>> APPLE WATCH - FASHIONABLE, BUT PITY IT REQUIRES iOS8
Rarely do you come across a product that looks nice and appealing.
Apple announced the Apple Watch during it's special September 9 event - in classic
Apple style they made it look elegant and appealing and surely drive the
many in the world to scream "shut up and take my money". On the surface it
looks like a compelling competitor to the Moto and Samsung variants - but
at what cost will there be to even have one of these?
First of all - you have to wait. "Coming Early 2015".
They have some great mouth watering
films explaining the elegance, design, collaboration with experts and what it
took to build such a unique masterpiece (cough) - but behind all the marketing
there is in fact some interesting lessons other wearable and smart watch
manufacturers could learn from with this device; tech isn't everything.
I particularly like the use of the accelerometer to activate usage and the
unique interaction paradigm using the "digital crown" of the watch - very
much in line to the classic "iPod Wheel" to give precise interaction and
control. The touch screen adds a third dimension, specifically pressure
force and haptic feedback that can introduce new innovative interactions
It is the first device from Apple to capitalize on the
HealthKit developer API introduced in iOS 8 to start to competitively
push out the likes of
in classic Apple style as they have done many times over the years with
squishing the developers who actually did the innovation and community
awareness in the first place.
If the Apple Watch was to have either a SIM card, WiFi module or even BlueTooth
module to pair with any mobile phone and remove the dependency of using an
iPhone running iOS 8 - then I could consider the watch as something I would
purchase and wear proudly.
Until then, forget it - I am simply not ready to give my soul and pride
to the devil for a watch.