With the Apple Watch Ultra you should be able to watch TV

With the Apple Watch Ultra you should be able to watch TV
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Apple this week introduced the rugged Apple Watch Ultra — with a larger, brighter 49mm screen, an extra hardware button, a larger battery, and better speakers — made for more extreme outdoor conditions. But I believe the $800 smartwatch has another use: watching TV.

Wait, wait, wait, listen to me; it’s not a new idea. In 1982, Japanese watchmaker Seiko made its debut a watch that can receive UHF and VHF channels, although the actual receiver was in a huge belt pouch, you had to connect it to the LCD screen on your wrist. The idea never really caught on (except in the James Bond Movie Octopus), but it introduced an exciting and futuristic viewing experience that we haven’t nailed down yet.

The Seiko T001.
Image: Seiko

When the original Apple Watch launched in 2015, Reference was made to the Seiko TV Watch. After all, it was a futuristic Bond-style wristop computer. But seven years later, hardly any video-watching functionality has been added to the device. The two ways I’ve found to watch any type of video is to have someone send me a clip via iMessage and then watch it from my Apple Watch or download a third party app called WatchTube, which is a bit buggy and lacks many features for playing videos. None of these methods come very close to the television experience. With the upgrades to the Apple Watch Ultra’s screen, speakers, and battery life, video support is now a more legitimate request.

I’m not sure how to watch Prestige TV house of the dragon or movies like Top Gun: Maverick would be a great experience on a watch, but what if we could watch something like… a baseball game right off our wrists? An atmospheric yet active television pastime. It’s the future the Seiko TV Watch promised: having the most portable hands-free TV live in the blink of an eye. I would love to walk around my neighborhood with the Yankees game on my arm without having to constantly unlock my phone or take it out of my pocket to see what just happened. I just heard Aaron Judge hit a flyball into left field; How soon can I check the screen to see if anyone catches it?

Here's a rendering I made of a possible TV scenario.

Imagine using the digital crown to scroll down the TV channel guide.

I think one scenario is usually enough to justify a software feature, but I’ll present a few more. What if you want to knead dough for your outdoor pizza oven and catch the gubernatorial debate? Maybe you shovel asphalt at the Indy 500. You run on the track in the morning and love The Drew Barrymore Show. The elevator is stuck and you have to call maintenance, but it’s late in the fourth quarter and the Giants are shutting down at four. Diving during the Olympic Games opening ceremony? Who needs picture-in-picture mode when you can watch The Tonight Show on your phone and The Late Show on your watch at the same time? Oh my god what if you get one like this small Apple Watch that looks like an old Macintosh and watch the US Open on your desk while you work? i want to keep Emily in Paris play on my portable TV while throwing frisbees on the beach. Forget the classic sitcom situation about the dad having to go to church during the Big Game. Who knows, but maybe Quibi on the wrist would have saved the streaming service.

The Apple Watch Ultra looks like a small TV.
Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

The customizable action button on Apple Watch Ultra is great for changing channels on a linear TV app like Pluto TV or YouTube TV, or rewinding a video 30 seconds to replay a clip Apple TV Plus’ Friday Night Baseball coverage. A hardware button makes play, pause, fast forward, and subtitles a little easier with a tiny screen. The brighter screen would make it easier to see in bright outdoor environments such as B. when driving up to a concert. The upgraded speakers allow you to watch without your AirPods for family view.

While the technology is there, the Apple Watch Ultra still doesn’t allow for it. Is it because it would drain the device’s already short battery life for a feature few people would actually use? Is it because Apple wants you to think of the watch as a health device and not a TV? Probably. But the dream is still alive. There’s a reason someone made a third-party YouTube app for the watch, and I’ve seen quite a few strange gadgets with tiny screens People strapped themselves to their wrists. As batteries last longer and processors get faster, we’ve reached the point where you can watch TV anywhere. So it’s time to watch TV on my watch.

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