I’m going to buy an iwatch. I have many watches. I like them. My watches, some of them cost over $1,000 sit in my jewellery box. I have fake watches too. I never wear those either. I have a mountaineering watch. I use that frequently. It’s 15 years old and really is an antique in the watch world. I have a garmin GPS watch that tells me everything about my training programme, including my heart rate as long as I wear a chest strap. But I need a new watch, one that’ll tell me altitude, attitude and platitude, heart rate, oh, and the time. I love gizmos, so, apple is going to sell another watch, soon.
I carry my phone everywhere. I also carry a portable battery charger that charges my iphone – 5 times without a powerpoint. Soon, I will carry a portable charger, to charge the charger. My phone is my camera 99% of the time, my audio recording device for podcasts, my mail check, my instagram poster, so, why not add a watch to the list of reasons I carry my phone everywhere?
My only ummm errrr is water. I love wet. I can’t leave anything on the beach because it will not be there when I come back and there’s no way I’m going to remember, 100% of the time, to remove my watch before I swim. My repair job on one of my $1000 watches validates that dumb dumb moment of comfort and joy jumping into the pool. All that aside, I want an Iphone watch thing.
The Watch itself has been a hit with consumers. Analysts estimate that Apple has sold more than 3 million watches, captured 75 percent of the smartwatch market share, and generated over $1 billion in revenue. By some measures, that’s better than the iPhone and iPad performed at launch. Even more impressive, 97 percent of owners are satisfied or delighted with the product, and 86 percent wear it daily. That makes it a standout in the wearables category. Wearables, ironically, are infrequently worn. More than half of consumers stop wearing their devices, with a third setting them aside within six months.
And yet the Watch has also met with a skeptical press, especially when it comes to its capabilities as a fitness device. Reviewers have called it “nowhere near a complete solution” and argued that “this isn’t a fitness tracker built for fitness fanatics.”
This despite evidence suggesting that the Watch is having a significant impact on wearers’ behavior. According to surveys by Wristly, a research group dedicated to helping wearables succeed (so, yeah, biased), 75 percent of Watch owners claim the device helps them stand more frequently, 59 percent say they’re making healthier choices, and 57 percent note that they’re exercising more often. In a review meets personal essay posted to the Loop, longtime Apple correspondent Jim Dalrymple reportedthat he lost 42.4 pounds since he started wearing the Watch.