Things you won’t get about the Apple Watch until you start wearing one

“I’ve already had a little bit of wrist time with the Apple Watch myself. To be specific, I’ve been trying a 42mm stainless-steel model with a fancy chain-link “Milanese loop” band that Apple loaned to me,” Harry McCracken writes for Fast Company. “I’ve learned quite a bit already that I didn’t get from attending both of Apple’s media events and getting brief hands-on demos at them.”

The Good:
• The hardware’s fit, finish, and general cleverness is exemplary
• The size is right
• The screen is delightful

The Bad:
• It has trouble waking up
• The Apple Watch is fast, except when it’s slow (when it’s doing something involving using my phone as a middleman to snag information from the Net)
• It’s quirky in the way that first-generation products running wildly ambitious software almost always are

General observations:
• Once you master force touch, it’s nifty
• You only want to touch the screen a little
• Apple Watch etiquette remains an unresolved issue

Many more pros, cons, and observations in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A good article – recommended – but we’re not having any issues with our Watch displays coming on when we want them to. We would like for some way to STOP them from coming on – like when doing crunches with arms crossed (off, on, off, on, off, on). Anyone know if there’s a way to lock the Apple Watch’s display off?


  1. Apple Watch etiquette… lol…

    Use as designed and there won’t be any problems.

    If you are constantly looking at the watch and ignoring others around you, you are using the device out of spec. The battery life will be horrible too. It’s an at glance device with a highly filtered notification list for the most significant items.

    1. If you haven’t noticed that the current generation has a severe problem with direct non-electronic communication, then you haven’t been paying attention. Someone needs to teach gadget users that the person who takes the time to be in front of them, vis-a-vis, is disrespected when he has to put up with all the electronic interruptions that people today apparently think are more important. That’s just rude, and the temptation to stare at a watch will be every bit as strong as the people who can’t take their eyes off their phone screens.

      I was taught that if you know you are expecting an important communication, then you tell the person you’re with in advance. Otherwise if you’re with someone and your electronics buzz, you turn it off and finish the conversation with the real live body standing in front of you.

      Be in the moment!

  2. “Anyone know if there’s a way to lock the Apple Watch’s display off?”

    Saving that for iW OS 1.1. 😉

    Makes a lot of sense, though, considering the biggest part of its push. Just put on a 30 minute “Do Not Wake” timer. *Other* things can still wake it, but not your movements.

      1. Hey FutureMedia,
        It seems obvious to me that SJB was talking about a iW OS 1.1 feature that would be nice to have, implying that it isn’t currently available.

  3. It may bring some Etiquette back. Not disturbing quite places when you forget to put your phone on silent. Of course there will be jerks who will carry on conversations with the speaker phone in supermarkets like the old Nexttell days. Glancing, even staring, at your watch is as not distracting as a cellphone. One of my problems has been demonstrating it to friends. If you take it off you constantly have to put in your password. So I end up with my wrist in a uncomfortable position. I have not told people I have one and have waited until someone ask me if that’s an Apple Watch. I have been amazed at how many people now it is one.

  4. I will resist. I will not drop the money on a Apple Watch. I will resist. I can resist.

    Oh, who the hell am I kidding. As soon as those things are in stock where I can just walk in and walk out with one, I’ll be buying one.


  5. Good question, although I thought I read on another forum that if you ran the Workout app on your Watch, it would suppress simple movement wakenings. My watch hasn’t arrived yet, so I can’t test this, but I’ll find out soon enough since I plan to use it on my elliptical.

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