If round smartwatches are to stick around, I think there needs to be a significant rethinking of how information is presented.Read more
I just got chance to read The Oatmeal's Apple Watch review from a few days ago. It's actually a solid write up, sprinkled with the humor you'd expect from Matthew Inman, including gems like this:
I am filing “receiving a phone call on my Apple Watch” in the same category as “stuffing pickles up my butt.” I have pickles. I have a butt. It’s something I can do, the opportunity is there, but it’s not something I’d ever want to do.
If you haven't read it yet, do so now!
Source: The Oatmeal
If Apple can get onto the wrists of watch enthusiasts, the Swiss brands might struggle to claim back that real estate.Read more
Apple Watch supply is clearly catching up with demand and we know we'll definitely see in-store availability in all markets by June 26th (if not sooner in the nine launch countries).Read more
I've got a lot of time for Ashleigh Allsopp of Macworld UK/TechAdvisor et al. and I'm a fan of her writing in general, but her recent rant on the Apple Watch — entitled 'Why I think the Apple Watch sucks and you'd be mad to buy one' — left a lot to be desired.Read more
Marco Arment on the Apple Watch's built-in Activity app.Read more
Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate how we evaluate product launches.Read more
It's a shrewd analysis by Ben. We'll see in yet more time how the interaction model for the Watch develops.Read more
Apple today released the first update to its Apple Watch operating system: Watch OS 1.0.1. The update brings with it a number of updates to the Watch's Siri, fitness features, accessibility and extended Emoji and language support.Read more
Stephen shares his thoughts on each Apple Watch face currently available. I think he's spot on with regard to the pros and cons of each.Read more
If you only read one Apple Watch review, make it Rene Ritchie and co.'s deep dive into the wearable device over at iMore.Read more
M.G. Siegler, 500ish Words:
Using the Apple Watch effectively necessarily means breaking some of those iPhone habits. [...]
In an interesting twist, this is why I believe Apple Watch is going to be easier for non-hardcore iPhone users to pick up. Someone new to iPhone won’t have all of this muscle memory to re-train. Some Apple Watch features which feel unintuitive to me may feel completely intuitive to someone who isn’t used to doing something a certain way on their iPhone.
I had a rough first 24 hours with the Apple Watch. It was seemingly one frustration after another. Then I realized I was trying to use the thing as I would my iPhone. And that’s simply not what this device is. It’s not an iPhone replacement, it’s 100 percent a complement. Which is why some of the initial backlash that you wouldn’t be able to use the device without your iPhone was not only misguided — it was completely backwards.
I think M.G. is right and I feel this is what some of the early Apple Watch reviews got wrong. After spending only one week with the device when their reviews were published, it's hard to imagine that reviewers had fully grasped what Apple Watch is about.
There are certainly some quirks in the Apple Watch UX, but these might not be so jarring to "average" iPhone users as they are to the power users.
Source: 500ish Words
A really excellent read from Mark D. Miller outlining the experiences he's had with the Watch in his first week of ownership.Read more
It will be interesting to see how the initial wave of Apple Watch apps change in the coming days and weeks as developers get to test out their apps on actual Apple Watch hardware in real life.Read more
It's crazy how often this kind of thing happens and how predictable it is every time. Rene Rtichie absolutely nails it with his analysis over at iMore.Read more
The Watch’s greatest strength is that it lets you put your phone in your pocket – and then does just enough to encourage you to leave it there.Read more
It's hard to describe what Apple Watch is good for or indeed why it should exist, but I'd agree with Benjamin that it is a combination of small things that make it worthwhile for each individual user.Read more
It's not often that the success of a consumer electronic product is judged by how little you use the device, but for the Apple Watch it seems appropriate.Read more
Apple Watch seems to make the perfect travel companion.Read more
On the same day that the first Apple Watch orders were being delivered to customers, Samsung decided it would be a good time to announce that its next-generation Gear smartwatch would come with an SDK for developers to build native apps with.Read more