Apple Watch

I’m excited about Apple’s new iPhone 6. I will probably upgrade my iPhone 4s in a few weeks when they become available. I’m not sure about the iPhone 6 Plus. I don’t think I want to be carrying around a small iPad mini in pocket.

I am especially excited about the new 8MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture and the ability to capture 1080p HD and 60-fps and 240-fps for slow motion video. (I wish the 240-fps worked at 1080p, but sadly it’s only at 720p.) I am also eager to see how well the video stabilization works.

The disappointment for me today was the Apple Watch.

I’m not sure that this is really a market that Apple will be able to revolutionize with this watch. I’ve become quite comfortable not wearing a watch and relying on my ever-present iPhone for time and everything else. The fact that you need an iPhone for the watch to be useful just strikes me as Apple just not thinking through the reality of how people will use the devices.

I think there is a market for wearable health monitoring devices, but I think something more like the $100 Fitbit is the way to go. I can’t think of even one of my friends or family that will spend $350 for a watch that needs an iPhone to be useful.

If Apple’s stock price is any indication, there are other people out there with similar reservations about this direction for Apple. I doubt that Steve Jobs would have released this Apple Watch on his watch.

2 Comments

  1. Yeah, the Apple Watch is like iPhone 1.0; an underwhelming item, though with good potential. The most exciting thing about the Watch, though, is the user interface. The multi-purpose crown will be a game changer just like the iPod scroll wheel was. 🙂

    • I have to disagree with your comparison to the iPhone 1.0.

      Unlike the Apple Watch, the first iPhone revolutionized the smart phone industry and was a game-changer. The Apple Watch, not so much.

      I fear that industrial design at Apple has taken a turn towards the mundane. Jony Ive may just be out of truly innovative ideas in ID. I’m guessing this is why Newson has been hired on.

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