Apple Watch

Will Apple come out with an Apple Watch that doesn't need an iPhone?

Apple Watch

Episode 1700

Chris from Miami, FL

Chris recently updated his iPhone to 13.4.1, and it got stuck into restore me mode. He was able to mail his phone to Apple to clear it, but he was without his iPhone for a week, and as such, was stuck with not being able to use his Apple Watch as well. Will they be coming out with a stand-alone Apple Watch with its own connections? Leo says that seems to be the rumor, but you can't do anything on the Apple Watch, really, without the iPhone nearby. That's why Leo always has a backup phone that he can put the SIM into should he have to send the iPhone in for repair. 

Will the Apple Watch call emergency services if I die?

Apple Watch

Episode 1633

Judy from Citrus Springs, FL

Judy is retired and lives alone and is thinking of getting an Apple Watch. But what will happen if she takes the watch off and it doesn't feel the pulse? Will it contact emergency services? Leo says he isn't sure that it will call home in that case. Will it sense if you have died? Leo says no, there isn't. It'll detect that you have a low pulse and give you a warning, but so far, there is not a "phone home" from the watch if you die.

Why isn't My Apple Watch Giving Me the Weather?

 DARK SKY.

Episode 1632

George from Palmdale, CA

George would like to get local weather on his Apple Watch Series 5. but it doesn't work. Leo says that George may be using the wrong complication. He wants Weather Temp. He also wants to be sure he opens up the location services for it to function. Leo also uses a third party weather app called DARK SKY. Leo also says that in iOS 13, it can report how often he's getting location access. So make sure it has the location settings turned on. And if the watch isn't LTE connected, then he won't be able to access the weather service. 

How can I prevent an Apple Watch from causing a rash?

Apple Watch Series 4

Episode 1615

Earl from Alpine, CA

Earl's wife has an Apple Watch, but she gets a rash when she wears it. Leo says that nickel can cause a rash, and there is no nickel in it. So that may be the cause. But it could be the wristband, so try a new wristband. You can also get an AppleWatch case that will cover the entire watch, except for a small opening for the sensor. You could try that. But it won't be able to measure heart rates. Leo says the YNIWA is $9 on Amazon. 

Is there a good fitness tracker with a compartment for pills?

Samsung Watch Active

Episode 1615

Joe from Tampa Bay, FL

Joe recently had a heart attack, and now he's looking for a fitness tracker that also has a phone case that can hold medication. Any ideas? He's in the Android universe. Leo says that there are smartphone cases that do hold pills. Leo also uses wallet cases for his. Doctor Mom says that nitro pills have to be kept in a darkened, airtight vial. Here are a few from the chatroom -

https://www.amazon.com/Cielo-Pill-Holders-Stainless-Nitroglycerin/dp/B01G2VCXVY

Can I pay for things with an Android Wear watch?

Android Wear watches

Episode 1556

Joe from Winslow, AZ

Joe wants to buy his girlfriend a smartwatch. He wants to know if Android Wear watches will use NFC so he can buy stuff through his watch without his phone. Leo says that the Apple Watch can do that. There are probably models of Android Wear that will do that as well. Leo says that if the watch supports Wi-Fi, and is connected through the internet, then Google Pay will work. If it's not, then no, it won't be able to do that.

Should I trade in my Series 3 Apple Watch for a Series 4?

Apple Watch Series 4

Episode 1528

Neil from Phoenix, AZ

Neil has an Apple Watch Series 3 and he can trade it in for $225 to get a Series 4. Is it worth doing? Leo says that he's had every Apple Watch and the Series 3 was a huge improvement. But the Series 4 is equally as huge. Without the trade in value, Leo says he'd probably says it's not worth it. But with the trade in, it's very tempting. There's a larger screen, but a smaller battery. It's a lot faster thanks to a dual core processor as well.