Apple COO: ‘Apple Watch marks the end of single-function wrist devices’

“Apple’s newly minted chief operating officer, Jeff Williams, appeared as a guest on radio show Conversations on Health Care on Monday to discuss the potential Apple Watch, iPhone and Apple’s health platforms have on democratizing healthcare, as well as other topics like human rights issues,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“‘I think that’s one of the things that interests us most in Apple. We’re big believers in the democratization potential of this,’ Williams said, referring to Apple’s health-minded products. ‘The injustice of fantastic healthcare available in some parts of the world, and others suffering needlessly,'” Campbell reports. “Earlier in the call, Williams mentioned Apple Watch as playing a key role in Apple’s healthcare initiative. The device incorporates a number of finely tuned sensors, including a heart-rate sensor, to record and monitor biometric data generated by its user. Collecting this information is not only beneficial to end users who want to get and stay healthy, but also researchers like those looking for ways to detect, diagnose and treat diseases.

We think Apple Watch marks the end of single-function wrist devices, in the same way the iPhone marked the end of single-function cell phones. The fact that you interact throughout the day with your Apple Watch for communications and payment and scheduling; we’re just at the beginning of this. — Apple COO Jeff Williams

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MacDailyNews Take: Sleep tight, Fitbit et al.

Fitbit either doesn’t understand Apple Watch or hopes consumers won’t; neither is good for the company – January 6, 2016
Fitbit exec calls Apple Watch a ‘toy,’ Fitbit shares crater more than 13% after unveiling Apple Watch Sport knockoff – January 5, 2016
It’s official: The Apple Watch is destroying the so-called competition – November 20, 2015
As Apple Watch sales ramp, Swiss watch makers suffer biggest slump in six years – November 19, 2015
Apple Watch models take top four spots on 10 most-wanted smartwatches list – November 18, 2015
Apple Watch is 2016’s hottest holiday gift – November 18, 2015
Apple has already sold more than $1.7 billion worth of Apple Watches – October 29, 2015
Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch sells 4.5 million units in Q315, takes 74% global smartwatch market share – October 28, 2015
Apple Watch users are abandoning traditional watches – September 15, 2015
Over 1 million Apple Watches already sold in China – September 3, 2015
Apple Watch already dominates smart-wearables market, says IDC – August 28, 2015
IDC estimates Apple sold 3.6 million Apple Watch units in Q2 – August 27, 2015
Best Buy CEO: Apple Watch demand is ‘so strong’ that we’re expanding sales to all 1,050 stores – August 25, 2015
Swiss watch exports decline most since 2009 – August 20, 2015
Apple Watch takes 88% of total smartwatch revenue – August 14, 2015
Apple Watch kills a entire industry in three months – August 12, 2015
U.S. wristwatch sales post biggest drop in seven years after Apple Watch debut – August 7, 2015
Apple Watch dominates smartwatches with 75% market share – July 28, 2015
Juniper Research: Apple is world’s #1 smartwatch maker – July 23, 2015
Canalys: Apple ships 4.2 million Apple Watches in Q2 to become world’s top wearables vendor – July 21, 2015
Apple Watch satisfaction is unprecedented at 97%; beats original iPhone and iPad – July 20, 2015
Non-techies love their Apple Watches even more than tech users – July 20, 2015
Apple Watch is Apple’s most successful product debut ever – June 1, 2015


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      1. Yeah, I hope it’s mounted to a bathysphere, because a human isn’t going to wear it that deep. I agree about the pool; many watches claim 100 meters, and you can’t even get ’em wet washing your hands.

        As for the Apple Watch replacing conventional watches, I think he is delusional. In fact, I think the more people accept the idea of once again wearing something on their wrist, they will look into owning a quality timepiece. And it doesn’t have to be a Patek Phillipe to meet those requirements.

  1. Single function watches are an embedded cultural thought stream for more than 100 years. Even Apple fanboy Steven Colbert doesn’t wear his WATCH on air. It’s highly premature to see the WATCH effect on that historical reality. How many of we WATCH owners didn’t own iPhone One? Probably most of us. I see year one of the WATCH as mostly a fanboy and fangirl tool that most people don’t understand. The idea of standalone apps and complications is not widely understood by anyone but the most dedicated tech types even if they don’t look like tech types.

    There’s no point in debating the efficacy of WATCH with anyone who is clueless about how powerful and useful it can be if they would take more than a glance into what it is and how it can work for them.

    My use is 10% exercise 5% counting and 50% alarms and 35% timer. The rest of what’s possible isn’t that important to me. Yet it’s worth having on my wrist 24/7 just for those few possibilities.⌚️💯😄

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