Can watchOS 2 sway 1st-gen holdouts to buy Apple Watch?

There are those who “steer clear of first-generation Apple products of all kinds,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac. “Their thinking is that the 1st-gen model tends to have a bunch of glitches, with the 2nd-gen product not just getting those worked out but also adding significantly to the functionality too.”

“This is a perfectly reasonable viewpoint, with significant historical evidence behind it – from the original Macintosh onward (one could even say from the Apple I),” Lovejoy writes. “But with Apple having added a whole bunch of functionality to the existing Watch via watchOS 2, has the company managed to give the first-gen refuseniks enough reason to reconsider?”

“I think something that sounds small – support for third-party complications on watch faces – is actually huge,” Lovejoy writes. “Being able to import data from third-party apps will substantially increase the utility of the watch to me.”

Much more in the full article here.

See also, Jonny Evans’ “21 all-new Apple Watch features” for Computerworld here.

MacDailyNews Take: Are you waiting for Apple Watch 2? Do the myriad improvements coming with watchOS 2 change your mind about getting the existing Apple Watch?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bill” for the heads up.]

59 Comments

    1. You can already get a “free” iPhone (with T-Mobile). Sign up for their contract-free plan, and you get a “free” iPhone (with two-year installment plan). There is no downpayment, you just pay the tax on the phone.

      Obviously, nobody is ever going to give you a $650 phone for free.

  1. WatchOS2 is great because it allows current and future Watch owners the option to upgrade firmware without making the Watch obsolete…..

    Think of it like getting the firmware in your car upgraded free of charge and getting a 30% jump in performance and features….!$

    1. watchOS 2 won’t sway me to buy an Watch (not that Watch isn’t terribly cool, it is). I’m waiting for Watch 2. After having bought the original iPhone, and my son buying the original iPad, and seeing the massive hardware improvements Apple made to each of those with the second gen hardware, I think Watch 2 will be significantly thinner with better sensors, perhaps more sensors, and of course the requisite boost in chip performance. Combine that with watchOS 2 and you’ve really got something.

      1. Well, then, following that logic, it would make much more logical since to wait for the nth generation…. why the 2nd generation, whatever you buy today will be vastly improved in the future. Doesn’t mean one shouldn’t enjoy life today.

        1. My guess is that at least 2/3 of the population just don’t get that. By the time that they decide to jump in, they have already been left behind because they just don’t get the new way of doing things. We have a name for them: Luddites.

      1. @John

        Don’t worry bro, it’s the delusional Apple fanboys who think junk is good. Welcome to the new Apple.

        Don’t even think about criticizing Cook or his sexuality, the new Macbook, the Apple Watch, the stupid new music service that no one needs, the keynotes no one cares about, the iPad that Apple forgot to improve for the last 4-years, etc.

        If you do, you’ll instantly be labeled a troll or a homophobe.

        1. I think this is not the forum to discuss anyone’s sexual orientation. Or, is that all that’s on your mind… all the time…in every discussion…. or topic…, do you dream about Mr. Cook too? Perhaps waking in a cold sweat… maybe even punishing yourself for the contents of your dream? Take heart! There is help available… but about Apple Watch….

    1. What a ridiculous assertion. Is it perfect? No, but it’s incredibly good, and what’s coming in just the next few months is mouth-watering. I’m delighted with my Apple Watch and delighted I didn’t wait. If you love Apple products, get your watch. You won’t regret it.

  2. WatchOS 2 brings a bit more clarity to Apple’s vision for the device. I’ve honestly been trying to develop an interest in the product but it seemed terribly limited to me. WatchOS 2 changes that. It dramatically broadens the application scope for the watch by giving developers much more of the latitude necessary to allow their imaginations to run free.

    At least now I feel like I’m very interested in Apple Watch 2 running Apple Watch OS 3 or 4.

    1. @Thelonius

      It’s okay, why keep trying so hard? If you have to force yourself to like something then it pretty much sucks.

      The fact that Apple Watch is not taking the world by storm is no big surprise. I felt is was a stupid idea when it was announced last year, and I feel the same way today (times one-thousand).

      Just because you use Apple products doesn’t mean you have to like or use everything. And by the way, the new Macbook is also a fail on numerous levels.

      Take “pride”… this is the new Apple!

      1. In what universe is Apple watch NOT taking the world by storm???

        According to third-party, independent reporting so far, Apple watch has been the most successful consumer electronics product (or any other product, for that matter) launch ever. They sold more devices in the first weekend / week / month than any other product released before (Apple or other company). The independent reviews by professional reviewers (who aren’t Apple fans) seem to be unanimous in praise.

        I’m curious to know from which planet are you receiving your information.

      2. 1-Your facts are wrong my friend.
        2- Have you tried living with the watch for at least one week ?

        3 -Once you do, you will realize how wrong you are .

        AppleWatch=
        Sweet, practical, addicting
        Os2 takes it a notch higher.. As every hardware and software iterration will do 😉

      3. You really shouldn’t advertise your ignorance so proudly. As Apple was quick to advise in all there pre- release advertisements, the AW is a very PERSONAL piece of wearable tech. So, it’s ok if it’s not for you…. It’s PERSONAL! unlike Macs, Laptops, phones and internet devices, the Apple Watch is designed to seamlessly interject itself into ones daily life. Obtaining a seemless intergration by definition requires that it be only subtely detectable, just the way you very seldom consciously think about the shoes you are wearing, even though they perform an inestimable service minute after minute throughout the day, in fact you only miss them when you don’t have them. That’s how seemlessly the Apple watch has inserted itself into the daily proceedings of millions of owners, powerful indeed, but barely perceptible. It has truly changed the way I use my phone.. & the extra minutes I gain every hour or m not fidgeting with my phone, responding to texts, trapped into following link after link, when all I wanted to do was quickly check receipt of a particular email, or text. For the better, my life is noticeably richer because of the Apple Watch and it’s only going to get better. And you’re right, if you aren’t deluged by alerts, tweets, emails, texts, news, and reminders, then, there’s less of a need for any intervention, but being driven by schedules and appointments, alerts, tweets, texts, emails, family reminders etc. I for one am grateful for the tremendously powerful effect delivered by my 1st gen Apple Watch. Though it hasn’t endeared itself to your lifestyle, as may be the case for many individuals, it has been seized upon by the medical professionals as a means of support for several patient types, IBM has already planned integration into the enterprise, as have several other high profile companies, including the legal profession. So, even though you don’t see it, it is definitely seen as a breakthrough product.

  3. It’s becoming a lot more attractive – as I thought it would – but I’m in no hurry. An iPhone offered me things I did not have before, an Apple Watch doesn’t really offer me anything that I desperately want that I don’t have, just a different, perhaps more convenient way of doing it. I can wait for an improved 2nd iteration.

    1. Only downside to waiting is you might be dead by the time it comes out and missed all the fun we’re having with it right now. I also plan to buy Apple Watch 2 when it comes out next year. At little more than a dollar thirty three a day to own the 28nm model for the first year. Why wait? Also looking forward to the 14nm model with 16GB storage next year. I don’t understand the advantage of missing out on the first year of excitement meantime.😱💥⌚️😨😃🎉🚀

      1. @FutureMedia

        You are the quintessential Apple Fanbois. You’re middle-aged, effeminate, fashionably gay, and of course you consider Tim Cook to be a great catch. You buy anything and everything Apple and you symbolically stroke Cook’s tiny Johnson every subliminal chance you get.

        Welcome to the new Apple.

        Who’s the new spokesperson… Caitlyn Jenner?

        LMFAO

        Whoever said the future would be great?

      2. If I’m dead in what’s likely to be less than a year or so then not having a watch is the least of my problems. If I new I was going to die I’d have better things to spend the money on.

  4. Apple Watch arriving in Apple Stores later this month for immediate purchase will markedly increase sales. Consumers unsure about delivery timetables are often reluctant to go through the process.

    I’m so glad I got mine on May 24. Enjoying it more and more every day. (Trusty Rolex hasn’t been out of the dresser drawer since.)

    Get ready for Apple Watch to be the hit gift item this Christmas — even for teens and couples enjoying silly, intimate messaging with TAPTICS.

  5. Nope. While WatchOS 2 looks like it has some great improvements, the value proposition for the Apple Watch just isn’t there for me. I’m not one that has to constantly check my phone for new updates or messages, so the marginal increase in convenience of the Apple Watch for this is simply not worth the cost of the Apple Watch to me. Besides that, there’s just no compelling reason for me to go out and spend $400+ dollars for what is in essence an iPhone accessory.
    I’ll wait for a future version that has better battery life and a lower cost.

    1. It’s never going to cost less. Only become more powerful each year.⌚️🚀💥 Its not only an iPhone accessory. Stand alone, It’s a Clock with up to 5 complications at a glance, Alarm and Timer handy on your wrist. It’s also a 2GB Bluetooth music player without the iPhone. And it lets you Apple Pay without the iPhone anywhere nearby. So you’re underestimating and overlooking how powerful it is even as a standalone wearable right now.😱⌚️💥🎉😍

      1. By looking at your posts, you seem to be entering your second childhood and have found a new set of crayons. Future media does not have to look like a 5 year old texting for the first time. Please stop using emoticons except for one on average for each ten posts.

  6. When I decided to buy the AW I was aware that it would more than likely be an introductory platform for what was to come, I knew that quite a bit of enhancements could be done in software without the need for new hardware, and I felt keenly that the only way to grow the platform was from feedback while in the wild, and I also felt that Apple would enthusiastically push advancements and improvements as quickly as possible. So, while I’ve really enjoyed my experience with the AW, I always anticipated that whatever drawbacks I would experience would be very temporary. I was right. Oh Yeah! Let the games begin baby!

  7. It is entirely possible that the next AW may remove/replace some HW features that didn’t work out. As a platform the AW is by requirement the most sensitive to changes in most efficiently using and combining the HW and SW that Apple has released to date. No room for ‘legacy’ or ‘so-so’ features. No doubt the AW2 will be better, but I’m willing to bet they will easily drop feature support for the first AW to better support newer iterations. The question is how fast will these iterations of the HW be?

      1. I was thinking more along the sensors. They may decide there is a better, more accurate or energy effecient sensor(s) to replace one or more that exist in the current AW. Do you really think they will begin to bloat the WatchOS to support the older AW sensors beyond 1 generation given the restricted resources in the AW relative to iPads or iPhones?

        1. Yes. I believe this year’s hardware will be supported for many years forward – at least ten – including inexpensive battery replacements every two or three years. Apple is not going to penalize the innovator and early adopters of WATCH 1.0 – the people who are making it the runaway consumer electronic hit of all time – by stopping this hardware’s support any time soon.💥⌚️😱😃🎉😍😜🚀

          1. Don’t misunderstand. Unlike the iPhone and iPad each generation of the AW will probably not need as many software updates that involve the HW. I imagine after a few iterations the WatchOS will have a separate version ‘branch’ for each generation eliminating any code bloat to support HW that simply does not exist for that generation. Current iOS updates include all feature code even if the older devices are not able to make use of them (disabled in those cases). Why take up precious space with code that is unusable for the device if it can be helped.

  8. As an Apple Watch hold-out, and a Pebble Time Steel backer, I can tell you that I ordered an Apple Watch after Monday’s keynote. Local apps was the differentiator that was finally big enough for me.

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