lot of things without any more fussing. But you do have to learn how to use the digital crown by turning it, pushing it down, double clicking it and holding it down. Using a finger, you can swipe the face up, down, and to either side. You can also tap it or hold it down.

The watch comes with printed instructions and a lot of tutorials you can watch on your iPhone. The internet is also full of instructions, including complete videos. What they don’t tell you is that there is a very good Apple Watch User Guide, which I found very helpful and I still refer to it regularly.

As if all this were not enough, there are already over 3,500 Apple Watch Apps that you can download from the Apple Watch App store. Many of them are free.

When you Google Apple Watch, there are many sites with app information. This is one of the best I have found so far: