Once you get your Apple Watch, you’ll be surprised how little you use your iPhone

“Over the course of investigating the Apple Watch, I’ve spoken to several sources who have spent extended time with it,” Matthew Panzarino reports for TechCrunch. “By far, the biggest recurring theme is how little you use your iPhone once you have one. After these discussions, it seems certain that the Apple Watch will shortly be the primary way you access your iPhone during the day.”

“People that have worn the Watch say that they take their phones out of their pockets far, far less than they used to,” Panzarino reports. “A simple tap to reply or glance on the wrist or dictation is a massively different interaction model than pulling out an iPhone, unlocking it and being pulled into its merciless vortex of attention suck.”

“One user told me that they nearly “stopped” using their phone during the day; they used to have it out and now they don’t, period,” Panzarino reports. “That’s insane when you think about how much the blue glow of smartphone screens has dominated our social interactions over the past decade.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back on January 31st:

All phones are cumbersome to the same degree. They have to be pulled out, woken up, and poked at.

President George H.W. Bush looks at his watch during the 1992 presidential campaign debate at the University of Richmond, Va. on Oct. 15, 1992 (Photo: Associated Press)
President George H.W. Bush glances at his watch during the 1992 presidential campaign debate at the University of Richmond, Va. on Oct. 15, 1992 (Photo: Associated Press)
Apple created… a world of iPhone/iPhone knockoff addicts.

Apple will change the world again with Apple Watch, replacing iPhone zombies and iPhones on and under dining tables and everywhere else (you know, the stuff the older set complain about: “People nowadays, always looking at their gizmos, nobody can even have a conversation”) with quick glances of the wrist – like in the days of yore. In presidential debates, even.

As we wrote on January 30th: With iPhone, Apple changed the fabric of our everyday lives: All around the world today, you see people constantly pulling phones from pockets and staring at them. With Apple Watch, Apple will change behavior worldwide once again. A quick glance at your Watch and you’re off. No more smartphone zombies. Watch and see.


  1. An apple watch and an iPad-mini-sized iPhone double plus would complement each other perfectly 🙂 I’m getting the sapphire crystal because my pebble is scratched to heck and I always scratch up my watches. Otherwise I would get the cheapest because even the cheapest version will be fabulous.

    I started using my iPhone less when I got the pebble and the pebble isn’t an apple product and so isn’t well-integrated. I’m sure this article is correct.

    1. My reason for getting the WATCH SPORT vs an WATCH is weight. The SPORT weighs 1/3 less than WATCH. I want it to be as light as possible. I trust Apple that the Ion-X Glass is also very scratch resistant. Also, when they add the camera next year so Apple can fulfill the Dick Tracy Sci-Fi fantasy of Wrist FaceTime, I won’t have overspent for this version. 😜💥🚀😱😃

    2. I concur. I also found, once I began using the Pebble, that it affected how many times I was pulling my phone out of my pocket. I cannot wait for my AppleWatch Sport!

      1. I got an iPad so I don’t need to take a MacBook with me everywhere.

        Then I got a 6+ so I didn’t need to carry an iPad everyone.

        Now apparently I am getting an Apple Watch so I don’t need to pull out my 6+.

        There is something very surreal about all this.

    3. You’ll pull out and hold the iPhone less, since can just look at the Apple Watch (to see a call, or read a text, or whatever). However, when you use the Apple Watch, you are “using” the iPhone (except for some independent activity such as tracking exercise or showing the time). Apps that use Apple Watch run on the iPhone. Apple Watch does its magic because iPhone does the heavy lifting, and provides the supporting functions such as networking, Internet connection, processing power, mass data storage, etc.

    1. Yes, by opponents and the left-leaning mainstream media, of course, but that’s not the point at all. Bush’s glance at his watch is merely a famous example of how we’ll soon be going back to the ways people acted before the “smartphone zombies,” as MDN calls them.

        1. I’m trying to remember.. when did every last thing need a poltical moral attached to it? I don’t remember growing up with everything I encountered in daily life filtred through politics, excepting election years. Has it gone on to the point that electioneering is now 24/7/365? I don’t like it.

          1. Thank you, I agree.
            One of the reasons I come to Macdaily less and less. I don’t want ANY politics thrown in to my tech news unless it has direct bearing on said news.
            I was simply pointing out that the choice of imagery could have been a little better.

            1. That is saying that you don’t want to have a vaguely conservative perspective on tech news and you can’t abide even a smidgeon of it. Why is that? You’ve outed yourself, I think.

        2. How you can be ignorant of the bias of your information sources, I do not know, but let me propose a simple test. Count how many times the adjectives “right” “conservative”, “hard right”, “reactionary”, and such terms are used in an article of your favorite news source. Then count the number of times that their opposite appears — “liberal”, “left”, “hard left”, “socialist”, et cetera.

          The media feels it necessary to identify the miscreants and the out group. That is why you will see liberals and socialists rarely identified as such in the mainstream press, and why you will see conservatives and libertarians identified.

          Another fun game you can play is called “Identify the office-holder’s party”. Whenever an elected official has done something immoral or illegal (or is suspected of such), count how many times the official is identified as a Republican. Then count how many times the official’s party is not identified. You will not see the office holder identified as a Democrat very often. This is because only the out-group, the bad people, the non-normative group is identified.

          Try this a few times and you will see the bias of the mainstream news.

          1. Nope. Them mainstream press uses terms like conservative, liberal, Democrat and Republican. I have never heard hard right, reactionary, liberal, socialist etc on mainstream news (ABC, NBC, CBS, ad nauseum)
            Now CNN, MSNBC, FOX yes sure.

  2. Doesn’t the user still need to take out the iPhone to make or receive a telephone call, or has that also been eliminated by AppleWatch?

    I’m just glad I have faith in Apple being able to change consumers’ minds when it comes to selling products. Apple seems to have developed a pretty strong formula that isn’t easily beaten. Apple is able to build some pretty deep integration into its products that seem unrivaled due to Apple’s total control from beginning to end. Apple will even be able to give seminars on how to use AppleWatch with the iPhone. Consumers will really appreciate that type of involvement.

    It seems so foolish for Wall Street to continue betting against Apple and hoping for Google and Microsoft to take them down. Decent AppleWatch sales will give Apple a revenue boost like a nitrous oxide tank switch.

    1. “Doesn’t the user still need to take out the iPhone to make or receive a telephone call,…”

      NO! NO! NO!

      “Your wrist now takes phone calls.
      Use the built-in speaker and microphone for quick chats, or seamlessly transfer calls to your iPhone for longer conversations. To mute an incoming call, just cover Apple Watch with your hand.”

      Amazing what you can learn about Apple and its products with a little reading, e.g.,


  3. I haven’t worn a watch regularly for several years but started wearing an old Timex to get used to the feeling again.

    I’m pretty happy that the Apple Watch can be used as an offline music player. It will likely replace my iPod Nano on the track.

  4. I wonder if someone will come out with a complementary power wrist band to extend the battery life of the Apple Watch?

    Well the time for introduction is almost upon us and all the fun that will ensue. Happy Watching!

  5. And Then This Happened:

    Apple Watch picks up standalone functionality

    Apple has quietly added standalone functionality to the list of Apple Watch features ahead of its impending launch. According to the dedicated Apple Watch section on the Apple website providing an overview of its capabilities, Apple Watch users will now be able to leave their iPhone behind when going for a run and will be able to use the Apple Watch itself for music playback.

    Apple Watch – Overview

    Music. Control the music on your iPhone without taking it out of your pocket. And when you leave iPhone at home to go for a jog, listen to music directly on Apple Watch.

    We’ll hear more about using the Watch independently on Monday, no doubt.
    (Hint: Using Watch to navigate TV…)

    1. This is not new news. We already knew that you can leave the iPhone behind when running, if you are willing to go without GPS tracking (and use motion-based tracking). And that Apple Watch will play music from its own storage. And, of course, you can control the iPhone’s music playback using the Apple Watch.

    1. Don’t install the Facebook app.
      Most likely it will have very customizable notifications so it does what you want.
      I would hope “tap” only would be one choice and full “do not disturb” would be another.

      1. My hope for no Facebook app was more for the benefit of society at large. I don’t intend to buy the watch till it’s a quarter that thick; a Swatch Skin is all I tolerate. I would absolutely love if having notifications visible at all times on one’s wrist helps people spend less time glued to screens.

  6. Same old story to critics don’t ge it. All they understand is trying to improve the way you traditionally do things and add extras to that theme, rather than properly change and address the way we do things once the technology allows us to do so. Apple seems to be one of the few who is not so corporately Blind to the possibilities.

    1. I imagine these critics to be the descendents of those who pooh-poohed the horse collar and the stirrup in the middle ages. Historians have demonstrated how those innovations ended the middle ages. Critics! Their voices are ever a harsh cacophany opposing youthful ideas, ridiculing imagination. They are a form of death, denying progress any legitimacy.

  7. 2 things come to mind:

    First, will this change the distribution of sales of iPhones (5s versus 6 versus 6 Plus-sized)? If you don’t whip it out all the time, do you really need one so big? And as a corollary, if the Watch becomes the primary interaction point, won’t a return to smaller form factors for the phone make a lot more sense for some people? Mightn’t we see an even smaller device for the phone functions?

    Second: The missing piece is the ear device. I expect within 5 years we’ll have a low-profile, Apple-branded, wearable headset that is unobtrusive, with at least the battery life of the Watch, that stays in place throughout the day. And possibly within 5 years, but certainly within 10, will come the Apple-branded, IMPLANTABLE audio solution, charged either by induction or by the body’s own physiology. Or maybe we’ll all just be wearing a Google-Glass-style headpiece or integration to our own eyeglasses, finally made acceptable because Apple got it right.

    1. I’d think that you could go for a bigger phone if you aren’t taking it out all the time. That way, you’d take it out less so that you could use the big screen when needed.

      I use the JayBird BlueBuds for a wireless device and they’re great. It’s a two-ear solution though as it can be used for music as well as phone calls and interacting with Siri.

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