How to talk, text and emoji like Dick Tracy on your Apple Watch
So do you dream about being **** Tracy?
Well the Apple Watch allows you to communicate in a lot of different ways on your wrist.
If you're texting, you get text messages all the time, just like you do on your phone.
Here's how you respond to them.
They might pop up as notifications and you can swipe down and see which ones you've missed, or you can open up a separate messages app is right here, see your list of messages, looks like an iPhone and you can reply but there's no keyboard here.
You're going to have to dictate.
Press the microphone button here.
Hi honey, I love you.
When you're done you hit done.
You can click the text and send or you can actually send the audio message, which comes in handy because the dictation's not always perfect.
Now, if you want something a little quicker you can also use a canned preset message.
The variety of options Could be something like okay, sure, see you soon.
If you want something a little less verbal, you can go with emoji, there are Apples own strange animated ones, there are one's that are hearts variety of types of hearts, and there are thumb gestures, thumbs up, thumbs down, etc.
And a collection of standard emoji, hundreds of the good old fashioned kind.
So I'm gonna pick one of a sheep, and confuse my wife.
You can actually make phone calls from your wrist to.
What are you gonna use that for?
Maybe it's because your hands are occupied, you're going to be getting coffee or something and your phone is in your pocket and then your phone starts ringing.
You can answer it really quickly on your watch.
Look, someone's calling me right now.
It's, I wonder who it is.
Hey Scott, it's Dan.
Oh hey, it's Dan Graziano of CNet, that's a coincidence.
Hey, what's going on?
I'm getting coffee about fifty feet from you.
Here, I'll actually pass off, so if you wanna Do a hand-off.
You actually just do this and then tap over here.
And now I can talk to you here.
Sounds a little bit better.
Yeah, that's pretty good.
So, you just pass off the phone call like that.
I'll see you back at the desk in a moment.
Now, let's say that you've got another friend with an Apple Watch.
Well, you guys are part of a secret little communications club Called Digital Touch.
You guys can do a few extra fun things together.
This is how you do it.
You open up the Friends wheel here, which is your closest friends.
And if you have somebody on here that already has an Apple watch, you'll see a third option.
Normally, you'll see Call or Message.
The third one in the middle is Digital Touch.
You press that little icon You bring up a screen that's going to basically be your doodle screen.
And you can draw with your finger anything that you could think of that would fit in that space.
Alternatively, if you start tapping your finger, it will send taps.
And finally if you hold down both fingers together, you will eventually feel a throbbing heartbeat and it's actually sending your real heartbeat over to the other person.
It's pretty intimate and I find it only works well for couples.
But maybe there are other uses too, we'll see.
Talking, texting, phone calls, those are all the things that you can do on the Apple Watch and there are bound to be more when more apps come out that take advantage of these features.
That's how you can be **** Tracy on your Apple Watch.
I'm Scott Stein with CNet.