A funny thing happened along the way to using my Apple Watch for a couple of months. Everything the critics said about it is dead wrong. Watch is a marvel of electronic engineering, an iPhone accessory, yes, but one that becomes more useful over time (pun intended).
For example, critics said Watch battery life would be abysmal. It is not. I have yet to go below 40-percent, even after 16 hour days. Critics said Watch would reduce iPhone’s battery life. The opposite is true. Half the day can go by without fishing in my backpack or bag for my iPhone, so battery life has improved, not become worse.
One thing I noticed recently though is that the iPhone’s battery does not get checked as often, a neglect which has caused it to drop to perilous levels a couple of times. But that’s my bad. Remember at the iPhone TV commercials from a few years ago and, “There’s an app for that!“? As it turns out there is an app for iPhone with a Watch extension that checks the iPhone’s battery life. Hey, I’m using iPhone less, so having an extra reminder is worthwhile.
The battery checking app is called Power. It checks the iPhone’s battery life once an hour and updates the status on Watch.
One benefit of owning a Watch is getting alerts and notifications from iPhone apps, and Power works that way, too. It checks iPhone battery levels every hour and sends out a notification at specific levels.
• 95% – 85%
• 55% – 45%
• 25% – 15%
• 10% – 0%
Power is simple, elegant, and just works. It also works in the background on iPhone so you’ll need to have it setup appropriately to receive update notifications on Watch.
This is one of those ideas you’d think Apple would have built-in to Watch, but for 99-cents I’m not going to argue the point. What I would like to see are user definable notification settings; the option to change the percentages. I don’t really need an alert at 100-percent or even 85-percent, but notifications could start lower but become more frequent as the iPhone’s battery reaches critically low levels.