I used to work with such an Apple fanboy that he went out and bought the very first Cinema Display when it came out on the market. I think it set him back $12000 or so, which was probably a years rent for the guy at the time. I distinctly remember when we hired him – right after we hired him he kept talking about how this was just an interim job until he found a job at Apple, how amazing and wonderful apple was, and how much like a God Steve Jobs was. A few months later he did leave us for a role at Apple, although I hear he only lasted there a few months – apparently he started to speak his mind about where Apple should be going. Don’t really know, but its possible.
I knew another guy who was not as bad – but he did buy everything the moment is was available or on pre-order, as long as it was from Apple. New iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, whatever – the moment that it went online for pre-order, he was on the list and in the line.
Now, I love new technology as much as anyone else. I love that new, cool, gadget or app which promises to make your life awesome. And I suppose that it does for a bit. But I also know the reality of technology. And the reality is – never buy version 1.0. Techies know this – but the public at large – they just want the latest and the greatest – and of course, Apple feeds on this obsession.
The last guy, I was able to convince. The last I talked to him, he agreed to wait at least a few to 6 months before he jumped into new technology, the latest iThing. I doubt however that he waited for Apple Watch. I’ll bet there is one on his wrist right now.
Having used a Pebble a few months ago, I was pretty underwhelmed by the functionality of the watch. Sure, it was cool, but it drained my phone battery like crazy, and the functionality was, well, not really all that useful. I’m sure that Apple Watch is better – but the fact it that screen is so damn tiny, what use can it truly be other than a notification engine? I tried reading emails on my Pebble, and it was just a pain.
More than anything, this device will probably just intrude on our offline lives even more. At least when you pocket and turn off your phone, you can ignore it a bit. This thing will be right there – in your field of vision, buzzing and flashing, going “LOOK AT ME” there is something here more interesting than your life.
But I digress. Other than the iPod and the iPhone, Apple isn’t really a cutting edge product company any more. If you ask me, the Apple Watch is like a little shrunken iPhone for your wrist, with maybe some specific notification functionality.
My recommendation: just wait. Like iPad 2, Apple Watch 2 will probably work out the kinks. And then, after you’ve read the reviews and really, really think it will enhance your life, only then buy it. Personally, I think we depend too much on technology to make our life awesome.
I recently bought an iPhone 6 and came into the office. My colleague saw it and said “Oooo are you excited?” I said, “Uh, no. Its just a phone. It’s not the meaning of life or anything”
photo credit – LWYang – flickr