While updating the Apps on my iPhone last night, I noticed that there was an update available for Pokemon Go allowing for the use of the Apple Watch to receive notifications and collect items from the Pokestops. As my oldest daughter has an Apple Watch, she updated her App as well. But she also had to update her iOS and the Apple watchOS before she could install the App on her watch.
Here are some of the screen grabs. We initially had to wait until the App was installed onto the Apple Watch which did take a very long time – here it shows that it is still installing.
Once it is installed, then the Pokeball icon will appear on the Apple Watch and then it is ready to start playing Pokemon Go.
The start screen shows your avatar, the level you are on and the distance to go before an egg hatches. The large start button at the bottom is to initiate a walk, which will then allow you to see the Pokemon you encounter as well as other screens.
My daughter has set it to show both Pokemon and Pokestops.
As you can see below, she has stopped playing Pokemon for quite a while as it had got rather boring – hence she has quite a few eggs waiting to be hatched for quite a few weeks now.
There is also a screen to show how long the walk was, how many calories burned and other interesting information e.g. Number of eggs hatching and what Pokemon are nearby.
Now while Pokemon Go on Apple Watch will allow you to collect items from Pokestops, it does not allow for the catching of Pokemon – otherwise it would make the Pokémon Go Plus accessory obsolete.
All in all, it has been a worthwhile addition to this game, particularly for those who already own the
Apple Watch. Although I would not think it likely that people would fork out such a big sum of money to get the Apple Watch just to play Pokemon Go.
Hopefully there will be more to come from Niantic to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas - gifts for each day would be happily received, especially if there is the release of legendary Pokemon (fingers crossed). Even I am starting to get bored with this game now, as it has been so long since I have caught or evolved any new Pokémon. Mainly Ditto, festive Pikachu, Festive Raichu and Charizard.
I have not been able to hatch new Pokemon e.g. Togepi or Pichu from the 20 or so eggs so far, which is rather disappointing.