AN AP­PLE WATCH?

iPhone Life Magazine - - Istats - BY DAVID AVERBACH

When I first heard about the orig­i­nal iPhone, I wasn't im­pressed. My ini­tial re­ac­tion went some­thing like: “Just what I need, an­other way to check Face­book.” Ad­mit­tedly, at the time, I was a couch­surf­ing kid in Thai­land, rocking a fuzzy mo­hawk and car­ry­ing all my worldly pos­ses­sions around on my back. I had not yet blos­somed into the tech en­thu­si­ast and die-hard Ap­ple fan­boy that I am to­day. That be­gan to change the first time I saw an iPhone in ac­tion while hik­ing through Golden Gate Park with a friend. When we started to get hun­gry, he took out his new iPhone, found a tasty Thai place nearby on Yelp, and used Maps to di­rect us there.

When Ap­ple an­nounced the iPad in 2010, I once again failed to rec­og­nize the value of the new prod­uct cat­e­gory. “Why would any­body want an over­sized iPod touch?” I thought. Six months later, an iPad oc­cu­pied prime real es­tate on my night­stand and it hasn't left my side since.

READ BE­TWEEN THE SPECS

Just as I once ques­tioned the value of the iPad's larger screen, many are now ques­tion­ing the util­ity of the Ap­ple Watch's tiny screen. It's hu­man na­ture to re­sist change and to doubt the next big idea. I've un­der­es­ti­mated Ap­ple twice al­ready, and I'm not about to do it again. In my five years of cov­er­ing the in­dus­try, I've learned that what makes a prod­uct great is not a col­lec­tion of fea­tures and specs, but rather the con­tri­bu­tion the prod­uct makes to your life. Steve Jobs un­der­stood this bet­ter than any­one, and the com­pany that he built is con­tin­u­ing his le­gacy.

RE­CED­ING TECH­NOL­OGY

A ma­jor cri­tique of mod­ern so­ci­ety is cen­tered around our ten­dency to walk around with smartphones in front of our fac- es. The Ap­ple Watch will give us ac­cess to many of the iPhone's most valu­able fea­tures while al­low­ing the tech­nol­ogy to re­cede into the back­ground. It will al­low us to nav­i­gate big cities, pay for goods, and view no­ti­fi­ca­tions all while keep­ing our phones in our pock­ets and re­main­ing en­gaged with the out­side world.

IM­PROV­ING HEALTH

One of the big­gest benefits of the Ap­ple Watch is, of course, its fit­ness-track­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. It's no se­cret that we have an obe­sity epi­demic in the United States. Nearly 70 per­cent of all Amer­i­cans over 20 years old are now over­weight or obese, ac­cord­ing to the US Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion. The Ap­ple Watch uses an ac­celerom­e­ter, a heart rate sen­sor, and GPS to track our steps and num­ber of calo­ries burned through­out the day to help us im­prove our health by get­ting in bet­ter shape.

NAV­I­GAT­ING THE IN­TER­NET OF THINGS

I be­lieve the Ap­ple Watch will be in­stru­men­tal in con­nect­ing the so-called “In­ter­net of things.” One of the hottest trends at this year's Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show was the con­nected home—from smart cars to re­frig­er­a­tors to se­cu­rity sys­tems. While smartphones of­fer more ad­vanced nav­i­ga­tion than tra­di­tional ana­log con­trols like keys, light switches, and in­ter­coms, they still pose some chal­lenges. No­body wants to con­stantly keep his or her smart­phone on hand.

Smart­watches pro­vide the per­fect so­lu­tion—they still of­fer an ad­vanced user in­ter­face, but are much more ac­ces­si­ble than the iPhone. On a frigid win­ter day, it would be much eas­ier to hold your wrist to your car's ig­ni­tion than to have to take off your gloves and dig your phone out of your pocket or purse. I think that smart­watches will even­tu­ally be­come the lynch­pin of the con­nected home and the In­ter­net of things.

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