The Apple Watch addiction

“The Apple Watch is off to a roaring start among iPhone users,” Jim Lynch writes for CIO. “Since its release the only real constraint on its success has been Apple’s ability to produce enough watches fast enough to get them into the hands of its customers.”

“But what happens when someone finally gets their Apple Watch? In most cases it’s quite simple: They become addicted to it,” Lynch writes. “Yes, the Apple Watch is an addictive device but only in the best sense. Over the course of a day it can be a hugely helpful tool in saving you a little time here and a little time there until by the end of the day you’ve shaved off a lot of time you would have otherwise spent reaching for your iPhone to find quick bits of information, send or receive text messages, and even make phone calls.”

“The more you use the Apple Watch, the more you expect to have immediate access to such things. It is no longer acceptable to me to have to spend the extra seconds it used to take to get that information via a desktop or laptop computer, or via a smartphone,” Lynch writes. “All of this means that I’m using my iPhone less and less. Oh sure, I still love my iPhone. But I don’t need to constantly pick it up to see the information I listed above. So the iPhone now occupies a different place in my life than it did before I got the Apple Watch. I don’t use it the same way I did before I got the Apple Watch.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yup. Apple Watch is the first thing we put on each morning and the last thing that we take off each night.

As we wrote back in April:
Here’s what makers of Swiss or any other watches should do: Push the idea of wearing of two watches, one on each wrist or two on one wrist, into vogue. Because once people start using Apple Watch, they aren’t going to want to leave it at home. Ever. They won’t want to go to dinner parties without their Apple Watch. And that’s bad, bad news for watchmakers not named Apple.

Related article:
Tim Cook on Apple Watch: ‘I’m using it every day and love it and can’t live without it’ – January 28, 2015


    1. Got mine Tuesday April 28. 42mm SG WATCH SPORT. Band doesn’t quite fit my 160mm wrist correctly. One hole’s too lose and the next hole’s too tight. Going to the Palo Alto CA  Store this morning to pick up a medium blue leather loop (they have in stock) to hopefully solve this small problem.😃 Otherwise love this small wonder.

      Wish I could convince other seniors I teach iOS to in a local computer center that it’s worthy of ownership. But, alas, I fear the senior demographic is just not going to get it. They seem to be too old to understand what the WATCH is and jump to the conclusion that they don’t want one without actually knowing why. They think they know why. But they don’t. Very frustrating for me to see their lack of curiosity — even not wanting to understand it. They dismiss it out of hand at the mere mention of it. I know they don’t know what it is. Yet am unable to even explain it to them. Their minds are all made up. Don’t want it, don’t need it, don’t want to understand it.👀😱😨😂😖😩😰

      1. “I fear the senior demographic is just not going to get it. They seem to be too old to understand what the WATCH is and jump to the conclusion that they don’t want one without actually knowing why.”

        It’s like a person, who has never had sex, having an opinion on if having sex is good or bad.

  1. Great product that substantially reduces iPhone “out of my pocket time” which reduces damage and theft opportunities.

    The glances and message “snipet” answers make it very easy to shoot back a quick response to an email message or advisory…..!!

  2. On my wrist since day one. Way more valuable to my day than would have ever guessed. My dilemma – do I sell my Yachtmaster now while it still has intrinsic value or run the risk selling it as scrap gold later.

    1. Excellent question.

      For me, with several Rolexes that I have collected over the years (two are Yachtmasters), I am investigating my options.

      What I have determined is that I have little motivation to wear my old watches. They seem to be “old fashioned” like a typewritter seems to be old fashioned compared to a modern desktop or notebook.

      The problem is that these old watches are not worth what we have led ourselves to believe that they are worth. In any event, sometimes, when you are faced with a material loss, it is best just to comply, bend over and not make a lot of noise.

  3. Mrs. Ziffel received her Apple Watch May 1st; mine arrived May 12th. Our approach has been to start with only the native apps and let the watch grow on us.

    And grow on us, it does! I’ve used my watch as a phone more often than I thought I would, especially while driving and needing to make brief calls.

    The watch’s fit and finish is better than any Apple product we’ve ever had, and that says a lot!

    Jony Ive, Kevin Lynch, and Co. have done a fantastic job with  Watch.

  4. Great article. The paragraph that really sums it up is this one:

    “I have seen some really dumb commentary by so-called analysts and journalists claiming that there is no “killer feature” on the Apple Watch. These dingbats have completely missed the point that at a glance information is the killer feature of the Apple Watch! But you have to use the watch for a while to begin to understand this, and I suspect that the folks who have bad-mouthed the Apple Watch probably spent very little or no time at all actually using one.”

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