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comment Why doesn't the Apple Watch activity app count the activity recorded on the iPhone?
So does this mean that an app (say Cyclemeter) that has a Watch UI and appears to be recording data that is available to the Activity app is in fact not doing so (since in that case the Watch is not the source)? That seems to me what is going on (for example I get notifications to stand in the middle of 30mph sprints!); but if it's true it means that none of the third party fitness apps integrate in any way with Activity!
May
22
comment Why does Apple Watch keep installing apps I didn't ask it to?
Yes, the whole thing seems to be pretty much in beta still.
May
15
comment Why does Apple Watch keep installing apps I didn't ask it to?
@bmike: I've experimented with this a bit more and see no pattern. Some apps install on the watch whenever they update, some don't seem to. All seem to install when they first acquire watch features (not really want anyone wants, I imagine). Some won't uninstall when asked to. And oddly, some that install automatically don't show the install setting as enabled. I expect this will all get fixed in an update.
May
12
comment What do I need to do to get my Apple Watch apps to launch quickly?
"Developers need to go out and ride their bikes and crash, skin their knees, crash some more before they know how to actually ride that new bike." That sounds right. Citymapper, for example, which was just updated, now launches in about 2 seconds (so, actually faster that I can "draw" and launch).
May
12
comment Which data sources are most accurate for measuring steps and walking distance?
@bmike: Yes, the example is arbitrary. It could be the opposite or something entirely different. My point is that such an answer is not unknowable to humanity, is helpful, is easy to express, and directly responds to the question as stated. All these arbitrary hurdles seem weirdly contrived.
May
12
comment Which data sources are most accurate for measuring steps and walking distance?
@bmike: Accuracy is the correspondence between actual values (here, actual steps taken and actual distance traveled) and reported or measured values. This of course may vary for different activities (the list of likely candidates isn't long), so an answer might distinguish among these. So, for example, an answer might be "all report the same fairly accurate values (+/- 10%) for walking and running; but for housework or chores, the watch is much more accurate".
May
11
comment What are “Active Calories”?
No it is the question. The question isn't about (generally defined) active calories, it's about (Apple's) "Active Calories".
May
11
comment Why doesn't the Apple Watch activity app count the activity recorded on the iPhone?
Thanks. Just one more clarification: You say that all the flow (from both watch and phone) goes through the Health app first, and only then from the Health app to the Activity app (and only if they come from the Watch). Do I have that right?
May
11
comment Why doesn't the Apple Watch activity app count the activity recorded on the iPhone?
So no flow of information from tracking on the phone to the Activity app (on Watch or iOS), right?
May
11
comment What are “Active Calories”?
One thing that's not clear: does the widely use term "active calories" that you cite exclude calories for things like weight workouts, Pilates, or yoga or 7-minute workouts, etc.; or is it the sensor limitations you describe that excludes them? That is: would sports physiologists say that the Watch records all "active calories", or a subset of them that it is capable of recording?
May
11
comment How do I select which city appears in Glances for the Apple Watch World Clock app?
Too bad there's no way to set the two things independently. The ordering means different things in different contexts.
May
10
comment What are “Active Calories”?
That's very useful information and should really be the focus of the answer.
May
10
comment What do I need to do to get my Apple Watch apps to launch quickly?
@bmike: "Watch + iOS 8 is never going to be quicker than pulling your phone out of the pocket and launching the app there directly." That's the start of (in fact the bulk of) a helpful answer of exactly the sort I was looking for (provided it doesn't end up over-hedged) – and one that addresses the question as is: generally, about multiple apps (don't edit to one; that's not what the question is about).
May
10
comment What are “Active Calories”?
Weight workouts?
May
10
comment What do I need to do to get my Apple Watch apps to launch quickly?
@bmike: I'm looking to get my apps to launch fast enough to be useful on the watch, and have even specified two measurable criteria for accomplishing this: (a) at least as fast as one can pull a phone out of one's pocket and launch the corresponding iOS app and (b) faster than 20-40 seconds.
May
9
comment What do I need to do to get my Apple Watch apps to show current data?
@KevinGrabher: Here's hoping that by the time it reaches Austria it (and the third party apps, if that's the issue here) is out of beta!
May
9
comment What do I need to do to get my Apple Watch apps to show current data?
@KevinGrabher: Do you mean "Background App Refresh"? If so, yes, where possible; but many apps that show old data (e.g. OpenTable) don't even have a setting for "Background App Refresh".
May
9
comment Apple Watch - Getting weight lifting to count towards “move ring”?
Good question. One wonders what Apple's definition of "Active Calories" is.
May
8
comment Does the 12 W adapter charge the Watch faster than the 5 W adapter?
In future, if you don't know what you are talking about, please don't act so confident that you do.
May
8
comment Does the 12 W adapter charge the Watch faster than the 5 W adapter?
@Buscar웃: Wait — you were guessing? That's my question (look at it): do they offer the 5 and the 12 because there's a difference in charging speed?