“Seven months later, my Apple Watch is still the second thing I put on every morning. (Glasses first),” Dan Frommer writes for Quartz. “But while I still enjoy using it and recommend buying it, I’m starting to feel the limitations of what the first version of the watch can do.”
“Here’s what’s working: I’ve learned to rely on the watch, without thinking, for a handful of functions. These are as basic as quickly telling time to as futuristic-seeming as watching my Uber approach on a tiny map before it swings around the corner,” Frommer writes. “Notifications, one of the early big-idea purposes of a smartwatch, are pretty reliable and, with some attention to their frequency, very useful… I reply to a large portion of text messages from the watch, using customized quick responses. Tracking my exercise has helped me lose 10 pounds.”
“But that’s about it. And they are pretty much the same ways I used the watch when I first got it,” Frommer writes. “The platform simply feels stalled. I don’t think I’m being lazy. I’ve searched for new and compelling new uses of the device, but they are nowhere to be found. That’s despite several months having passed since Apple launched the second version of watchOS, which gives app makers more control over the watch, including its sensors and digital crown.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We do not disagree with Frommer. Apple Watch is currently in the same situation as iPhone was in 2007, saddled with 2G speed and prior to the iPhone OS SDK (March 6, 2008) and the resultant App Store (July 10, 2008). A few of us had iPhones for that year while the rest of the world looked at them as a curiosity, but we knew.
We wouldn’t trade that early iPhone or this early Apple Watch experience for anything.
You can have our Apple Watches when you pry them off our cold, dead wrists.
For more Apple Watch discussion, please read our Take here: Apple Watch and dissatisfaction.
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