The iPhone will not have to be with us all the time if both devices are connected to the same WiFi network

One of the most criticized points of the Apple Watch is that it requires to be synchronized with the iPhone to take advantage of most of its functions. For example, for the moment the third-party applications of the Apple Watch will require having their version for iPhone, and it will be here where all the workload is carried out. The same happens with the functions of the clock that need internet access, we will need synchronization with the iPhone since it is this that acts as a WiFi antenna.

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However, Tim Cook briefly mentioned a fact in the keynote that we did not know and that I think has gone too unnoticed for its importance. When Apple Watch and iPhone are connected to the same WiFi network, it will not be necessary for the smartwatch to be synchronized via Bluetooth with the iPhone, so we will have a much wider field of action.

This has special sense when we meet at homeWell, we can have the iPhone in our room and go quietly to the patio / garden without our Apple Watch losing all its functionalities. In addition, until the native applications arrive on the smartwatch, we will make sure that they continue to work regardless of whether we move away from our iPhone.

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To give us an idea, the range of Bluetooth is theoretically about 30 meters, but in practice the signal weakens considerably when it encounters physical obstacles in between, such as walls or frequencies from other electrical devices. WiFi has a range 2 or 3 times greater than Bluetooth, so we will have no problem moving around our house and surroundings with total freedom.

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As we could already know thanks to the images of several internal components of the Apple Watch, the apple smart watch has its own WiFi antenna, which cannot be used natively but depends on synchronization with the iPhone.

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As we read in iDownloadBlog, the reasons for this are surely directly related to autonomy and Apple’s attempts to get the most out of it. Probably, in future generations of the device and with an improved battery technology, we will see how the company allows more and more greater independence with the Apple Watch.

What is your opinion? Do you think it is a wise move to limit certain characteristics in pursuit of better autonomy?


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