I make no apologies for loving Apple equipment, but last night’s expo left me somewhat underwhelmed by the products offered up.
Clever stuff but did no-one mention to Apple that there are many fine watches already available on the market whose watch straps can’t be easily opened by a passing branch and whose ability to self-wind their mechanisms will put your day ish worth of charge to shame?
About a day before I have to re-charge the thing? That’s not going to get tedious quickly.
This tech is a classic example of something that will work great if you live in a city with an established data infrastructure. What about the people (myself included) who live in the countryside where it’s common practice to seek something tall with which to establish a signal strong enough to make a basic telephone call (let alone a high speed data connection that would enable this new tech to really shine)?
I can imagine applications (yet to be developed) such as medical monitoring packages that will look very nice on something like an iWatch but all of that seems a long way off right now and speaks to me of the on-going bromance between Apple and Nike’s trendy fitness monitoring bangles.
Here comes a man with an iWatch! See how he lords it over us mere plebs with our puny obsolete mechanical chronometers! But wait what’s that? His iWatch has run out of juice! How can he tell the time now? Perhaps an expensive add-on sold by Apple to fit over the screen of the iWatch in times of battery destitution? Behold the iSundial! Surely it can never fail.
Now, don’t mistake me I’m certain they are technological wonders of the modern age but I was underwhelmed by the iWatch (for all the reasons above) and overwhelmed by the size of the screen of the iPhone6. Personally I dislike big screen phones and the iPhone6 strikes me as a step closer to just holding an iPad to the side of our head.
Perhaps what we’re seeing here is a move away from voice telephony where the user simply types out their messages to each other or conveys their current mood via cunningly pixelated emoticons or maybe Apple have also invented some sort of screen that self-wipes the ear-grease off it.
Back in my day a phone was a phone, a watch was a watch and a cameras shutter sound was due to mechanical operation.
I’m probably just sour because I really wanted to see an Apple take on the Raspberry Pi or the Intel Edison… Something Motorola based… That or a re-release of the Newton.