Apple Watch LTE :: All the notifications, not all the apps

by Volker Weber

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Apple Watch is designed to work with iPhone. On the App Store you will find iPhone apps that support the Watch. In watchOS 1, apps would execute on the iPhone and display on Watch. With watchOS 2 Apple released a native SDK that allowed apps to execute on the Watch itself, which sped up things considerably. Just by looking at App Store you cannot find out if an app runs natively on the Watch oder on iPhone.

Watch, Watch Series 1 and Series 2 can talk to iPhone via Bluetooth or WiFi. Watch Series 3 adds (optional) LTE. When your iPhone is on and has a network connection, you will get all notifications via WiFi or LTE. Rule of thumb: if your app can connect via WiFi, it can also connect via LTE. The app developer does not have to do anything for LTE to work. His app inherits LTE support from WiFi support.

Twitter just removed Watch support from their app. I have a hunch that happened because they don't support the WiFi connection and don't want LTE users to yell at them. I will have to find out one by one, which apps support this connection.

Comments

Is that the white ceramic?

Ian Bradbury, 2017-09-29

It is indeed.

Volker Weber, 2017-09-29

What would interest me… Does the Apple Watch LTE support “find my phone” functionality?

Frank Quednau, 2017-09-29

It definietly looks lovely, sexy, cool.

I am torn between the sport/silver and the stainless. My series 0 space grey looks exactly how a watch should look if the owner does not take care or precaution. I have a feeling that the stainless will age more gracefully.

I'd be interested to know how much the monthly connection fee is. In the UK EE are charging ¢5 per month and the watch gets it's own data plan (¢5 = 10gb per month for watch)

For comparison how is it working for you?

Ian Bradbury, 2017-09-29

I have to pay 5 Eur per month and it is on the same plan as the phone. That is the regular tariff for a multiSIM. The first six months are free.

I haven't scratched either the aluminium nor the steel model. But I agree that the steel model will age better. It is however significantly more expensive.

Volker Weber, 2017-09-29

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