Apple just shipped their first wearable, which has huge implications for the consumer-facing Internet of Things.
In this episode we talk about Apple Watch after spending some time with it, and ultimately recommend whether or not you should buy one.
- The “stand up” problem, and how to fix it
- Apple Watch is Apple’s MVP (minimum viable product) wearable
- 20 million units of a 1.0 product
- Launching with 3,500 not-very-good apps
- Incredible scale: 885 million iTunes accounts as of fall 2014 (source: Bono)
- Apple Watch is to Fitbit, Jawbone, etc. as iPhone was to Palm OS phones — a different species
- Compared to Apple, none of the other players has an ecosystem
- Close to 40 models, confusing naming
- “It’s called Apple Watch, but it’s not a watch.”
- It’s really not for people who buy watches for the time
- “Take your phone, take notifications and messaging, put it on my wrist.”
- Apple watch as a needy extension of your phone
- We are Pavlov’s Dogs, but with notifications
- Health and HealthKit
- Siri sucks less (!?)
- Related to Siri 3rd generation?
- Hypothesis: Apple deployed to Apple Watch first
- Payments and security
- Water and scratch resistance
- Will traditional high-end watch buyers buy Apple Watch?
- Price means not a wearable for “the rest of us”
- The near and far future of Apple Watch
- Apple’s App Store schizophrenia
- Should you buy one?
Stuff we learned after recording
- Apple Watch measures your heart rate every 10 minutes while at rest unless you go to the Heart Rate glance. [Apple Support] It measures your heart rate more often (every 5 seconds when running, for example) when you exercise. [@bradlarson]
- Apple Watch: Consumer Reports’ First Test Results [YouTube]
- The science behind smartwatch scratch resistance: Is the sapphire crystal on the Apple Watch worth the extra money? [Consumer Reports]
- Mechanical watchmaker on the Apple Watch: ‘I wouldn’t say I consider it a threat’ [The Verge]