Apple Watch’s killer apps: Time, Messages, Notifications

“The phone these days may be ‘just another app’ on the iPhone, but two studies of Apple Watch usage have found the wearable hasn’t escaped its basic function as a timekeeper,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet.

“One of the new studies, from the Mobile Life Research Centre at the University of Stockholm, took an in-depth look at 12 subjects’ usage of an Apple Watch over 34 days, using wearable cameras to monitor their actions, followed by an interview,” Tung reports. “The research collected a total of 1,009 incidents of watch use, half of which were to simply check the watch face, accounting for 20 percent of the time spent interacting with the device.”

Tung reports, “The second most common interaction is to check a notification — Messenger being the most commonly checked notification — which account for 17 percent of incidents at an average of 9.2 seconds per incident.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: With properly-used complications, there’s much, much more than the mere time of day visible at any glance on Apple Watch’s watch face.

Apple Watch wearers check their smartwatch 60 to 80 times a day – November 25, 2015


  1. I’m constantly using a quick glance to check my complications. I have weather and date, but am considering adding UTC time as I have to convert to UTC for my work. Regardless of how I should just know, I always triple check because of stupid DST. So would probably make sense. But which should I get rid of: battery or activity rings? Probably batter since I can also check watch battery by flipping up or from my iPhone’s Notification Center.

    1. Activity tracking is the killer app for me alongside notifications (text and FB messages, I turned off email). If I were you I’d keep battery. You can check glances for the activity rings and you’ll get more information in the full app than in the complication.

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