Glancing – People need to realize that the  watch is like a wrist watch as the iPhone is like a phone

Her lovely glance 

SMU professor thinks Apple Watch has too much to overcome
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“The first wristwatches were a flop,” Robert McMillan writes for Wired. “Called bracelet watches, they were seen as a rather unseemly replacement for the pocketwatch, a more discreet means of keeping track of the time. Though mass-produced versions first emerged in the 1880s, it wasn’t until 1927 that U.S.-made wristwatches finally outstripped sales of their entrenched competitor.”

“With the Apple Watch, Tim Cook and company are now hoping to push us through a similar social revolution. And because that’s such an enormous task, it too may be a flop — at least initially. Alexis McCrossen, a Southern Methodist University professor and author of a book on the history of clocks and watches, believes that, much like the original wristwatch, it has too much to overcome,” McMillan reports. “‘They’re making two bets,’ she says of Apple. One bet is that people want bigger screens and more visible access to information, she explains, and that’s why the iPhone 6 is bigger. But then the company has hedged that bet with Apple Watch, in case people are more interested in having information on them at all times. ‘But the thing is,’ she says, ‘your iPhone can be on you all the time too.’”

“The younger generation doesn’t wear watches,” McMillan reports. “That certainly the case with McCrosson’s students. ‘Apple Watch will redefine what people expect from a watch,’ Cook said. But so many of us don’t expect anything from our watch. Instead, we expect something from a device that slides into our pocket.”


The  Watch may well be successful NOT because it tells time. And maybe not even because of Apple Pay. It’ll be because of glances.

I have taken a small sample of youngsters (about 5). None wears a watch because they have their smartphones.

Evert single one of them liked the  Watch becasue it allowed them to glance at data without having to take out their smartphone.

There is a lot of content where we only need a quick glance. Time is only one of them. The  Watch will allow people to keep their iPhone safe in their pocket as they answer texts, check the schedule, follow directions, etc.

All things we do not need to do more than glance at. And iOS is designed to do this quire well. 

Jobs’ description of iPhone as inaccurate as Cook’s description of  Watch?

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When the iPhone launched, Steve Jobs introduced it as being three products in one:

  • A wide-screen iPod
  • A phone
  • A breakthrough internet communicator

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When the Apple Watch launched, Tim Cook introduced it as being three things:

  • A precise timepiece
  • A new, intimate way to communicate
  • A comprehensive health and fitness device.

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This hits an important point – how we use the iPhone today (essentially a supercomputer for mobile uses)  is not at all the 3 uses Jobs presented.

The iPhone shifted a paradigm that Jobs did not even expect – remember he was not going to allow apps to begin with.

I expect the Watch to do something similar. In a few years, the device we wear on out wrist will have little to do with timekeeping, intimacy or health, although it will do all three.

I think it will be ore of a device for glances at data, information and knowledge from our mobile supercomputer/

The iPod classic may be dead but I will be using mine until it dies

iPod nano & MacBook 

The classic iPod is dead. 13 years ago people thought it would flop.
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Apple has quietly killed off the classic iPod after a 13-year run. You can still buy music players with the iPod branding — Touch, Nano or Shuffle — but you can no longer buy a device from Apple that sports the famous iPod clickwheel.

The classic iPod had a built-in hard drive that’s bulky and prone to failure. Newer Apple products — including the Nano, Shuffle, and iPhone — are based on flash memory that’s smaller and more reliable — but more expensive per bit. But as the price of flash storage has fallen, the advantages of a hard drive-based music player have dwindled. It’s probably not a coincidence that Apple killed off the classic iPod the same week it introduced the first iPhone with 128 GB of storage.


Not unexpected but a little sad to say goodbye to the click wheel.

Paradigm shifts – the Watch is a watch just as the iPhone is a phone…not very

TV Shows We Used To Watch - Christmas 1959 

Apple Watch ‘Too Feminine and Looks Like It Was Designed by Students’, Says LVMH Executive
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The Telegraph:

Jean-Claude Biver, who heads the French group’s luxury watch division, said the US tech giant had made “some fundamental mistakes” designing the Apple Watch.

“This watch has no sex appeal. It’s too feminine and looks too much like the smartwatches already on the market,” Mr Biver said in an interview with daily Die Welt.

“To be totally honest, it looks like it was designed by a student in their first trimester,” added Mr Biver, who heads up the brands Tag Heuer, Zenith and Hublot.

“PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”


The last quote is from the CEO of Palm discussing the paradigm shift that was the iPhone. Some of the rest:

“We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone”

And they never really did, even as the PC guts destroyed them.

I’m not certain the Watch is the Holy Grail but is the first real demonstration that what we will wear on our wrists will only tell time in a peripheral fashion, just as the supercomputer we carry in our pockets is only peripherally a phone.

People who continue to look at smart watches like jewelry are simply on the wrong side of the paradigm shift.

What we wear on our wrists will provide glances at data (something Apple has been the first to make explicit in my opinion). It is not for consuming data, like an iPad or for manipulating it, like a laptop or iPhone.

It is for rapid and quick interaction with data while we put our attention onto other things.

That is what I think Google got wrong with Glass, trying to make it kinda like a super computer on your head. What I think it should be is a display device for the output coming from the supercomputer in our pockets, for those times when we need to do more than glance.

Combine these and I bet we would have a very rapid way to interact with all the data being generated by the supercomputers in our pockets, in ways we cannot even imagine now.

Apple Watch is the best smart watch for those who already have iPhons

 Цена Apple Watch. А еще в них есть NFC для Apple Pay. Доступны в начале 2015.

The Apple Watch is designed for everybody
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The Moto 360 is too aggressive. It’s too big. It’s too shiny. Its face is too large in comparison to its bezel. Its strap flops out from the edge of its case like a dog’s tongue on a hot day. That’s my opinion. Many will disagree with me, but I don’t care. I will never wear a Moto 360. I might wear an Apple Watch, though. I expect millions of others might too.

Let’s get one thing out of the way: the Apple Watch is not a pretty watch. A bulbous slab of metal, its case is a chunky blob with a square face and bulging sides. But while not conventionally attractive, it does achieve one extremely important goal: anonymity. However big it may be, the soft lines of the case seem to almost fade into insignificance, shifting focus to the strap…


I really like the new watch. I think it hits many of the necessary things I’d like to see in a smart watch 1.0.

One key aspect of timepieces that I expect smart watches to change – a smart watch will not be seen mainly as jewelry, as almost every modern watch is viewed. It will provide so much more usefulness than that.

Sure individualization will be important but as this tech matures, the usefulness will become more important, just as the computational usefulness of smartphones have come to dominate their phone calling aspects.

We are seeing some nice starts but I really see the smart watch as a useful adjunct mainly using the computational power of the mobile supercomputer we will carry in our pocket. You will need both.

What I liked about the Apple watch was one important aspect I had not seen done as well yet on other watches – it is for glancing more than looking at. That is, we just glance at the data, not interact deeply with it.

We glance at the time, glance at the text, glance at the temperature. We are not writing emails. I like that I can set up directions and the watch will silently use haptic feedback to tell me when to turn. 

No need to even glance. I’ll be able to pay  for clothes or open my hotel room with a simple motion. Control my TV streaming. Check in for an airplane trip.

The health and fitness stuff is not compelling yet but may well be in version 2 or 3. People forget that the original iPhone, while amazing, had many people think it was stupid and worthless. It did not become compelling until the 3G – a year after introduction.

I expect that this might be similar. I expect things to open up a lot as people change their view of what a watch can do, just as they changed what they think a phone should do.

But it will only be of interest to those who already have an iPhone since one is required. I see smart watches for either Android or iOS to drive more hardware lock-in. And it will only be a subset of iPhone users who may buy one, so I do not see them penetrating as far as iPhones.

I could be wrong though.

Of course, cell phone companies are already advertising an iPhone 6 for free with a 2 year contract and your old phone. So I expect some deals may make an Apple Watch a more interesting prospect.

But if Android is your favorite, I do not expect the Apple Watch to change your mind. 

I wondered about having a flexible iWatch last year


Tim Bajarin: Apple’s smartwatch is going to be historic
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“When Apple wants to make a big splash, it returns to its history,” Brian X. Chen reports for The New York Times. “Thirty years ago at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, a roomy auditorium in Cupertino, Calif., Steven P. Jobs introduced the original Macintosh. On Tuesday, Apple will come back to the center to unveil a set of long-anticipated products: two iPhones with larger screens, and a wearable computer that the media has nicknamed the iWatch.”

“The so-called smartwatch will be the first brand-new product unveiled under Apple’s new chief, Timothy D. Cook, who took the helm after Mr. Jobs died nearly three years ago. It is expected to come in two sizes and combine functions like health and fitness monitoring with mobile computing tasks like displaying maps, said people knowledgeable about the product. It will have a unique, flexible screen and, like the new phones, will support technology that allows people to pay for things wirelessly,” Chen reports. “‘I believe it’s going to be historic,’ said Tim Bajarin, a consumer technology analyst for Creative Strategies who attended the original Mac event in 1984.”


A unique, flexible screen? Could it be due to this patent I mentioned last  year? Not a hinge, but for something that could match a body’s contours.

You really can get an iPhone working after it has spent minutes underwater

Resuscitating a Drowned iPhone 5
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Rob Griffiths, writing at Macworld:

Thanks to (I’m guessing) some time in the rice and a healthy dose of compressed air, I now have a fully functional iPhone 5, as seen in the image at right. I find this simply amazing, given the amount of time it spent 10 feet deep in a lake. So what did I learn during this incident?

(Via Shawn King.)


It id not easy fixing the phone but, as this story shows, it is possible.


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