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In this movie I want to take a look at the iPhone and iPod touch's Clock app, which is actually four different mini apps all-in-one. Let's open it up. The first function of the Clock app is the World Clock. In here you can add and view the time for cities and time zones all over the world. This is particularly handy if you frequently have dealings with people on the opposite coast, in Europe, or in any other time zone where you need to take time differences into consideration. The default clock here is Cupertino which just happens to be where Apple is headquartered. To add another city just tap the Plus button and type the name of the city.
For the most part, only major cities are tracked here. So if the city you're looking for isn't listed, just type the name of a major city in the same time zone. For example, I'll start typing Wellington and you can see Wellington, New Zealand pops up as a suggestion. I'll tap it to select it and now I have a clock for Wellington in World Clocks. Conveniently, in addition to the time I can also see that it's tomorrow over there, which can help me keep my dates straight when I'm sending an email or calling my contacts in New Zealand. And you can add as many additional cities as you like. Let's add London.
Notice that its clock is black, which is an indicator that it's night time over there. You could tap the Edit button to rearrange the order of your clocks or you can tap the Delete button to get rid of a clock. So that's the World Clock. Next, we have Alarm. This is for setting an audible alarm which is especially valuable to have if you're traveling and your hotel room doesn't have an alarm clock or if you just want to set a secondary backup alarm. To set an alarm, tap the Plus button.
Now before you set the time for the alarm you have four options to choose from. Repeat lets you set the alarm to repeat on certain days of the week. For example, if you need to get up at 7 a.m. every weekday, you could tap Monday to Friday here. Then tap Back. Notice the Repeat field now says Weekdays. If you had only chosen say Monday and Wednesday, you would only see those days listed in the repeat field. Next choose the sound you'd like the alarm to play. Your choices are the ringtones installed on your iPhone, including any custom ringtones you might have installed, as well as any songs you have stored on your device in the Music app.
You can access your songs by tapping Pick a song which gives you access to your entire music library. Just pick a sound that you think will wake you up or get your attention. [00:02:2p.74] Alarms don't have to be for waking up. You might set an alarm to remind yourself to pull a cake out of the oven or to go pick up your kid from baseball practice. I'll go back. Next, what would any good alarm clock be without a snooze function? With this option on when the alarm goes off you'll see a Snooze button appear.
You can tap it and the alarm will stop and then go off again nine minutes later. The next field is Label where you can type a custom message here for when the alarm goes off. For example, you might type, Pick up dry cleaning to remind yourself why you set the alarm in the first place. Although for events like that you might want to consider creating an event in the Calendar app with an alert or using the Reminders app instead of creating an alarm. But it's your choice. After that we have the dials for setting the actual time the alarm is supposed to go off. Just spin the dials to the time you want and then tap save.
That adds to your alarm to the alarm list and it's set to On. Notice the tiny clock icon that appeared in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This serves to remind you that you set an alarm even when you're not in the Clock app. And you can create multiple alarms if necessary. Maybe you're on the road and you have one alarm set to wake you up in the morning and another alarm to remind you to call the home office every afternoon. To add additional alarms just tap the Plus button, but I won't add another one right now. Also, note that your alarm will play even if you have the iPhone set to silent. The next app in clock is Stopwatch which is exactly what its name says it is.
The stopwatch is for timing an event. How long it takes you to walk a lap around the block, how long you've been on hold with tech support, and so on. All you have to do here is tap start to begin timing. When the timer is going you can tap the Lap button to record the time at that particular moment. So if you're walking or running around the track, you can tap Lap. And each time you do that the time immediately appears below. Tapping Lap also resets the smaller counter at the top of the screen which gives you the time for the current lap.
When you're done whatever it is you're timing, tap Stop. This is more of a Pause button because you can then tap start again to start the stopwatch from where you left off. Press the Reset button to clear all the times and start from 0 again. Just so you know the time in the stopwatch stays recorded and moving even if you close the Clock app. So if you've time something and then need to check your times later after you've closed the clock, you can reopen clock, go to Stopwatch, and your times will still be there. But if you type Reset, the times will be gone.
The last app is Timer, which I think of as a reverse stopwatch. This is a countdown timer where you enter a starting time which then counts down to 0. I often use this during Thanksgiving to count down time between turkey basting. Just select the amount of time you want, then pick a sound you want to hear when the timer reaches zero.
Notice the bottom option here is Stop Playing. Instead of playing a sound when the timer ends, it will turn off any music or video you might be playing. You might want to use this option if you like falling asleep to music or while watching a video. But otherwise just pick a sound and tap Set. Then tap Start and the countdown begins. The timer will continue to countdown even if you're not in the Clock app. When it reaches zero, it will play your chosen sound. Like the alarm, the timer will still play your selected sound even if you have the iPhone set to silent. So there you have the Clock app.
Four incredibly useful apps all bundled together.
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