As stated last month, Apple will be coming out with their newest piece of hardware, in early 2015, dubbed the Apple Watch. Apple calls it “the most personal product we’ve ever made.”
As many of us know, this is not the first smart watch we’ve seen. Pebble Watch was the innovator a few years ago that grabbed the attention of so many. The big question is how Apple will, and others, break into the market as a company with virtually unlimited R&D dollars versus Pebble Watch which is still relatively small at just around 2 years old.
There are three types to start: Apple Watch (Stainless steel band and case), Apple Watch Sport (Aluminum case in durable, athletic-type band), & Apple Watch Edition (Luxurious 18-karat gold cases in yellow or rose).
I don’t know about you, but how nice would it be to have a personal secretary on your wrist. Connected via your iPhone (which many see as a negative, that I tend to agree with) you will get notifications and alerts sent right your wrist.
A huge boost to the usefulness and practicality of this watch is the ability to connect to your health easier and more efficiently. Apple Watch will help you in everything from taking more steps a day to sitting down less often at work. After analyzing the data, Apple watch will even suggest personalized fitness goals for your needs.
With many of the positive features out of the way, I can’t fail to mention one huge negative: The iPhone. It seems it will be quite the burden to have to rely on a second item for the watch to work, not to mention the always questionable battery life.
It will be interesting to see if Apple allows the Watch to go outside of the Apple bubble and be able to integrate with other technologies from different brands. Another intriguing thought is to think about just how long we are able to get a device like the Apple Watch that will be able to live without being overshadowed by another device like the iPhone.
Your move, Tim Cook.