Apple Watch

Discussions around the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch versions of the Gospel Library application.
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Apple Watch

Postby bobmylouga » Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:22 pm

Hey can we get Gospel a Library on the new watch - due out early 2015 - need to get the watch SDK!

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Re: Apple Watch

Postby bballrob » Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:55 pm

Glad to see I'm not the only Apple fan boy on this forum. Did you order your new iPhone 6 Plus last night?

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Re: Apple Watch

Postby heyring » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:15 pm

I will be receiving delivery of my Apple Watch in the next 2.5 weeks, How is the LDSTools Watch App coming?

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Re: Apple Watch

Postby russellhltn » Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:43 pm

Before the church goes to building an app for the watch, I think they'd want to see how widely used it is - as well as what practical things could be done with it. No doubt Apple will sell a number to the self-professed fan boys, but I think it remains to be seen how well it's adopted by the church members as a whole.

I'd also suggest that no development would happen until the developers have their own iWatch. And I don't think any of them get advanced units. So it will have to wait until it's available to the public.

I'd also point out that Android wear has been available for some time now, but I've not seen any suggestion that anything LDS is/has been developed for them.
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Re: Apple Watch

Postby sbradshaw » Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:49 pm

I agree with russellhltn that we're not likely to see anything anytime soon, but I'm interested in hearing your ideas of how a watch app could be uniquely used as a companion to the phone app, apart from just making a scaled-down version for a smaller screen. What unique features would you put into the app that would be especially helpful in a watch?
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Re: Apple Watch

Postby russellhltn » Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:28 am

Most of what I can think of would be extensions of LDS Tools, not GL. Features I'd like is to see the name of the person calling me (if the incoming number matches a name in the directory). And an extension of the calendar so I can see upcoming events. On the GL side, there are random gospel messages. Or perhaps a scripture chase function where you quote a scripture and it finds the reference. In all cases, this may be more of allowing existing apps to talk to the watch rather than a true watch app.

Keep in mind that in most cases a wrist-worn device will need to use a connected smart phone for any data communication or to hold a database of any size. So the value of a watch app is for quick answers that save you from digging out the phone. Anything more elaborate - well, that's best on the phone anyway.

I've had a Microsoft Band since October, so I do have some experience with a smart watch.
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Re: Apple Watch

Postby heyring » Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:53 am

I would agree that the best use case for the Apple Watch or any other watch would be as an extension to LDS Tools. Some of the things that would be usefull would be.. Maps to find someone's home in the ward, HT/VT Reminders, Member Info such as Calling, Phone, Address (to maps) and LDS.or Profile Pics. You know.. I have a meeting in 5 minutes with Bro. Martin and I can't put a name to a face.. Quick tap of the wrist and there he is.. Now I feel better.. The church will likely get some fresh ideas from the commuinty as we will see LDS Related Apps being created initially, and as time goes on.

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Re: Apple Watch

Postby tree.bobby » Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:59 pm

I would like to see a scripture or quote of the day app. And also watch faces when that is opened up - temples pics or quotes or something like that.

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Re: Apple Watch

Postby rklindquist » Sat May 02, 2015 7:23 pm

Remember that you can subscribe to Ward and Stake calendars already - https://www.lds.org/help/support/calend ... p?lang=eng

Once they sync with your paired iPhone, the Ward and Stake calendar events become accessible on your Apple Watch.


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