Apple Watch: More than just a fitness tracker

At first, people thought it was just a really cool gadget. But as time has gone by, Apple Watch has become an everyday essential in many people’s lives. Sure, it’s an excellent fitness tracker, but we kind of feel you’re not getting the full experience out of your Apple Watch if that’s all you’re using it for. So, let us explore some other aspects to this device that may actually make you realise how incredible Apple Watch is and why you need it in your life. See the world differently with Apple Watch We’re not saying that an Apple Watch is more important than your passport, Forex or carry-on, but when you consider that with your device you can get a ping if there’s a flight delay or gate change, get step-by-step navigation through a new place, and even unlock your hotel room with a swipe of your watch, you realise it’s a really useful travel partner. Here are some reasons why your Apple Watch is the best travel buddy. Getting lost in a foreign country can be stressful, but is now a thing of the past with Apple Maps and your Apple Watch. A gentle vibration on your wrist will let you know where to turn and will help get you to your destination. On the go and want to listen to music? You can access your iTunes library and listen to iTunes Radio with an easy swipe. There's also a music control feature, which allows you to pause, play or skip songs, in addition to raising and lowering the volume. Speak into your watch and have access to translations in 50 different languages and save your most commonly used phrases for even quicker access. Siri is always with you - using the watch's mic, you can access Siri and use it to dictate a text, or ask travel-related questions. The Apple Watch, your Fashion-First Device. Smart watches don’t often go in the same sentence as “style”, “fashion” and “accessorise”, but Apple Watch is runway-ready, and the latest fashion darling of the tech and watch world. Apple Watch is like that little black dress that every wardrobe needs - it’s elegant, functional, fit for any occasion, and can be dressed up or down. Reasons why Apple Watch is “To-die-for”: There’s a huge range to choose from. For starters, you can select from Sport or Watch (or Edition if price is no object). From there, you can choose the colour of your face, or as Apple calls it, “Case”. There’s stainless steel, rose gold, space grey, gold, black, silver, plus enough straps to match probably all the shoes in your cupboard. Dress your watch up or down with sports, Aluminum, nylon straps. Though it’s so hard to choose, our favourite watch combinations include Gold Aluminium Case with Antique White Sport Band, Stainless Steel Case with Soft Pink Modern Buckle, and Silver Aluminium Case with Pink Woven Nylon. You can also personalise the watch face using different colours and templates, or be a trendsetter and design your own. Aside from aesthetics, Apple Watch has superb functional features. Receive calls and messages, send quick voice messages to other Apple Watch users, and use some of your favourite apps such as Twitter and Shazam, Weather and many banking options straight from your watch. You can also get notifications for all your calendar entries, as well as access Instagram and photo galleries. If you’ve written a list or anything on the Notes app from your iPhone or Mac, you can also access it on your watch via iCloud. Apple Watch is the next step in Productivity Remember the days of the Filofax, Rolodex and Palm Pilot? Who could have anticipated that a smart watch could replace all this, and do more, like even take calls and summons your Uber? Apple Watch is a serious workhorse, and can act as a diary, personal assistant, reminder and means of communication when you’re on the go or in a meeting. Reasons why you’ll love Apple Watch: Receive calls and messages. You can also send quick messages, which is great for multitasking and a way to keep on top of things during your work day. Send quick voice messages to other Apple Watch users. You can use your favourite travel apps, and be guided by the likes of Maps to meetings in cities you are unfamiliar with. Siri is always with you - using the watch's mic, you can access Siri and use it to dictate a text, or ask questions. You can also set reminders to call a colleague make a lunch reservation or submit a budget report. We’ve rounded up some apps that work really well on your Apple watch for travel, fashion and productivity. They’re worth downloading and giving them a go. Apps we think you’ll love for travel: For finding your way around, plus for direct links to TripAdvisor and Apple Maps, free For convenient and reliable lifts: Uber, free For translations of voice, words and expressions: IHG Translator, free For getting up-to-date weather reports: AccuWeather, free Apps we think you’ll love for fashion: Keep track of your entire wardrobe and plan new outfits easily: Dressed, R37.99 To browse, edit, read and share bookmarks from Pinterest: Pinner, R99.99 For a camera with a remote trigger, external viewfinder preview, and photo preview and timer: ProCamera, R99.99 Apps we think you’ll love for productivity: To declutter and for great organisation: Clear, R99.99 To capture ideas, thoughts and memos on the go, that sync across all your devices: Just Press Record, R59.99 Sync your tasks with Google and across your Mac, iPhone and iPad devices: TasksPro, R119.99 Start a draft of text through Siri dictation, and send it to your inbox for further use: Drafts4, R199.99 (These apps are specially designed for Apple Watch to enhance the experience and usability. You can search for them and download them via the Apple Watch app) Apple Watch is available from iStore, the home of everything Apple in Africa. iStore not only offers the authentic Apple experience, but exclusive services such as in-store complimentary training, and technical support. You can also go into any store and try on an Apple Watch to see what suits your mood and style the most, with no obligation to buy. iStore also has a huge range of accessories, for Apple Watch and more, plus contracts on all mobile networks as well as a 2 year extended warranty and damage protection option with iCare Plus. For more information on Apple Watch, and to buy online, head to

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