On Friday, April 10, Apple’s going to open the floodgates yet again. That’s the day that they green light pre-orders for the next big thing. No, that’s not right. It’s the next small thing, and what Apple calls its “most personal device yet.” In classic Apple fashion, the Watch isn’t just another device, or even just another wearable, but a device unlike anything that’s come before it. It doesn’t matter that other smartwatches have been on the market for quite some time, this is Apple’s and it’s going to change everything.
Whether that actually happens or not remains to be seen. After all, it’s just going up for pre-order this weekend, and won’t go on sale for another two weeks. A lot of people are expecting the Watch to get tons, and tons, of pre-orders, of course, and I have no doubt that it will. It’s a nice device, with some cool features, even if there are some areas leaving many people wanting.
The Watch is a perfect accessory for the iPhone, and the Watch will certainly fit as a perfect addition to the ecosystem that Apple has built. Unlike other smartwatches that connect to iOS (like hopefully Android Wear someday), the Apple Watch is designed to function as an extension of iOS, and not merely something accessing certain elements. I know quite a few people who have tried a smartwatch and just haven’t stuck with it, because it didn’t feel like a cohesive relationship.
That will change with the Apple Watch, or at least one would hope that’s the case. Even something as simple as notifications not stacking up, or the Watch not notifying owners of notifications when it’s not wrapped around a wrist, will go a long way for quite a few people. I know that this is something I’m specifically looking forward to, for instance.
There are indeed features of the Watch that make it standout, that make it a worthwhile device — the battery notwithstanding. Yes, it’s expensive, but for the folks that are willing to pay that price tag know they’re getting a device that’s going to be well manufactured. Hopefully.
The question I can’t help but ask at this point, so close to the pre-order window opening up, is if someone out there is going to not only pre-order a Watch, or buy it when it goes on sale, but also switch to the iPhone at the same time. Is there someone out there that’s been waiting for a smartwatch like Apple’s Watch, and will actually ditch whatever phone they already have and go with an iPhone to see that dream come to fruition? Or is that completely crazy? Let me know where you stand with the Apple Watch!