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"Why I’m an (Almost) Everyday Apple Watch Wearer"

"Why I’m an (Almost) Everyday Apple Watch Wearer"

January 12, 2017

If you’re an everyday Apple Watch wearer, or if you’re not and you’re wondering why you should consider it, you’ll want to take a look at this long read piece from Jon Mitchell’s blog, everything is ablaze.

I know of Mitchell from his podcast days, when he co-hosted a podcast with my friend and former AppAdvice EiC Jamie Young. I have always admired the deep way that Mitchell thinks about tech. They would spend hours talking about the optimal arrangements of icons on their iPhone home screens. So it comes as no surprise that Mitchell would not just slap on an Apple Watch and use it haphazardly. He does not flip through the faces each day and say, “What am I in the mood for today?” like I do. Each of his Apple Watch faces is carefully designed for a specific functionality.

The “almost” in his title refers to the fact that he is a religious Jew and does not wear the Apple Watch or use any kind of electronics on the Sabbath. Otherwise, I’m sure he would be an everyday Apple Watch user.

Mitchell goes into detail about each Apple Watch face he uses and why he has set it up that way. Each face has a color scheme and complications for a specific purpose, a specific day or activity. For example, he has a face designed for working, with complications for apps like Fantastical, Omnifocus, and Drafts. He has another face specifically designed for travel and exploring, as he is an American living abroad for a year. This travel face has Weather, Maps, Drafts, and Just Press Record complications. He has other faces for sleep, prayer, charging, a main face, and one just for fun and aesthetics.

Mitchell also discusses his everyday Apple Watch use in general, how he has arranged his dock and why, his home screen of course, his bands, and his thoughts about the Apple Watch and the direction he hopes it will go in future iterations.

You can read the full article, “Why I’m an (Almost) Everyday Apple Watch Wearer,” here, and I definitely recommend it. You might pick up some interesting tips and use cases for yourself.