Apple Watch (Messages, Emoji)

When Apple announced the Apple Watch, I knew I wanted one. In fact, when Motorola announced the Moto 360, I wanted one of those too. If it had been compatible with iOS without any tricks or hacks, then I might have even bought one. It’s probably safe to say that the idea of a smartwatch appeals to me greatly.

But since the announcement of pricing for the Apple Watch I have found myself in conversation with more than a few people who just don’t seem to get why the Apple Watch is so exciting to some of us. It’s expensive, they say. It doesn’t do anything that your iPhone doesn’t do, they point out. You just don’t need it.

And they’re right on all counts. It’s far from cheap, even in its Apple Watch Sport incarnation. Our iPhones do, bar some of the health stuff, exactly what this newfangled watch will do. And no, I don’t desperately need one. But I do want one.

People not understanding what makes me tick about the Apple Watch is fine though. In fact, it’s much higher on the ‘fine’ scale than that awful pun. After all, it just wouldn’t do for us to all be the same now, would it?

But when I see someone looking at the Apple Watch and decrying me as a mad man for even thinking about buying one, I think back to my own stance on technological advancements over the years.

When everyone was buying thick, heavy mobile phones because they had the best cameras in, I just didn’t understand why. I didn’t want to take photos with a phone. The idea was just stupid.

When smartphones were just starting to put in an appearance, long before the iPhone, I wanted the smallest, thinnest and lightest dumb phone Nokia had to offer. I had a computer for computer-y things. Why would I want to do them on a phone?

Of course, these days all the mobile phones we are interested in are of the smart variety, and camera capabilities are very much at the top of anyone’s list of requirements when making a purchase. My iPhone 6 is my one and only camera, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

In case you were wondering, there is indeed a point to this little trip down memory lane. My point is a simple one, and it is that times change, Technology changes, and more importantly, our uses for that technology change along with it. What smartwatches can do today pales into insignificance when compared with what they will be doing tomorrow. I don’t think we have even scratched the surface with what we will be using the Apple Watch for once developers get their teeth into it properly, and that’s what excites me. I get giddy not for what the Apple Watch will do come April 24th, but what it will be doing come six months down the line. Or twelve months. Or five years.

After all, look at the iPhone back in 2007. Eight years later, compare that with what we have now and how we use it. They can’t, and shouldn’t be compared.

So with that in mind, just imagine what the Apple Watch will be doing in 2023.

We might live in the future, but there’s always more of it around the corner. I can’t wait to see what it has to show us, and I think it might just be smartwatch-shaped.

  • Tommy Gumbs

    I don’t think you get it. The smart watch has been around for several years. Apple has only made what others are already making, at a higher price than some, and in line with others, with shitty battery life. Other than being unique to IOS, which already closes there own market potential, it’s pointless. YES, some of the things are cool, but let’s be real here, it’s just an overpriced watch. In 2020 we will most likely have contact lens or something else that will do a better job at tracking this stuff anyway. But, I hope you enjoy your watch because it seems you really think this wearable is going to change your life.

    Also, I don’t it’s a matter of people don’t get. I think it’s a matter of “why?” Like the google glasses….why?

    • Merman123

      I don’t think you understand Apple. Apple has never claimed to be the first, or the cheapest. Actually, it’s that very trend that makes Apple who they are. They never enter a market when it’s new, but rather when it’s right. I don’t care if Apple was the first to make something or not, what I care about is that when I do purchase the device, that it is the best one out there. This has been true for me with most Apple products I’ve purchased.

      • Kevin Osborne

        Not sure what makes it “best” though. What huge things does the Apple Watch do that you can’t get done with an Android Wear watch?

      • Merman123

        It’s about the user experience. The fluidity that comes with Apple. Of course, on paper the devices are “the same” for the most part, but in execution, it’s totally different. In comparison, on paper Android phones do the same, if not more than iOS devices, yet many choose iOS over Android for that very same reason. The all around user experience, and the tight ecosystem is worth more than you would imagine.

      • BOOM!

      • James G

        I like it when people “get it”

      • Tommy Gumbs

        Fan Boy……..they could make the iToilet that works seamlessly with iOS and you all would pimp it like its the shit

      • Kevin Osborne

        Nice pun. 😉

        You see, the toilet knows how the make-up of my feces based off what I’ve eaten, and my watch syncing up my medical data, so it uses the perfect amount of water. It knows what user is walking up using iBeacons, and sets the temperate of the seat just as I like it, then auto-flushes as I walk away!

      • Tommy Gumbs

        but wait, I can’t get notification if I forgot to flush, or if the seat is up, or if the damn dog is drinking the toilet water again. What did I ever do with my life before the iToilet.

      • Alberto Espinal

        There’s an Android blog somewhere, look it up in Google you will be able to find it, this website is called iDownloadBlog and people like you are called what? You know the word! And let me give you a word of advice, you are swimming against the current

      • Okada San

        Chances are his bloatware filled virus magnet is one of the 16 million Android devices infected with malware, spyware, Trojans, and worms. Googling anything with one of those would be a daunting task.

      • Alberto Espinal

        Lol, good one

      • Alborz

        at least Apple has a fan base 🙂

      • And stores that are damned crowded making money hand over fist. Ever seen a Google store? The only people in there are the employees and janitors.

      • Platy

        Can’t wait for a jailbroken iToilet

      • Tommy Gumbs

        HAHAHA. I can only imagine the themes. I hope it comes with multitasking too.

      • iBanks

        And this is exactly where your understanding should be. This is what it’s all about right there. Brand loyalty. If people would dive in for an iToilet just because… They says many many things all in one. Regardless of what it can do, people respect and love the Apple brand. I would LOVE to own something that people would love just for the hell of it. That’s what you call a success.

      • Antzboogie

        Yes, maybe but do you notice how much iDownloadblog drools and covers the Jailbreak extensively? It’s because Apple was so limited in their thinking and instead of admitting it, they include one or two Jailbreak tweaks every update and act like it hasn’t been done before. Honestly without a Jailbreak a lot of ideas would’ve been lost and customers as well. The Apple Watch is not what many people thought it would be. The number one thing is battery life. Tim Cook failed epically on that. It can’t be compared to any Android watch. I enjoy my iPhones and MacBooks, but this watch can’t keep up.

      • iBanks

        Apple would have succeeded without an Jailbreak just as Android succeeds without having to be rooted. But the main point of it all is that regardless of all the features packed into an device, there will be more that people want. Exactly why Rooting exists because there are things that people want to do with Android devices that they can’t do out the box. That’s just how it is and how it will always be. As far as claiming jailbreak tweaks of their own, well you have to think about it, Apple is catered to the masses. There’s a small percentage of us that really jailbreak compared to the number of devices that are out there so regardless if an jailbreak tweak bought to life an stock feature, the masses don’t know of it as an jailbreak feature so Apple can claim what they want with it. Apple can’t think of everything, they have clever minds on their team, but not all clever minds exist on their team, they may still be in middle school and haven’t been discovered yet.

      • Antzboogie

        True but how about giving credit where it’s due? I know it’s not Apple’s style. In my my opinion the Apple watch in particular was released too soon. The battery life should’ve been the main focus. Some of us figured things out not because we are geniuses but because we weren’t lazy. Being stubborn is what Apple does. Like you said there’s more people that don’t know about Jailbreaking so Apple abuses that. I know it’s just business but maybe it will catch up to them one day

      • True but how about giving credit where it’s due?

        They do give some credit at least to the hackers that discover security flaws…

      • Okada San

        Maybe for you but it will be more than enough for me. You Fandroids are seriously mentally unstable. If it were up to you, we’d all be driving the same make of vehicle, eating the same food, and listening to the same music. I read on a constant basis from Android users that Apple needs to die. Whatever happened to “to each his own”? FFS!

      • Kevin Osborne

        Wow… I don’t even like Android but your concept makes no sense… For the iPhone, every year usually has one, maybe two designs, where Android has countless designs… And you talk about everyone driving the same make of vehicle? X-D If the “Apple Car” really comes, it’ll be the iSheep screaming we should all be driving the Apple car, using an Apple phone, Apple watch, Apple computers, Apple this, that, and the other…

      • Favna

        Wouldn’t that be the majority reading iDB? Fanboys? This is your 7 am wake up call Tommy Gumbs.

      • Just like you, most likely an Android sheep who thinks Android was the first OS to do everything. Like widgets and NFC and removable batteries and SD cards…

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I have every device, tablet, and just about computer that Apple makes. Also 2 ATV2 and 1 Atv 3.

        Won’t have the iWatch.

      • Kevin Osborne

        It’s amazing how much fanboys jump the gun that you must love Android if you hate ONE Apple product, because they’re so blind and in sheep mode that they can’t understand it. I’ve had like 10 iPhones & iPod Touches since the first gen, 3 iPads, and an Apple TV as well. I’ve had two Android tablets and I absolutely hated them, (though my Chromecast is nifty for the price, and it does the job I need it to). Now be a good sheep and accept EVERYTHING that Apple feeds you. EAT THE APPLE DAMMIT! You must be in a committed & exclusive relationship with APPLE and no one else! THIS IS A MARRIAGE TOMMY! DON’T BE A WH0RE! 😛

      • Tommy Gumbs

        It doesn’t matter. An IDB writer will just say “we didn’t get it.” Oh well.

      • Kevin Osborne

        Yepp… I’ve been reading over at Redmond Pie a lot more. They share 99% of the same stories without being sheep about it, and are open to other things as well.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I will check them out. I would not mind getting real talk……meaning articles that are honest. I don’t think IDB would write a negative article about Apple…..when sometimes you need to keep it real.

      • Kevin Osborne

        redmondpie-com

        Obviously replace the – with a . 😛

        I’ve been on iDB since they first started and were called iPhoneDownloadBlog, (before Apple made them change their name), but they’ve been losing my interest quickly lately.

      • Okada San

        Then run along now…chop chop.

      • Okada San

        Well since IDB is essentially a site run by Apple enthusiasts, why in the world would you think they would write a negative comment about Apple. Ignorance really IS bliss. Now run along to your Redmond Pie and don’t come back….seriously….for real.

      • Kevin Osborne

        “Apple enthusiasts.” That’s self-admitted brand-whoring at it’s finest. I’m not any brand enthusiast. I like the product that actually is the best, not just what product has a certain name to it. Never questioning a company because you’re an “enthusiast” for the brand is just another way of saying your their sheep, plain and simple. I’ve had every iPhone since the first, except the 5 because it wasn’t a worthy release, and the 3G because we didn’t even have 3G in my town when it came out. I’ve also had a few iPads and countless iPods. Love them. Their computers, though, are overpriced, and their watch is a joke. Sorry if I can have some individuality away from Apple and can actually see things as they truly are, rather than being blinded by the Apple logo and convincing myself that the product MUST be the best if it has their branding. X-D

      • Okada San

        Get back on your meds.

      • Okada San

        No one cares but you.

      • Okada San

        Hey, there’s the bandwagon, now go jump on it. Oh u already did.

      • gittlopctbi

        And many (millions) do choose Android over iOS.

        But I do understand your point on the “tight ecosystem.” I’m not one of them, but I certainly see why one would want to do so, given that they have the money.

      • Alberto Espinal

        Catabooooom

      • Jay Reid

        Kevin he is saying the best for him not you. Although you think all Apple people are the same and like the same things, we are totally different we don’t buy it just cause they tell us to. We buy it cause it fits perfectly into our lives at that time.

      • bigzjoseph

        I totally agree with you my friend

      • Nicholas Oldroyd

        “What huge things does the Apple Watch do that you can’t get done with an Android Wear watch?”

        I can name 1 and the only one that really matters. The Apple Watch actually interfaces and works seamlessly with my iPhone. Android Wear doesn’t.

        I admit that I don’t know all the functions of all Android Watches, but how many have ALL of these?

        -High quality stainless steel and sapphire construction
        -Force-sensitive touch screen
        -Crown for additional navigation/use ease
        -Heart-rate monitor
        -NFC payments with no per-use authentication with a very widely accepted system (Apple Pay, which I use daily)

        I just want a watch with all 5 of these features and one that also works with my iPhone.

      • Kevin Osborne

        Listen man I don’t even like Android. I’m all for my iPhone, (though jailbroken only, because stock is just a joke to me with it’s insanely walled garden), and I would NEVER switch to Android unless jailbreaking died, because Apple DOES make a better phone; that’s the simple truth. Despite my love for my iPhone and my iPad, I can’t see the huge innovation with this. I get wanting notifications at a glance, but most of these other points are a joke to me.

        – There are many other watches built just as well, if not better, and we haven’t even actually seen the Apple Watch in public use yet to see how often people smash their screens, especially with the curved glass front being open and unprotected.
        – Force touch has been around for a long time. My old Dell D610 Windows XP laptop had it with it’s trackpad even.
        – Watch enough videos and people fumble trying to get the right apps to launch on the Apple Watch, (even Apple employees demoing the product).
        – Heart-rate monitor? No wrist-mounted monitor can be very accurate. If that’s important to you, get a chest mounted monitor.
        – NFC… That’s “handy” and unless you’re going on shopping sprees constantly, or shopping at 5 stores a day that support it, it’s saving you what, 10 seconds tops vs. pulling out your phone to use Apple Pay THAT way instead? 10 seconds to glance at a notification definitely adds up, so my Pebble Steel saves me a lot of time in that aspect, but I get a sh!t ton more notifications per day than I’m checking out at a register per day.

      • Nicholas Oldroyd

        I’m not trying to claim they aren’t a joke to you.

        But not everybody wants or likes the same things at all.

        I was just explaining the reasons that I want one and they are my legitimate reasons and they are my opinion which can’t really be “wrong”.

        I’m sure there are LOTS of products in this world that are a joke to you but have many dedicated users who truly love and use them a lot.

        Since when does a product have to be the best to everyone or even appeal to everyone to be considered a “success”?

      • Kevin Osborne

        Fair enough. 😛 So you’re not saying it’s better, just suits your needs better. THAT is more valid, at least, and I respect that.

      • Nicholas Oldroyd

        I’m saying it’s better for me. That’s all I could ever claim to say.

        I’m not egotistical (a better word escapes me) enough to ever claim something is or isn’t better “in general” or for someone else, especially someone whom I do not know.

        For example I think Android is “great”, but not for me.

      • Okada San

        Gee, it just couldn’t be that most of us feel this way, could it? But no, you just want to stir up some s**t and accuse Apple fans of being that way. Get of your high horse.

      • CollegiateLad

        This!!!! Best post thus far!!

      • Andres

        Apple Watch is cool.

      • deepdvd

        Exactly. This. Kevin > Nicholas

      • Okada San

        Over analyzing stuff again.

      • Okada San

        Well based on that frame of thinking one can ask “What huge things does Android Wear do that can’t be done with the Apple Watch?”. It’s the user experience that’s most important. Those of us who subscribe to the iOS ecosystem will probably have a similar experience than those who subscribe to the Android OS ecosystem. Personally I like iOS. I gave Android a try and, while I really like my HTC One, I can’t stand Android. I just don’t understand all the poop talking between iOS and Android users.

      • Kevin Osborne

        I never claimed Android did anything above and beyond the Apple Watch, but all the iSheep are in drones about how AMAZING the Apple Watch is. So with these rumors that an Apple Car is in the making, if suddenly the decide to come out with seat covers that, you know, cover seats, but charge 2-3x as much for them, should everyone just rave about how revolutionary these seat covers are? “THEY SEAMLESSLY COVER THE SEATS!” I can’t stand Android either. It’s just not nearly as user friendly. But people just freak out as if Apple just reinvented the smart-watch when they didn’t. The Pebble with 7-10 day battery life still beats it hands down for me. A *WATCH* should focus on being a WATCH first, and everything else second.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        You have things confused. Apple may not be the first, but generally there offerings are groundbreaking, or at the least extremely innovative. This product is non of the aforementioned.

      • Merman123

        Funny, that’s what people said about the iPad when it was rumored/announced. “It’s just a huge iPod Touch” “This isn’t innovative, it’s just a large screen.” And look at what the iPad became. Even after all these people were calling it a gimmick. Were they the first tablets? No. Were they the cheapest? Certainly not. Were they full of innovation? Not necessarily, but the software and hardware behind it is enough to entice a lot more than specs on a paper does.

      • Kevin Osborne

        The iPad actually was innovative. It’s battery lasted 5x as long as any other tablet on the market at the time, the multitouch capacitive touch screen, etc., etc. With the iPad, there was no other tablet like it. It was one of a kind. Same with the iPhone and iPod Touch. That can’t be said for the Apple Watch. If it had all these features (similar to COUNTLESS Android watches), and the battery life closer to a Pebble, they’d have something unique like they usually do, but they didn’t. I don’t think Jobs would’ve ever released a product like this.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        THANK YOU! You get it

      • Merman123

        I don’t typically reply to comments with any sort of “jobs would have never released this ” nonsense. But I will make this exception. It’s easy for you to sit here and point out why the iPad is great, now that it is widely recognized. That wasn’t the consensus at the time of rumors and announcements. It was just as heavily pinned as unnecessary as the Apple Watch. I invite you to revisit this thread in a year or two.

      • WiseBlasian

        Apple is just rolling on their brand, the brand that Steve Jobs created. It wouldn’t surprise me if in a couple yers they lose sight of what they once were.

      • George

        The iPad is still a big iPod touch, 5 years laters and still no multi window. The iPad is dead.

      • Alberto Espinal

        Merman123 just don’t waste your energy with this one, they pop in the website once in a while, they are like roaches can’t never get rid of them

      • Antzboogie

        Exactly the Apple Watch’s battery is not groundbreaking at all. It really messed up the potential of it. Pebble is still the winner in my eyes and a few others that can go a few days.

      • Darthque

        What you said is very true. However, I think Apple entered the market too early. Their smartwatch has the same or worse battery life than the others. So they didn’t really improve anything. They just made it possible to have smartwatch functionality on IOS.

      • James G

        Charging a Watch once a day isn’t really a big deal. I don’t understand what the fuss is all about. Charge it at night just like your iPhone.

      • Kevin Osborne

        Because their “up to 18 hours” battery life with their horrible “usage” statistics attached seem ridiculous to me. No more than 5 notifications per hour, no more than 5 time checks per hour, and no more than 2 minutes of app usage per hour gets you to that 18 hour point. First off, if you get a lot of notifications, the price might be worth it, but if you’re not getting enough to go over that “limit” and not using it more than 2 minutes per hour, why the hell spend $350-$1500 on the thing anyway?!? Then if you have any bit of a social life, you’re screwed. Either take it off at work Friday and charge it all day so it can last you Friday evening out with your friends, or expect it to die before you make it home the early hours Saturday morning. I can easily throw my phone on the charger at work, in the car while driving to meet friends, or I’ve even had the bartender throw my phone on the charger behind the bar for 15 minutes while I’ve been out, (and in Airplane mode, it charges up pretty quickly), but doing that with my watch as well just seems ridiculous.

      • Darthque

        Not for $350/$399 im not. but thats just me.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I doubt it will last all day if your getting notifications.

      • James G

        Well the Watch doesn’t need to tap into LTE or WIFI to get notifications. They come via Bluetooth LE from the iPhone which uses much less power. Also, it will only give small haptic feedback instead of lighting up the screen if you have the setting enabled so it only lights up the screen when you lift your wrist.

        So, there is that to consider.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        That is true. Great point. We prob shouldn’t speak about it until its released, just like writers shouldn’t tell why we can’t live without it, until its actually released

      • CollegiateLad

        It’s not a big deal.

      • Arsanny Lintang

        “Apple NEVER claimed to be the cheapest.” Lol

      • Merman123

        Cost less ≠ Cheapest.

      • Matt

        Well certainly the “die hard” apple fans seem to think that Apple is the savior of the world and that it always is first at everything…

    • Kevin Osborne

      LOL! I love iDB and my iPhones, iPads, etc., but seriously, this entire article screams fanboy to me. Your reply hit it on the nose for me.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I love IDB and my products as well. But I agree, they are really going fanboy with this and almost shoving it down our throats. They are professing there love for a product that hasn’t even been released yet and trying to make us believe that we need it.

      • Kevin Osborne

        Yepp. No one should ever act like any company is immune to the possibility of releasing a fluke product. No matter how great a company and their track record, no one is invincible. Their “up to 18 hours” battery life alone with their horrible “usage” statistics attached seem ridiculous to me in itself. No more than 5 notifications per hour, no more than 5 time checks per hour, and no more than 2 minutes of app usage per hour gets you to that 18 hour point. First off, if you get a lot of notifications, the price might be worth it, but if you’re not getting enough to go over that “limit” and not using it more than 2 minutes per hour, why the hell spend $350-$1500 on the thing anyway?!? Then if you have any bit of a social life, you’re screwed. Either take it off at work Friday and charge it all day so it can last you Friday evening out with your friends, or expect it to die before you make it home the early hours Saturday morning. I can easily throw my phone on the charger at work, in the car while driving to meet friends, or I’ve even had the bartender throw my phone on the charger behind the bar for 15 minutes while I’ve been out, (and in Airplane mode, it charges up pretty quickly), but doing that with my watch as well just seems ridiculous.

      • CollegiateLad

        They aren’t shoving anything down your throat. You ‘choose’ to visit this blog and you ‘chose’ to read this article.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I love it when people use this redundant and ignorant reply.

      • CollegiateLad

        It’s no more redundant than your crybaby attitude. If you don’t like the articles here, take your ass elsewhere.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        My bad, I forgot we are suppose to be trolls and do what we say, vs being an individual and having an opinion. Por favor, disculpame!

      • CollegiateLad

        Just stop acting like a crybaby. And opinions are fine. It hasn’t escaped me that you haven’t used the product you’re talking about – that’s why ‘your’ opinion actually means nothing.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        Funny, the IDB staff is acting like we have to have, yet they haven’t used it yet either….so by your logic there opinion is also invalid. Thanks for proving my point. Cheers.

      • CollegiateLad

        Except nobody here said ‘you’ had to have this product. Lol… You’re nuts.

      • Okada San

        I love it when the “redundant and ignorant reply” is based in fact but you choose to ignore it.

    • I think there were people saying the exact same things as you are back in 2007 and 2011 when Apple unveiled iPhone and iPad respectively. And I think that’s what Oliver was trying to convey in this post too. You might not get it now, it might not make sense to you, but Apple Watch IS the future you’re talking about, regardless of who made a smartwatch first.

      The why is simple. Why? Because it makes your life easier and faster. That’s really the why. Yet again, people don’t understand this, and it’s only when they get to use the device that they will understand how useful it really is. Of course I am generalizing. Not everyone will find it useful. Just like not everyone find iPhone useful today. My dad is a perfect example of people who will never get iPhone/Apple Watch or find it remotely useful.

      You can stick the fanboy label all over this if you want to but it doesn’t really make sense either. We’re not trying to justify the watch, and it wouldn’t have been the same if any other company had made this product. The vertical integration Apple provides (hardware + software across several product lines) make this a groundbreaking product. Again, I don’t expect everyone to understand that for now.

      • James G

        Oliver is simply echoing Tim Cook’s thoughts. People don’t understand why they want it, or how they will use it or what the point is when they already have an iPhone – and this is exactly what we heard in 2010 when the iPad was announced.

        But history tells us what happened. People loved the iPad. Millions are still sold every quarter and people love them. Tablets weren’t new when iPads came out, but it was done differently and done very well.

        How people come in here and start saying the same type of thing “it’s a giant iPod Touch!” when there is history just a few short years ago to learn from…well that just baffles me.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        You can’t compare of that Sebastien. Those were stand alone devices. This device is not. They are not in the same field.

      • CollegiateLad

        His argument is valid.

      • Merman123

        You contradict yourself. You don’t want it to be a point of comparison when it is defending our point. But when it is to prove that those devices were innovative, then it becomes a point of reference for you.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        No I dont contradict myself. There are just too many points and reasons floating around in different conversations on the topic.

        But, those devices were innovative! Despite people calling for there failure they were successes. What I am saying is those devices were open to whomever wanted to buy one. Whereas the watch is kind of useless without an iPhone.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        And they are trying to justify the watch, especially when you pretty much start an article with an statement like why people dont get it.

      • Okada San

        You and your ilk are incapable of looking beyond your own perception of how things could be. Like I said in another reply, your entire house will have the ability to be controlled from your Apple watch, iPhone , iPad, iWhatever one day soon. So it won’t be just a watch now, will it? Open your eyes a bit and stop being such an ignorant puke to everyone.

      • George

        And when this product fails I hope you admit Apple made a failed product.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        They will just say “we didn’t get it!”

      • WiseBlasian

        The iPhone is a completely different thing. People were using “smartphones” before the iPhone. There was already a need for smartphones. Who wouldn’t want to have a mini computer that fits in their pocket? I know I did back then and I wasn’t a businessman owning a blackberry. The idea of having a music player a phone and an internet communicator all in one device fitting in my pocket was really something I was looking forward.

        The watch on the other hand is nothing but a phone extension at this point and it is pretty useless to me. The only reason I’d want a watch would be if I could put my sim card in it for basic stuff like calls just in case I have to make a call and I couldn’t didn’t want to bring my phone. I like my iPhone but like the iPad is useless to me personally so is the watch. It’s not that I don’t get it unless “getting it” is blindly following Apple and buying whatever product they come up with. Reminds me of people having an iPod toch, an iPad and an iPhone. LOL.

      • Okada San

        Just as the wrist watch negated the need to take out a pocket watch to tell time, so will the “any brand smartwatch” negate the need to remove a phone from our pockets to tell time, as well as communicate, control our automated homes, make dinner reservations, track our health stats, order a cab, purchase airline tickets, movie tickets, set your dvr, etc…THIS is the future of wearable tech, whether it’s Apple or any other brand. It may not be for you now, but it will be unavoidable in the future.

      • Kevin Osborne

        I’d agree with this, except, a watch should last at least a real day, not a “theoretical, I have no life” day of “up to 18 hours with minimal use.”

  • andyr354

    If you are messaging and getting notifications all day I could maybe see a use for the watch. For me I don’t. I have my notifications down to very very few things and don’t do much messaging at all.

    Different situations to everyone.

    • Tommy Gumbs

      I can see it being useful for that. I can also see it being annoying. But, great point.

  • dudeimmexican

    Replace it from an apple logo to a different brand and the watch will easily loose value and recognition. Overpriced pos

    • James G

      It’s not just a “logo” it’s the effort that goes into the building of the product, its software and the workings of the hardware all combined together that separates Apple products from non-Apple products.

      Non-Apple products exist that are just as strong, but when you buy Apple you can usually count on the union of software and hardware being much greater than if you were to buy Microsoft, or any other technology product.

      • dudeimmexican

        Very valid points, but sometimes we have to be serious about this. Just a simple replacement of logo would turn off everyone. Hey, if that’s the case, I can just call this a Samsung Gear. Either way, it’s still an overpriced pos

      • James G

        I am serious. A logo is just a logo. Apple could change their logo to a square for all I care. It’s what comes inside the product that you can expect from a company that matters. If I felt like I could get a great experience and at the same price with Samsung Id switch. I tried with a Galaxy, it failed even when it was an LTE device before iPhone 5 and I switched back.

        I don’t buy “brand” I buy what the brand delivers.

      • Kevin Osborne

        You’re missing his point… Yes, they could change their logo, but it would still be Apple. His point is, if Samsung made this EXACT SAME PRODUCT, but it was theirs, did the EXACT SAME THINGS, everyone here wouldn’t be getting all wet over it. As much as I love my iPhones and IPads, it’s kinda lame how many Apple fans think as long as Apple makes it, it’s guaranteed to be the best…

      • Tommy Gumbs

        This product isn’t the best. It’s overpriced and and no different than the competitors. Except this watch only works with iPhones which makes it even more comical.

      • Arif

        Apple “fans” don’t think any Apple product is guaranteed to be the best. People who buy Apple products think those products suit their needs the best. Perfect hardware/software interraction has been mentioned as one of the reasons for buying an Apple product, and they are right. Hardware/software interraction is way better than any other rival products, there’s no denying it. And that makes up for the tight ecosystem, which some find ridiculous. Sure Apple watch is just a phone extension, but if you’re going to buy a watch and you have other Apple products (iPhone, iPad, Mac) why not buy an Apple watch too? Yes it’s more expensive than other watches, but you know what you’re getting. Great user experience and great interconnection between several devices.

  • Thunder Cats

    the guy that write this post doesn’t even make any sense. If you are one of those sad people who wanted the latest and greatest or simply because it is Apple then just say so. Don’t try to be stupid by justifying nonsense. Comparing back in the day Nokia with a smartphone and built in camera is a dumbest comparison. Back then phones with Camera make sense because it is convenient to snap a picture rather than carrying another camera e.g. canon powershot. So it make perfect sense for folks to have the latest and greatest at the time.
    However, with the iWatch, you still need to carry your iPhone. It defeat the purpose because I can easily pull my phone out of pocket to glance at the time. Well, then some may argue, well you “still” need to pull out the phone to look at the time. I don’t think it hurt to take a second to pull out the phone. Besides, it’s not like I need to look at the clock every 15 minutes like some idiots.

    • James G

      One paragraph from this article makes more sense than any single sentence you wrote. Apparently the fact this is a blog and the writer’s personal opinion is lost on you.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        You are all about fighting for IDB aren’t you?

      • James G

        If someone has a reasonable argument or opinion I agree with I’m happy to defend it to naysayers. Especially ones who come in and call others opinions “stupid” or something more aggressive.

        I’m not saying you fall into either category; in fact I recall having a good debate with you a few weeks back about an Apple car that I enjoyed.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        Touché. I do remember that conversation. Wow. You and I aew locals aren’t we. cheers.

      • James G

        I’m on iDB daily. I love this stuff.

    • Magnusarie

      I am in complete agreement with you!

      I own a mac and iphone but personally, i think Apple is running out of ideas!!

      People keeps on comparing mobile phones to watches, a mobile phone is a necessity but watches are not…. especially watches that cannot function FULLY on their own.

      Do note that high use of notification will drain the battery which means either you limit your notification delivery daily or have a charger in your car,home and office for a non essential product, and remember that you have to take it off ALWAYS to charge it……….. such encumberance….

      Funny how fanboys always defends this without rational thinking or objectivity

      • Kevin Osborne

        No kidding… It’s also pretty incredible how many more people are speaking out against the Apple Watch than any other product. They keep claiming that there was this much resistance against the iPod Touch and iPad, but it wasn’t nearly like this. The Apple Watch is a huge disappointment to many more than either of those products combined.

  • Dany Quirion

    Ill much rather have the moto 360 it looks much better to be honnest, just waiting for it to be compatible with ios

  • Saria Hajjar

    I perfectly, 100% agree with the title! I don’t hate smart-watches, and I’m not a fan of any smart-watch, but that’s not because of the functionality that it does, or doesn’t, provide, but because of the fact that I think of wearables as a fashion accessory than a gadget; I like analog watches more than digital ones, and based on that, you should probably understand what’s my idea about the whole tech-wearables thing.

  • WiseBlasian

    Oh look I can do everything my iPhone can do on a tiny screen that is worn on my wrist! Who needs an iPhone?? Oh now I want a bigger screen because it’s hard to do anything on that watch. You know what would be cool? A 5 inch screen on my wirst! Yes!

    That is how you Apple fanboys sound. Mark my words the watch will not replace a pocket device ever unless that watch will be able to project holograms in yhe future. Even then that would be a privacy concern. Then we will move the glasses right? Lol.

    • No one has claimed that it will ever replace your phone. They are supposed to work together. Thats the point.

      • WiseBlasian

        Have you even read the article? The author’s argument is that nobody saw a phone like something that can do computer tasks thus implying the watch will be used as such in the future.

      • I have read the article, why else would I be here. And just because it will be very capable of things that your phone can do does not mean that it is going to replace my phone any time soon. The thing is reliant on phone in the first place. They work together on a conceptual level. There advanced capability, as the author states does not mean he or really anybody else who is planning on buying the apple watch plans to be getting rid of their iPhone anytime soon.

  • Rares

    “Not everyone needs Apple Watch, and that’s just fine.”

    • YES. THIS. Many people are very excited about the apple watch and see a ton of potential and value in the device. If your not one of them. Fine. The preorder process will be all the smoother for those of us who are interested.

  • Steven Honey

    I’m curious to see how much battery life i will have left on my phone at the end of a typical days use while i have the watch connected.

    • I think this is a really good point. I have heard that those privileged enough to have their hands on the watch already are reporting using their phone less. It would be a pretty cool unexpected benefit if our phones were a little fuller at the end of the day!

  • George

    You have to realize that a small portion of the population actually likes wearing watches, I got a watch like every year as a kid as a present and it always ended up stored somewhere.

    • WiseBlasian

      Same for me lol. Bought a pretty expensive one and I don’t wear it even at important events. Might wear it when I’m looking for a new job. And I would never imagine wearing an Apple watch as it would look very unprofessional.

      • Do you see iPhones as unprofessional?

      • WiseBlasian

        You put an iPhone in your pocket and use it to communicate etc. A watch is on your wirst. Must match your suit and it is more jewelry than a time tracker. Apple fanboys on iDB must be teenagers.

      • Yes that is true, but quite a few of the apple watch configurations available go quite well with a suit in my opinion. I mean a pink sports edition may be childish, but that doesn’t make the device fundamentally unprofessional. And yah, I am a teenager, how is that even relevant. Teenagers don’t wear suits? Or have too look professional? I don’t know what teenagers you know but I have to do both of those things pretty regularly.

      • WiseBlasian

        Teenagers are generally bad at forming an argument. Here I was talking about the watch and you bring in the iPhone which is totally irrelevant to what I was trying to say.

      • Arif

        Say what?! Apple watch would look very unprofessional? Really, that’s your argument? First of all, NO ONE in the position to hire someone, would judge that person by the watch he/she is wearing. Secondly, get over it already. If you don’t like it, doesn’t mean no one should like it. What works for you doesn’t work for others and vice-versa.

      • Hermenegildo Graruz

        calm your tits dude!

      • WiseBlasian

        Sorry buddy but in the real world those things matter. Go ahead and wear that pink watch when you apply for a job other than fast food/retail etc… Let me know how that works out for you. And judging by your comment and by other Apple fanboys you are the ones that actually care if people like the Apple watch.

      • Try wearing that space black watch with link band to your interview, what’s informal or childish about that?

  • CollegiateLad

    It’s a gimmick that I’m gonna slap down $1000 for. Can’t wait!!

  • Ok for the past few days I have been reading IDB’s post on this Apple Watch. I must say all of you that are talking like you have it in your possession (but do not), then telling us why we need it. I find it disturbing, as you can already tell I don’t come on here as often anymore unless it’s about jailbreaking. To talk about a PRODUCT you DON’T have then making our opinions feel invalid is disgraceful.
    Same goes to those that are saying this watch sucks or why come here if you don’t find it innovative. Let me just say this “WE ARE CONSUMERS” we work hard for our money and we would like to read on a product before we buy it.
    As Apple consumers (The logical ones) can agreed that this isn’t innovation.
    I stated before and I will say it again , the Apple we once love lost their innovative touch after the Iphone 6.
    Remember when Apple was about making a product that was already out on the market BETTER with innovation and simplicity.

    Why is it we want simplicity, but need our phone to be jailbroken, because the stock version feels bland.

    If there wasn’t any jailbreak what would you do? Think about that.

  • This watch would be just for beta usage, Apple probably did not make a lot of it just to see where it would lead.

    They are making billions, they now lost that edge

  • brad

    god I love reading the comments on this site. mighty fine entertainment.

  • ousmanesokona

    Very well said. Thank you.

  • Matt

    Was this supposed to be a persuasive essay or something?

  • Max

    Great article Oliver. I’m an avid iDB reader, but especially enjoyed this one. Thanks man!

  • Charismatron

    The bottom line is, people are not sold on smart watches. Companies are selling them, but people are not sold on them. The numbers are not remarkable for smart watches, and no one has produced a single article on how a smart watch changed their game.

    Tech does two things: expands and evolves. Smart watches are the expansion of tech, not its evolution. For tech to expand is inevitable, and smart watches succeeded where Google Glass failed (probably because Google Glass in between the user and the world + creates innumerable privacy issues). But however one failed and not the other, they both represent the expansion of tech.

    So, the smart watch is like so many other developments in tech: an inevitability. But an evolution? A game changer? An “I must have this to fill that void”? No. It’s none of these. At least, not yet.

    Most bloggers admit to not needing it, just wanting it. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. In the meantime, the expansion of tech marches on, while we all wait for the the tech (r)evolution.