“In the five or so weeks that I’ve had my Apple Watch, it has changed my life in a far more measurable way than any other Apple device was able to do in such a short amount of time,” Michael Simon writes for Macworld. “In a sense, it’s taken me back to a time when my iPhone hadn’t yet taken over my consciousness, and I wouldn’t want to give it back for anything else Apple may have in its pipeline. ”
“With my Apple Watch I want it to be as simple as possible. I have plenty of apps installed, but if they don’t have an accompanying Glance I rarely refer to them,” Simon writes. “Apple Watch is a conduit, not just to my iPhone, but to the world around me… [The concept of Digital Touch] is central to what Apple is trying to achieve with Apple Watch. It’s not about replacing your phone or even leaving it in your pocket — it’s about using technology to stay more connected, not just through simple or multimedia messages, but through real digital contact. And that concept seems to be lost on many.”
“I can’t imagine not wearing it for a week or even forgetting to put it on when I leave the house — and that’s without using the fitness end of it much at all — but I can also understand how people are confused by it,” Simon writes. “It can be strange to have a product that excels at doing so little. Each time I read another article deriding Apple Watch for its dearth of features or general lack of purpose, I’m not surprised — we’ve been conditioned to judge products on how much they do, and the Apple Watch is a clear departure from that.”
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MacDailyNews Take: With Apple Watch, as with the Mac, it’s the whole experience. It’s indescribable, yet indescribably better with an Apple Watch on your wrist than without it.
A list of benefits simply doesn’t do it justice – and that list is different for everyone. You really have to set up an Apple Watch and use it yourself in order to understand. It’s Apple’s most personal device ever, after all. Without integrating it into your daily life, you just can’t fathom how useful it is.
To the vast majority of current Apple Watch naysayers: You don’t get it, yet.
But that’s okay, you will.
You’ll be wearing an Apple Watch (or, for the irrational anti-Apple types, some bad, patent-infringing knockoff that you wrongly and laughably claim is “as good as” the real thing) sooner than later. Watch and see.
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