Monday, 16 October 2017
Apple Watch - go, no go, go
So I had a weird experience last evening, and not in a good way.
For no apparent reason, this was my Apple Watch: -
and this: -
I have no earthly idea what happened.
So, being a true nerd, and a big fan of The IT Crowd, I decided to ( all together now ) TURN IT OFF AND ON AGAIN ….
Obviously I couldn't read the display, what with it being all garbled n' all, so I just hit the big button on the right-hand side, below the digital crown and chose the appropriate gibberish - it was the one in red, so it must've been the right one ? Right ?
The next, my Apple Watch has called 999 ( the UK's emergency services number, similar to 911 in the USA ), and I'm talking to an operator, who's asking how he can help.
When I don't immediately respond ( panic has set in at this point ), he's saying "If you're unable to speak, please press a digit on your phone's dial" etc. assuming, for good reason, that I am injured and cannot respond :-(
I manage to find my voice, and tell him that all is well, and apologise profusely for wasting his time and our public resources ….
Then the house phone rings … and my beloved gets a recorded message telling her that Dave Hay has called the emergency services.
And then I get SMS messages on all my Apple devices …..
And then the home phone rings again, with yet another recorded message with my location ( thanks to Apple Maps ).
In short, the Apple ecosystem has kicked in to save me … even though there's nothing wrong with me, apart from my obvious inability to use Apple hardware.
Finally, I manage to power the watch off, set it on its charging stand, so it can reboot - and all seems well.
For the record, this is what I should've done: -
i.e. hit the FIRST rather than the THIRD control.
An update - the landline rang again today, 12 hours later, to tell my beloved that my location had changed - I wonder how much longer it's going to do that ……