Apple Watch Followup Survey #2

I’ve been seeing a fair number of negative reports on the Apple Watch and so I’d like to survey the Apple Watch users here at AVC again. We did this exact survey in late May. I’m interested to see if there are any changes to the results after a few more months of watch wearing.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. Guillaume Lerouge

    Not sure whether that’s at all representative, but from what I’ve seen so far in Paris, both with tech and non-tech friends & acquaintances, the Apple Watch has not experienced significant uptake. I have yet to meet a friend raving about it and saying that I should absolutely own one, although that had been the case with both the iPhone and the iPad. I’m not sure if it’s due to the lack of a well-identified killer use case, but the feeling around me is that it’s mostly a gadget/nice add-on, but not a must-have yet.

  2. Anne Libby

    An Apple store I visited in suburban Chicago last month was chaotic and crowded — there were several showcases filled with watches, and it didn’t seem like any of the customers were crowding around those cases.

  3. William Mougayar

    No watch. No survey. No comments.

    1. Richard

      I thought you might have been that one person wearing the Apple watch and Google glass 🙂

      1. Mario Cantin

        …and invest in the Bitcoin killer app for it.

      2. William Mougayar

        Google Glass? No way, that’s so 2014…

        1. Richard

          2.0 is out

    2. Rick

      William, am I to imagine you’ve started listening to my comments and are getting “off-gridy” like myself? I enjoy one day a month without using a clock. It’s one of the best days of my month. My creativity goes through the roof on that day. Also it helps me learn to focus on the task at hand instead of multi-tasking gear switching.

      1. William Mougayar

        Kind of.

  4. Terry

    I don’t own. Also not seeing many in the wild.

  5. Twain Twain

    This just got announced: Apple Watch + analogue watch (that costs $9,000).*…Not bought an Apple Watch. Not going to buy an Apple Watch. Still LOVE Apple. Just not this product despite all its useful apps.Mind you, I don’t wear watches. I own some nice ones but all watches get in the way of coding. They catch and scratch on my laptop and my left wrist feels weighted down.In physical comfort & convenience factor vs app utility & convenience trade-off, comfort wins.

      1. Twain Twain

        Thanks but the only time machines I’m interested in are these.

  6. davidwertheimer

    I see a lot of biased negative commentary around the Watch, even in these comments: people who want it to fail focus on how few they see, or the friend they have who doesn’t like it.I was personally ambivalent about the Watch. I bought one anyway, out of early-adopter curiosity, and I’ve been very happy with it. I get value and satisfaction out of it daily. It’s not a must-own device, not yet at least, but it’s been a plus for me, with few drawbacks.Also, even several months in, I get asked about it regularly. People have a combination of curiosity, enthusiasm and wonder. The main question is battery life (I charge mine every other day; it lasts longer than my phone), followed by what the heck I do with it.I suspect a combination of native apps and a second-gen watch with a three-day charge will double its sales in due course, but that’s just my lens.

    1. JLM

      .The confirmation bias — on both sides of the issue — on the Apple Watch is the driving force, as you have noted.There is a certain polarization that is becoming endemic to all things Apple.It is a clash of cultures with the fanboys rumbling with the haters constantly.In some ways, it is a leading indicator of the lofty position to which Apple (Apple products) has risen.It is a cult.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      1. Jess Bachman

        Yes, there is no objectivity or rationality to be found in this debate anymore.That’s the problem of being #1 in a culture that roots for underdogs.

        1. JLM

          .America roots for the underdog until it becomes the overdog and then eats it like its a hot dog.It is not just this thing. It is becoming everything.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          1. Jess Bachman

            Yep, I think the only winnable end game is a rise to grace, then a fall from grace, then rise to grace again.

      2. LE

        Fwiw with Apple this dates back to the 70’s.

      3. Richard

        This seems to be mostlt a male, pre Millenials, cultural thing. I’ve yet to see this in the woman that I meet meet.

        1. JLM

          .I think it shows up in women’s fashion — a subject about which I could not wet the bottom ten percent of a thimble.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          1. Richard

            Who doesn’t root against this type of guy.

          2. JLM

            .The very reason I gave up polo in the first place.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          3. Richard

            Fyi, his name is Richard Fagan and just had his hedge fund shut down

          4. Sam

            You sure it’s not spelled Fagin?

      4. Bernard Desarnauts

        You are right – yet with the Watch, there seem to be another tangible bias, the closer you are to the watch – as in — “App builder” or “Tech insider”, the more skeptical or negative you are about it. “Regular” people on the other hand seem to have much positive outlook about it

    2. Zoe Sexton

      I just had a conversation with Dom Sagolla (Twitter) re IOSDevCamp and he told me, while flicking the Apple Watch he was wearing several times, that it enabled him to focus more on conversation and other things than pulling out his phone for 15-20 seconds. More efficient and less anti-social which allowed him to get messages from his girlfriend etc.So one vote for the Apple Watch!

  7. someone

    No sales figures tells you all you need to know.

    1. LE

      Maybe maybe not.A few other possibilities are:1) Not ready for prime time….yet so why push it out there (I am not saying they aren’t trying to sell it just the hype machine is toned down which is a big deal with Apple..)2) Not interested in tipping off the competition to get their factories geared up with a competitive product. Release of sales figures would tend to do that.3) In the process of signing up partners and not wanting those partners to be approached by others.Nothing lights a fire under a competitor and jealousy than seeing that you are making a boat load of money on a new product or category. Meetings will be held, resources will be deployed. Kills the head start.Additionally, Apple after all, to their advantage over the years has typically been super secretive with at least one of the reasons being the obvious one to not motivate the competitor to have a head start on a competitive product. Now the competitors know but they maybe want further confirmation before spending more money.The way that I see this, and this is strictly a theory of mine not something that I read somewhere, Apple’s strategy is to essentially lay low while they sign up partners, perfect the product and work out the kinks.At Apple the people in charge are pretty good. These are not the same people that google has throwing “it” at the fan to see what sticks. Doesn’t mean they don’t have misses but I wouldn’t count this product out just yet.

    2. Elia Freedman

      This is Apple. Not telling us things is par for the course.

      1. someone

        Not when things are going well.

  8. awaldstein

    I’m running into them a bit. Lots of people in the hospitality trade where they can’t carry a phone use them.I’ve lost the drive to get one though.For now.

    1. Mario Cantin

      Me too. My wife has talked me out of it by being so adamant about how ugly the watch is, which I agree with now that she’s pointed it out so strongly. The deeper reason, though, is it comes down to Fred’s contention: I, too, don’t like to wear a watch, so that sets the bar really high for someone to sell me one, even if it’s Apple.

      1. LE

        The “don’t like” doesn’t really enter into this. You buy things because they provide value or solve a problem or reduce pain to name only a few reasons. .So the value can be a “like” (what you are mentioning) or because a problem is solved that you have. We are not talking about a hat here after all. (I don’t wear hats other than caps…sometimes.) [1]I don’t like carrying a bunch of keys around. But I carry around a bunch of keys because I need keys to get into places that have locks. I don’t “like” or enjoy brushing my teeth but I do it because it is needed for hygiene purposes.Most “normals” don’t enjoy “playing” with computers (if you want to call it that). But back when computers had less value I had a computer because I enjoyed playing with it. 98% of the people that I knew at the time didn’t have a computer. No reason to they thought. Now they do because it provides a value to them. They might even enjoy it for some fun purposes. Maybe even style or prestige. But at the core it provides a service or some value for them which is what drives the purchase in the first place.I don’t own a large plasma or LCD TV. Why? I don’t watch sports. If I watched sports I probably would buy one. In my case the Sony 30″ I got in 1999 still works fine (was very expensive back then).[1] Good point on my part. Why do I wear a hat? Because I don’t have as much hair as I’d like to and in some cases it almost is a proxy for having some style.

        1. Jess Bachman

          Yeah but like it or not, its a fashion accessory. When ever fashion is involved, rationality goes out the window. Same with google glass.

      2. Matt Zagaja

        My watch (space grey, black sport band) looks great on me.

        1. Mario Cantin

          Sorry, I didn’t mean to be insensitive; it’s a matter of personal taste. I personally find it ugly in the same way that I find the first iPhone ugly now In hindsight.

          1. Matt Zagaja

            Not at all offended. If I’m being honest I thought it looked monstrous in all the pictures and then when I looked at and tried it on I thought it looked great, much smaller and more subtle in person than in the ads. Also there are some styles of it that I don’t like. For example the popular Milanese loop does not appeal to me.Though I’m no fashion oracle by any means. Day to day I mostly wear a polo shirt and jeans.

      3. Bernard Desarnauts

        According to our data a little over 1/3rd of Apple Watch owners didn’t wear anything on the wrist before. They are capturing a market segment different from just the “watch” market.

        1. Mario Cantin

          Ok, thanks. I can see that for someone who would value having notifications on their wrist combined with the appeal of having an Apple solution.For someone like me who can’t wear it all day due to the nature of my work, combined with the fact that I’m not getting a huge flow of critical communications, coupled with an attitude at this point that less is more, on top of the fact that I’ve stopped wearing a watch because it’s a drag to have to put it on in the morning and remove at night, and it becomes obvious that there would need to be one hell of a compelling use case for me to follow in the footsteps of that 33% cohort.Having said that, I don’t rule out the possibility of me getting and liking the Apple Watch in a future iteration.

  9. JimHirshfield

    Pebble Time, bro. Having fun with it. End of survey.

  10. dovcohn

    I own one and enjoy it, but it is definitely not a must-have device. I stopped wearing a watch years ago, but I have taken to the watch pretty easily. I have to charge it every night, but putting on my nightstand is no big deal. I like getting high priority notifications on my wrist, and find I look at my phone a LOT less now. The fitness app is a convenient replacement to my FitBit, and the glances for stocks and scores are a simple convenience. Again, not a must have, not a phone replacement, but a nice complement to the connected world.

  11. Mike Lally

    I just switched from an android phone to an iphone. A small part of the motivation was the watch. I don’t have one yet. I am going to wait for the next generation. I like wearing a watch. I like wearing a fitbit. The fitbit, for me, forces me to lose the watch. With an apple watch, I can have it all. Plus, there are some really great looking bands on Etsy. 🙂

  12. Craig Cramer

    Three months with my AW and I continue to be delighted by it. I find it useful and fun. I hadn’t worn a watch in years but wear AW every day. It’s also freed me from the tyranny of always checking my phone or thinking that I should check my phone. I would guess that it will find most favor among people who are highly dependent on their phone but find that dependence distracting. And, wearers will need to appreciate the look of AW. I wonder if everyone will want to walk around wearing the same fashion accessory? That said, in the last three weeks – since the AW become widely available in stores – I now see multiple people wearing them everyday. Granted this is in SF, which no doubt has the highest adoption rate. But, a noticeable difference since before they were available in stores when a lot of people asked me about mine, but I rarely saw others wearing them. Of the four people I know who have AW, one is delighted by it, two wear it everyday and like it, but are warming to it slowly, and one mostly doesn’t wear it because he’s too attached to his expensive mechanical watches.

  13. John Ciasulli

    My company bought a few for our developers to play with, and I kept one to try out.I was very skeptical, but pleasantly surprised by the usefulness of the calendar and messaging functionality, especially as it pertains to how I interact with technology during the work day.With that said, there isn’t a single non-native app I use, even a little bit. I hope that changes…

  14. Jess Bachman

    I don’t have the apple watch, it looks like a steel suppository to me. But I am thinking about getting the pebble watch.

  15. Richard Lee

    1. i love checking the activity tracker (it’s so elementary / basic, so can’t wait to see how Apple will improve all things health/activity) 2. i like to dismiss notifications (i.e. news, texts, calls, etc.) without taking out my phone 3. maps when i’m walking around a foreign city (although, use case was in Europe where walking is much more prevalent)…i’m a golfer, so i’m excited for a native golf app…you’ll notice, a lot of things to improve, but i think it’s got a great foundation to ‘improve’ everyday activities (better than a phone)

    1. Richard Lee

      oh, and batter life has not been an issue

    2. Michael B. Aronson

      Hole19 has a nice gps appAw is great on the course, stay in touch without pulling out the phone all the timeJust the right level of notifications I’m excited for when Zepp comes out for aw, zepp is amazing but hate to separately charge and wear another device

      1. Anthony

        Glad you like the Hole19 app. We have an app for Apple Watch (and Android Wear) and so far the feedback has been great! Tens of thousands of Hole19 golfers are hitting the links with Apple Watch. With WatchOS2 coming soon, there are some exciting things in our development pipeline. Stay tuned 😉

  16. leeschneider

    My other watches weep on the dresser as I overlook them each morning in favor of the Apple Watch.The killer app for me is messaging – a slight tap on the wrist, a quick glance, and canned response, and you’re back to whatever you were doing.No pulling out the phone, responding to the message, and “oh, while I’ve got my phone out, let me check FB, Insta, Twitter, Swarm, etc.”It’s not perfect, but it’s a very good version 1.

    1. James Ferguson @kWIQly

      If your responses are canned – why do you even bother ?

      1. leeschneider

        I would think a majority of messages can be responded to appropriately with a pre-canned response: yes, no, maybe, i’ll call you later, on my way, etc.I believe Apple Watch even tries to suggest appropriate responses based on the language in the message.That certainly seems better to me than no response at all.

        1. James Ferguson @kWIQly

          Ahhh – definition of “pre-canned” <—- *light bulb moment*Not pre-determined but one of a standard setMind must be on sluggish setting !

  17. Dan Harson

    It’s early still. The software is immature and too slow to get value out of it daily. Tethered apps are clunky. When I really want to use it in a pinch, I spend more time staring at the spinner than using the app. Let’s hope that Watch OS 2 solves many of these issues. In all likelihood it’ll be second gen hardware that nails it. On a watch, if it isn’t instantly on, instantly useful, then it fails.

  18. James Ferguson @kWIQly

    Hard to comment when I dont have one, care for one or really know what it does (also have never seen one)However, tracking time is something I try to avoid alarms do the necessary- When working I try to work on what matters- When relaxing time does not mattertracking exercise – on water I try to swim as far as I can before it starts to ache (or until I get too cold) then I turn around and swim back – I like swimming past landmarks on the shore)tracking exercise – on land – I walk uphill until I get to the target I set – then I come backThere may be other things the Apple Watch does but it seems for some people the competition wins *time* after *time*

  19. Michael B. Aronson

    Getting better everyday as third part apps come out that allow two way interaction, try sunrise and cloud magic to replace native appsZava to replace activity trackerAw might save a life when driving, to not have to reach for phoneI love asking Siri for directions in cities and using map ,works great around NycGreat for when your phone is charging in another room or in corner of conf room

  20. Jess Bachman

    Should have seen the last apple watch post, where William didn’t know what “mofos” were. 😉

    1. Mario Cantin

      I’m afraid I’ve missed that particular comment.

      1. Cam MacRae…(Incidentally, I’m yet to single Apple watch on the MTR between Quarry Bay and Central.)

  21. John R. Patrick

    Question about loving it more or less. How about the same? That would be me. I like it a lot and expect it will get better and better just as the iPhone did. People forget the iPhone had no third party apps at the beginning.

  22. sfrancis

    Interestingly, at the most recent meeting of a group I know you’re familiar with, Fred (Trilogy mafia… we discovered who is buying all the apple watches. the adoption rate was north of 25% in that gathering of ~110 people. I don’t think Gary Chou has converted yet but give him time 🙂

  23. LE

    I am generally bullish on Apple Watch even though I haven’t worn a watch since college and hate doing so. But I would if it solved a problem for me. I think that the killer feature will end up being authentication and lack of passwords if Apple can sign up enough partners and achieve critical mass. [1]So to me this is a bit of a chicken and egg situation. Right now Apple watch doesn’t have enough value for me personally (or for others apparently) to get one. Today anyway. That could easily change. However as time goes on and when I can use it to authenticate like I did not having to use keys or key cards as was the case when I was at Disney (with the magic band) or not having to use passwords when logging into my computer or even instead of a million fobs then I am all in. And I think that stands a good chance of happening. Apple could pull that off.What Apple can do that no other manufacturer can is lock up partners just because they are Apple. This gives them the opportunity to do things that their competitors either can’t or would have a much harder time pulling off. Because not only do they have a boatload of money they have star power and a great PR machine. And the products are good as well. (Even if the OS has been annoying and slipping these past few years..)[1] Not to beat a dead horse with the same thought every time the watch comes up.

    1. Jess Bachman

      So when I get mugged, they steal all my passwords too? No thanks.

      1. LE

        Come on Jess! Do you really think that is the case?The Apple watch is paired with your iphone. Both devices are required to be paired and authenticated with the real owner prior to any authentication happening. And if you remove the watch from your wrist poof it all goes bye bye.Here is the scenario.a) You have an iphoneb) You have an apple watchc) You unlock your iphone the way you do now. d) Your apple watch gets authenticated only once when you put it on your wrist. Somehow some way. Doesn’t matter easy to figure out.e) If you take it off your wrist it loses that authentication and has no value. If your hand gets cut off you have bigger problems.So both objects are required and both are needed.Why is this better than doing the same with just the iphone?1) Watch is on your wrist at all times.2) Watch isn’t left on a table like an iphone can be.3) Watch is almost certainly not likely to be snatched out of your hand on the street. Could be stolen but loses the functionality.4) You don’t have to haul your phone out of your pocket or pocket book. You don’t have to (and this is important) authenticate when you pay with your thumbprint each and every time. That is a pain that is eliminated.But the essence is really that you need both devices and that you pair those devices for the functionality.My car has keyless entry and starting and I thought I wouldn’t need it. Then I started to use it and poof I am a believer and I think it is great.I don’t know that this is the way it works or the way it will work. But if my brain can come up with this scenario and see the positive security implications (and I am pretty good with this type of thing) it’s hard to believe that Apple isn’t thinking something similar or better.When I was in Disney you could get into the parks with magic bands and buy all sorts of things as well. They way they handled getting into the parks is with a thumbprint reader at the entrance. It worked pretty good I felt. Pairing a device with an iphone would drop that requirement. If you lost the watch it would have no value for authentication. Even if you had both the watch and the iphone it would have no value for authentication.

        1. Jess Bachman

          So what about this scenario. Mugger/hacker waits outside bar in trendy area. When people start leaving at 1am, mugger/hacker sees someone with apple watch, waits until they have unlocked their phone and starts using it. Goes up and knocks them out with a pipe. Then they drag their body into a waiting van, where they drive around and using the watch and unlocked phone to data dump all important information using some software written by the russians. Then they install their own malware on the phone which mines bitcoin and buys up penny stocks. They then dump the unconscious person in an alley, but first smear some lipstick on them and pull their pants down.Clearly, the only solution to this is some emergency hacker response team starring Tom Cruise, Felicia Day and the triumphant return of Jaleel White.Don’t you agree?

          1. LE

            I don’t agree. [1][1] And Hirshfield is funnier than you are and he could have said that in only one line.

          2. Jess Bachman

            Well now.. the gauntlet has certainly been thrown. (ᕗ ͠° ਊ ͠° )ᕗ

          3. PhilipSugar

            I thought that was funny especially the lipstick and pants part.

          4. LE

            I never took you as a mask and wig at Penn type, Phil.

          5. PhilipSugar

            No, but I did organize one of the funniest skits for the talent show.As a prank, we signed up our fraternity as an archipelago group to sing. We started with Handel’s Messiah and immediately switched to the 1812 Overture and performed a 40 man dog pile in suit and tie.As we came off the stage the organizer (faculty member) came up to me. I was sure we would not be invited to the next two shows, and I was wondering if this would be more trouble than the massive bottle rocket wars I organized in the quad, or the Princeton Tiger tackling.She was in tears and said that was one of the best skits she have ever seen in 20 years. She made me promise not to tell anyone because the surprise factor was so great.

          6. PhilipSugar

            In all seriousness I think your point proves this: You need security to be good enough from keeping the honest people out. The really bad people?? Doesn’t matter. Just like the lock on your front door.

          7. LE

            I think you are discounting the in between cases of security which matter. It’s not just the endpoints.That is, keeping an honest person out or that a thief who is determined can gain access (which obviously is true). Or that a determined prison inmate can escape anything (we recently saw that).I have another approach and that is to consider that there are in between cases to protect against. So I often go with that.For example at my office which is actually in a pretty safe area I have already installed some security windows (that are also soundproof which was the primary reason) and at the other windows I just got a quote on 3m high end security film. “3M Ultra 600 Clear 42 Micro Layer Security Film” I was amazed at how cheap it is for what it can do. Like it’s a no brainer.Salesman/installer made a point of saying that it is not foolproof (salesman is honest) however I just dug up some youtube videos [1] which make it very attractive for what I want to protect against. I am in a medical complex and don’t want some crazed druggie thinking we are a doctors office and have drugs inside. And I don’t want a deer crashing through my window (which just happened to my neighbor and trashed his office with blood and guts..) So the deer will be stopped and the drug seeking person will simply try another office that is easier is my thought. But of course if they really want to get in they can I realize that.[1]

        2. Matt Zagaja

          Important to note that until the update coming out in the Autumn if someone steals a watch they can wipe it and use it as their own, but they won’t be able to get the data off the watch. Once the update is installed it will work like activation lock on your phone and be useless unless they have your iCloud login.

      2. SubstrateUndertow

        Can the watch not provide biometric authentication in some way ?

    2. Rob Larson

      Agreed, using the watch for 2-factor authentication would be much more convenient than pulling your phone out of your pocket every time you want to log on to a website.

    3. PhilipSugar

      I don’t know why a watch solves that problem. I have one of these locks:…You don’t need to pull your phone out of your pocket.So far it seems the major use case is to not have to pull your phone out of your pocket.That in my opinion is not going to be enough of a value proposition.I am not saying there won’t be a use case thought up, but I don’t think that one is a good one.

      1. LE

        I looked into the kwikset btw but it was definitely a YMMV at least based on the Amazon reviews. So you are happy with that?The phone is different in that it isn’t authenticated in the same way that a watch is. A watch is (and this is important) strapped to your wrist. In the case of a phone (and Apple pay) you typically have to take the phone out of your pocket. So yes not for opening a lock on your door. But that assumes the proper safeguards are in place as well.Apple also has the ability to create a standard and get everyone on board. So they would end up with a solution that works not only with Kwikset but with Schlage and other manufacturers and even Sea Ray for starting your boat (edge case but making a point) or to start your car. Otherwise these things tend to be very balkanized.Not to beat a dead horse again with Disney but I found using magic bands even in their primitive form to be quite an epiphany. Keep in mind that Jobs was on the board of Disney and had access to all of their research and knowledge of why this solution would work and does work.Iger planned to pump nearly $1 billion into this venture, called MyMagic+, a sweeping plan to overhaul the digital infrastructure of Disney’s theme parks, which would upend how they operated and connected with consumers. At the core of the project was the MagicBand, an electronic wristband that Iger envisioned guests would use to gain entry to Disney World and access attractions; make purchases at restaurants; and unlock their hotel room doors. It would push the boundaries of experience design and wearable computing, and impact everything from Disney’s retail operations and data-mining capabilities to its hospitality and transportation services.

        1. PhilipSugar

          I am very familiar with Disney. Great Wolf Lodge has the same thing. Must be a great ROI, your kids can buy whatever they want without a credit card.I think it would be great to have the phone be able to replace keys.But the not take it out of the pocket thing is not a killer enough reason for adoption. Look it hasn’t worked with credit cards. Those you have to pull from your wallet, but its just not that big of a deal.For security I could have to have the phone unlocked with my thumbprint.You have to have something that is killer. Like being able to get my email outside my office, or get a call anywhere, or be able to waste time playing stupid games anytime.On the lock yes, but my wife still uses her keys. Doesn’t even use the fob. Proves my point. I would not have gotten unless I was replacing the door. The contractor just stood there gobsmacked. He is old school. It was no harder to put in than a regular lock and he had the jigs, but it still intimidated him.

          1. LE

            Here is another apple watch usage that I just thought of.How many times do you meet someone and want to get their contact info? Or a contractor that you see working in the neighborhood?How do you do it now? Either ask for a business card (I don’t even have one and contractors never have them in their pocket it’s “back at the truck”) or say “text me or call me”. Then you have to make a contact, enter their name and so on. Pain.What if you could simply place your watch near the other watch. Yes I know they tried this with phones and it didn’t work well. But the phone was an app running and not native.And placing the watch near another watch or maybe even a phone doesn’t enter the info into your contact database. It simply records the info and then later, even in batch if you want, you can then decide what you want to do with that info. /dev/null if that’s what you want. Or “yes contact base enter”.(And maybe that info might even be discounts or a coupon or other info. But the point is since the device is on your wrist and requires nothing more than proximity you have effortless ability to gather info that you want (and yes I also remember cuecat which didn’t work..) And then decide in real time or at a later date what to do with it.Imagine walking into the kitchen and bath showroom and seeing some product that you like. The product (because it’s high priced) has rfid on it. So all you do is wand over it and poof you have all the info available for usage later if you want. And if not fine. Even knows where you got it (gps) . And yes I know this can be done with a phone. But not without more friction. And to me dropping of that friction is really the key thing.

          2. PhilipSugar

            That started with the palm pilot. That was 20 years ago. Again technology looking for a problem. First case call my phone. Done. Second take a picture. Done

          3. LE

            We differ on this. Palm pilot was far from ubiquitous and non anywhere near as advanced. And “take a picture” is not frictionless and yes I’ve done that as well. (Contractor trucks…)Look Palm Pilot and Newton [1] preceded Apple phone and Ipad. And mp3 players preceded ipod.I think you are underestimated the advantage of having an advanced near frictionless solution and what that does for adaptation.An example that I use is the laser printer. If it’s in the basement you use it “n” times. If it’s in the next room you use it n*2 times. If it’s next to your desk you use it n*4 times (all arbitrary numbers). Why? Because going down stairs takes effort.Also you are certainly less lazy than the average Joe and you know that. So am I.A big mistake hacker news readers made when evaluating dropbox was the famous “why does anyone need this when there is rsync that does the same thing…hah ha this will fail”. People actually said things like that.[1] In the 90’s I had a Newton clone, sat on my boat and would send an email that bounced off my servers and they would report back that all was well. The Newton clone had wireless capability that was some special band that was similar to what pagers used

          4. PhilipSugar

            Wifi for my printer??? Game Changer. Put that big ugly thing wherever??? Win.Dropbox???? Work for a big company. I just want to transfer this big ass Powerpoint file.Same as USB stick. Yup about as safe as having unprotected sex with a prostitute. But I need this file for a presentation????

  24. LE

    Attached full page ad in WSJ a few weeks ago for the Halstead Real Estate app running on Apple Watch.

  25. Pointsandfigures

    Spoke with a guy that had one. He wears it every day but was unimpressed so far. Give it time for app universe to build then let’s see what happens

    1. SubstrateUndertow

      It is all about waiting on the inevitable march of proximal/distal sensors/actuators to arrive.Apple is just silly enough to believe that these will inevitable arrive in due time and that people will want the power and convenience of a miniature wrist-computer as a control-hub/privacy-enforcer.I think Apple is probably smart enough to realize that this product has a longer market rise time than any previous mobile computing product and that that fact will help them slow the clones when the product starts getting sensor/actuator ecosystem traction.

  26. Sebastien Latapie

    I want to get one, but the price is just out of my “reasonable budget” figure. The model that I would consider wearing is about $900 – more than I’ve ever spent on a watch. Combine that with the fact that it will likely lack newer capabilities/ be behind it’s time in 2 years, I have yet to pull the trigger.

  27. Elia Freedman

    I see a lot of negative comments from technologists, and a lot of positive comments from every one else.Personally, I enjoy mine. The exercise features, in particular, are excellent.

  28. Shagun Sareen

    There have been doubts about whether the Watch, established in April, has been a merchandise that was successful up to now for Apple. The technology giant appeared intent on allaying any concerns by giving lots of positive comments about powerful Watch sales — without details — during the firm’s third quarter earnings conference call Tuesday.Source :

  29. laude05

    The only real value I’ve found is tracking my exercise (bike riding) and payments at Starbucks. I am seeing a few more NFC payment options and will use that more frequently as more points of sale begin to switch over.

  30. ErikSchwartz

    I was in the Apple Store in Palo Alto yesterday. I was kind of stunned by the amount of very prime retail space they are giving the watch.Also yesterday Marty Cagan at Silicon Valley Product Group wrote a great piece on product process and the Apple Watch.

  31. Chimpwithcans

    Apple is yet to offer Apple Watches in Cape Town. Can you please re-run every ‘early adopter’ survey on the blog when they finally hit African shores? Thanks, appreciate it 🙂

  32. Humberto

    i’ve stopped opening my calendar, i just check it on the watch.. i am now sold on dictation, and even use a bit of siri. i run a bit more and am slightly more active during the day.. waiting for payments to roll out consistently.i think this will be big.

  33. Matt Zagaja

    My techie friends have them and I still love mine, but I do not see them as having hit mainstream yet. I am excited that Hilton is going to let you check in with their app and then use your watch as your room key this summer. I’m seeing more and more payment terminals that work with the watch. Using the thing feels every bit as magical as when I first got it. I am using Siri more to set appointments or respond to messages.If I’m being honest some of the interactions are “awkward” until you get them down. It’s kind of like when I moved from the Blackberry keyboard to the iPhone keyboard. You feel like you need to be super precise but it only starts to feel smooth once you “trust in the Steve” and assume that the machine intelligence will use context to fix your typos or that Siri actually will process your whole command.In the wild I’ve maybe seen two other watch users that were not early adopter friends of mine. Everyone else seems to be wearing FitBit, so I think one of the questions for Apple is going to be how to convince the FitBit users to upgrade. The people that I’ve seen use them seem to not use them extensively and they were surprised to learn about some of the capabilities I showed them.After getting the watch I switched from printing out paper boarding passes to using “Passbook” on my iPhone and Watch and it worked super well. However I can see how people paranoid about travel security would not want to trust their gadget with their boarding passes.

  34. Michael Makunas

    When the original survey was posted, I had one on the way but it hadn’t arrived yet. I didn’t intend to buy the first version of it, but it was given to me as gift for a “milestone” birthday. After having it for a couple months, I am way long on it. It’s definitely not perfect by a long shot. Everyone who asks me “do you recommend it?” I say “Yes, but you need to be interested in the tech enough to put up with the shortfalls. Those shortfalls are well documented, so I won’t rehash them here.What interests me the most about it is the way it changes they way I think about apps. Given how easy it is to download and reinstall apps, it interesting how people tend to hang out to them even though they will probably never use them. Ben Evens mentioned this in a post or podcast and it really resonated with me. I have tons of app that are only on my phone because of very rare “what if” scenarios. I keep them around like books I’ll never (re)read. Imaging doing that with every website your really liked (i.e., keeping a tab open for it)So apps have become more than just software you install on your phone. It’s almost something you posses as part of yourself. Now with the apple watch, the app extends beyond the phone. The Swarm app is not just something on my phone, it’s also on my watch (obviously). This, I believe, with accentuate the feeling of apps being something more than software and part of the self. With this, I feel, come an acceleration towards the whole idea of tech merging with humans (I’m trying not to use the word cyborg because that always sounds like you are talking about something physical).So, yeah, the apple watch is not perfect. I recommend it only with caveats. Owning and using one had been an eye opening experience that, I think, is a clearer glance into the future that any wearable/nearable has given us.

  35. creative group

    We continue to be befuddled by the herd mentality with the purchase of Apple products which are overpriced, behind their competitors in bringing what consumers want to the marketplace. (Followed and also ran behind Samsung large phablet screens).Now a watch that requires the IPhone to operate. Samsung has a stand alone watch.Just makes no sense. Apples competitors products can be customized to your specifications (Android, Windows) and Apple limits what a user is able to configure on its products.This isn’t even a fanboy vs Android argument but a commonsense question of why the interest in products that are overpriced and behind in technology with exception of Apples camera technology. I am sure fans will think of more. People always say competitorscopy Apple. Just perform a simple google. search on the so-called innovative product and some other company created it before Apple.

  36. george

    Seems like most of the negative reporting out there is under the influence.Love my watch and none of my other Apple watch fellows are growling either. The interaction is contextually good and I find myself developing new use patterns of behavior; I think that’s a really good sign for a new device.Only issue I have, more PoP payment terminal comparability is needed – really like the streamlined checkout approach.

  37. Ian Hathaway

    Take email addresses next time… that way you can reach out to and survey the same people. Would be neat to see how peoples’ attitudes change over time. My guess is that respondents from round 1 are materially different (more optimistic; brand loyal) from round 2.

  38. William Mougayar

    Kind of.