The wait is over! The Apple Watch is set to release on April 24th and can be pre-ordered starting Friday. It has been a highly anticipated wait similar to that of the iPod Touch way back in the day before dirt was invented! Consumers are giddy to try out what Apple calls their “most personal” product yet because of your ability to wear it. What can we expect from the first version of the Apple Watch? Let’s dive deeper into the pros and cons:
- Design– Other companies who have released smart-watches in the past have never quite found a sleek design, however, Apple seems to be onto something with their design. The “geek-guy” look, their manufactures have learned, has a limited appeal to its consumers. Apple’s design on its watch seems like a traditional rectangular watch design, and the early reviews are outstanding. “The device is stunning to look at,” wrote Farhad Manjoo in the The New York Times, “with a variety of faces and watchbands that bear more in common with luxury jewelry than with gadgets.”
- Functionality– The Apple Watch’s list of features is not shy. Almost anything you can do on your iPhone, you can expect to do on the watch. You can call (built-in speaker and microphone), send and receive texts, play music, get directions, use Siri, set an alarm, monitor your heart rate/fitness stats, use Apple Pay, and of course, tell the time. It is unique in that the Apple Watch can discreetly tap you on your wrist when you receive a notification. And it has enough apps and widgets to justify the high price. Apple Pay, health and fitness apps, calendar, map navigation, music player, notifications, photos, Siri and voice search, and more make it the most functional wrist watch ever.
- Battery Life– This has always been the biggest flaw in competing smart-watches of the past. Since a watch has high use consumption as well as high energy useage, it’s hard to fix this problem. The fact that Apple CEO Tim Cook said nothing about battery life speaks volumes. Apple executives reportedly told the tech press that the watch will have to be charged every day. Which may or may not seem unreasonable to you. For those of you who will have higher consumption than average, Wearable Imaging has you covered. Buy a mobile power bank to stay charged all day on the go!
- Price– Apple Watches come in a variety of cases: steel, aluminum and gold. Prices start at $349 and go up. Plus, one thing that has not been mentioned too frequently in all of this talk; the watches only work with a recent Apple phone. The new iPhone 6, for example, costs $200 and the 6 Plus costs $300. That kind of qualification could be Apple’s largest sales crusher. It eliminates consumers without iPhones, who might otherwise be interested, from trying the watch.
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In Conclusion, you’ll really want an Apple Watch, but you just don’t NEED one.
Like any Apple product in the past, it will always be improved on and a new, bigger and better version of the product will be released in the near future. And as soon as that starts happening, prices will start dropping as well. It’s a never-ending cycle from Apple. As for me, I do not think I’ll buy into the buzz of the innovative first generation of the Apple Watch and rather wait for them to perfect it. We’d love to hear from you! Are you going to be one of the first ones to try it out? If so, let us know what you think about it when you get it! Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for more weekly blog posts.