The iOS 8.2 update released today introduced support for the Apple Watch to the iPhone and iPad. The app reveals some details about the device unmentioned at the keynote event today. For example, the app reveals how users will pair their watches with their phones using the iPhone’s camera…
As mentioned during the keynote, the Apple Watch app will serve as the portal for downloading watch-compatible apps. It will feature its own App Store section featuring apps that have been updated to work with the wearable device. The store isn’t live just yet, and will likely become functional closer to the release of the Apple Watch.
An Explore tab provides instant access to information about the Apple Watch in the form of three videos: the reveal and feature breakdown from last year’s original announcement, a health and fitness-focused video.
A feature that wasn’t mentioned today is the process for pairing an Apple Watch and iPhone. Rather than rely on NFC (which the iPhone 5 and 5s don’t support), the Apple Watch app takes advantage of the phone’s camera to initiate the process. The pairing screen prompts users to place a yellow frame in a camera viewfinder around their watch’s display.
It’s likely that the watch itself will display some sort of QR code to help the phonefind the necessary pairing details. If the camera isn’t working, an alternative manual option is also provided that lets users pick the watch’s name from a list on the phone.
iOS 8.2 is available as an over-the-air download now. The Apple Watch will be available next month.