“Apple’s ‘one more thing’ yesterday was the long-awaited, all-new iPhone X: a stunning piece of technology with fantastic performance, precision design, and — at last — a breathtaking OLED display,” Mark Rogowsky writes for Forbes. “But while everyone walked away agog about what Tim Cook called ‘the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone,’ it wasn’t truly the most important announcement Apple made yesterday.”

“Yes, it will sell by the tens of millions, hundreds even, and it will provide the bulk of Apple’s profits for years to come. But despite all the marvels inside iPhone X, it’s ultimately still a slab of glass and metal you hold in your hand,” Rogowsky writes. “Apple is already looking to the day when that’s no longer the way people interact with their devices.”

“The future will be worn and not held,” Rogowsky writes. “And that makes the new Apple Watch with built-in cellular functionality the real product to, ahem, watch in the months and years ahead. The waves it makes in 2018 might seem like mere ripples, but Apple is poised to lead a tsunami of change in communication as we enter the next decade.”

The freedom to go with just your Apple Watch.

The freedom to go with just your Apple Watch.

 
“Around 30M have been sold to date and it’s likely that around 1 in 20 iPhone users already have one,” Rogowsky writes. “Surprisingly, it supports not just 4G LTE, but also UMTS, the 3G variant that supplanted GSM — once the world’s most popular mobile phone standard. That gives the Watch access to scores of cellular networks around the world… With an Apple Watch on and AirPods in ear your freedom to move about is greater than before and yet the weight being carried has not been lower in the smartphone era… With an Apple Watch on and AirPods in ear your freedom to move about is greater than before and yet the weight being carried has not been lower in the smartphone era.”

 
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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in July:

If you don’t have an Apple Watch, yet, you are missing out. If, beyond an iPhone, you also have a Mac, an iPad, AirPods, etc. and still don’t have an Apple Watch, you are really missing out.

That said, as we wrote over a year ago:

The people most obsessed with an Apple Watch that’s fully independent of iPhone do not own an Apple Watch.

Apple Watch will get the ability to connect to cellular networks eventually – and that’ll be useful for when you’re out on a run with just your GPS-capable Apple Watch and you need to make a quick phone call or text a brief message, but Apple Watch’s display is just too small to be relied upon all by its lonesome most of the time. You’ll want to pull out your iPhone when encountering longer text, viewing photos and videos, etc. — MacDailyNews, August 26, 2016

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