Yes, this is an article about Apple Watch. I’ll keep it short though and try not waste your time.
I’d like to share my understanding of Apple Watch with you. It boils down to one single statement.
Apple Watch is meant to make your connected life easier.
As I write this, I look around and the three people that surround me (I’m at a car wash), are looking down at their phones. They’re seeing what’s going on in their worlds — texting, on Facebook, refreshing email to see if they’ve missed anything in the last few seconds. Apple Watch is meant to get that stuff out of the way so you can spend less time checking the internet, and more time focused on your actual activities. There have been a couple articles about this (Wired, Daring Fireball), and the fact is that it’s all true. It’s a push versus a pull. A different dynamic that we’ve all been used to — it tells you what is happening instead of you constantly checking on things. It pushes this content to you, and as a by-product, you feel less compelled to seek updates.
After a couple weeks with the watch, I’ve used it for Apple Pay a couple times, checked in on Swarm, glanced at a lot of emails, used 2FA on 1Password, tracked 1 workout and many office ping-pong games, and checked the time and weather countless times. And that’s just it- the watch is for checking the time, and it just happens to do other stuff too. It just happens to be connected to your phone, and it just happens to have apps. But mostly, it’s still a watch. It’s not a bad thing that it’s a watch-first, because that’s what it’s best at. Will it change your life overnight? Probably not.
For me, it’s started to rid me of that 8-year itch of checking my iPhone. That terrible habit of turning on the screen to see no new notifications, or paging through the homescreen to see if there’s any apps I want to open. I don’t know how long it’ll take to break that habit, but it’s clear that it’s fading away quickly. And for that, I’m grateful.
Note: The particular piece from Daring Fireball that has rung true for my entire Apple Watch experience is this:
“Apple Watch is not hard to understand fundamentally. It’s just a digital watch, reimagined for today’s world, where wireless networking is nearly ubiquitous, and a fully functional computer that runs all day long can be fitted in a 38mm watch case. That’s it. “Just a watch” doesn’t mean “just a timepiece”. A watch is a gadget of which timekeeping is just one possible feature. Digital watches, in particular, have always been about more than just the time and date, and Apple Watch takes this and runs with it.” — John Gruber, Daring Fireball