Re­flec­tions on the Ap­ple Watch

iPhone Life Magazine - - Editor's Message - Donna Schill Cleve­land Editor in Chief iPhone Life mag­a­zine,

Amidst writ­ing and edit­ing in-depth tu­to­ri­als for this year’s How-To Guide, I ob­tained a new com­pan­ion, and I bet you can guess what it is. Yep, the Ap­ple Watch. I or­dered Ap­ple’s first wearable in the mid­dle of the night on April 10 (the day it be­came avail­able for pre-or­der), and while I had re­signed my­self to a mid-May de­liv­ery, I was pleas­antly sur­prised to re­ceive it early. We’ve had fun around the of­fice vet­ting each fea­ture. We’ve sent each other our heart­beats, drawn doo­dles, and car­ried on phone con­ver­sa­tions from neigh­bor­ing rooms, to which our web editor Sarah nat­u­rally con­cluded, “We’re ba­si­cally dat­ing in mid­dle school.” While the nov­elty of such fea­tures quickly wore off, I found my­self quickly re­ly­ing on the Ap­ple Watch’s other core ca­pa­bil­i­ties. While work­ing at iPhone Life, I’ve tested out lots of tech prod­ucts that I was ex­cited about ini­tially but that I ul­ti­mately cast aside; I don’t see this be­ing one of those prod­ucts. I’ve found it in­cred­i­bly con­ve­nient for track­ing my fit­ness, pay­ing on the go, set­ting alarms, tex­ting, and even talk­ing on the phone. My fa­vorite watch fea­ture is the sub­tlety with which it lets me ac­com­plish tasks. When I’m spend­ing time with my friends or fam­ily, I like to have my at­ten­tion on them. And, ad­mit­tedly, I’m ter­ri­ble at mul­ti­task­ing. This has led me to miss im­por­tant mes­sages and calls. I’ve no­ticed that since be­gin­ning to wear the Ap­ple Watch, I haven’t missed any­thing, but I’ve also re­mained present with those around me. The Ap­ple Watch is a re­minder that tech­nol­ogy doesn’t need to be a dis­trac­tion or a crutch. Star­ing at your iPhone or iPad dur­ing a lunch date feels dif­fer­ent than re­ceiv­ing a sub­tle tap on the wrist and ad­dress­ing it within a few sec­onds. Dur­ing the ru­mor cy­cle of a prod­uct, we spend so much time won­der­ing what a prod­uct will be like. Once it ar­rives, if it’s a good prod­uct, we of­ten can’t imag­ine our lives with­out it. I’m not sure the Ap­ple Watch has reached that point yet, but I think the po­ten­tial is there.

More Prod­ucts, More to Learn

While cre­at­ing this year’s How-To Guide, we be­gan to fully ap­pre­ci­ate that the Ap­ple ex­pe­ri­ence no longer cen­ters around one prod­uct. While it was once a point of pride for Ap­ple to of­fer a min­i­mal­ist lineup, for bet­ter or for worse, Ap­ple has em­braced of­fer­ing a di­verse range of per­sonal elec­tron­ics. With new prod­ucts come new ways of in­ter­act­ing with them. In this is­sue, we’ll teach you how to make the most of the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Ap­ple Watch and how to use them in tan­dem to ac­com­plish any task. We’ll start from the be­gin­ning, walk­ing you through how to set up your de­vice and in­tro­duc­ing you to the ba­sics of nav­i­gat­ing the in­ter­face. Ap­ple cre­ates prod­ucts that are a joy to use. But imag­ine—how much more sat­is­fy­ing will the ex­pe­ri­ence be once you’ve mas­tered all the fea­tures Ap­ple has wait­ing for you?

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