Wearables

This includes fitness bands, smartwatches, and other devices that are worn.

How smart are hearing aids?

Greg from California

Episode 1240

Greg needs a hearing aid and he wants to know how he can use it with his other devices. Leo says that we've come a long way with hearing aid technology, and now the amplification of the hearing aid changes as you move. Additionally, some hearing aids can be paired via Bluetooth with mobile devices to hear them better. And some can even remember the audio settings of your location, so that when you are out at a restaurant, the hearing settings adjust so you can hear better.

Why does my Apple Watch ring when my husband gets a phone call?

Episode 1236

Sheila from North Carolina
Apple Watch Sport

Sheila and her husband share an Apple ID and now that they have Apple Watches, every time his phone rings, it rings on her watch. Leo says that Apple associates the watch to an account and Apple uses the Apple ID to ring the watch. So Sheila's easy fix is to use her own separate ID for hers. The reason to share the IDs isn't really that important anymore since there is a Family Share option for music and videos. Reminders can be shared to other Apple IDs, so they'd still be able to have a shared list.

Does the Apple Watch have good accessibility features?

Episode 1196

Julian from Los Angeles, CA
Apple Watch

Julian is looking at the Apple Watch but heard that Leo thinks it's "dopey." Leo says that it is, but that's true with all smart watches right now. If Julian has a purpose for it, then it can be useful. But it's really more of a status symbol, even if it does have some interesting features.

Julian is blind, and he likes the accessibility features of interacting with his phone because the watch can talk as well. He likes that it can interface with Siri and Voiceover helps to read the time. It's an ideal solution for accessiblity and limited mobility.