As I watched Apple announce their newest product, the Apple Watch, I couldn’t help but laugh. I can’t imagine the Apple Watch being a super popular device like the iPhone, iPod, or iPad. Although I don’t have a lot of evidence to support my view, I do have a pretty good explanation for my opinion.
First of all, very few people I know still wear watches. The watch as we knew it has become obsolete. And it’s been that way since before smartphone were even around.
Instead of carrying around a watch and a phone, why not just carry a phone? Will the extra second it takes to get your phone out of your pocket or purse really going to convince you to get a watch. Has reaching for a phone really become that inconvenient?
I know others before me have been critical of Apple products before they were popular. Like, for example, the iPad or the iPhone. But I can guarantee you I didn’t think the iPhone or iPad were bad ideas. Although I could be wrong on the entire premise of this article, my main evidence to support my conclusion is based on the failure of other smart watches.
Android watches recently became a thing. Not that anyone really asked them to or wanted them to, but they did anyway. I haven’t seen the numbers, but I’m guessing the sales aren’t doing so great. Pebble is what you would call the OG of smart watches. Pebble watches have probably done better than any of the android wear. With Apple joining the smart watch game, Pebble is sure to have a more difficult time surviving.
Pebble has been available for some time now and yet they aren’t on everyone’s wrist. They’re pretty cool, and super affordable, but still, a very select group of people are interested in them.
Apple will do better than Pebble with their watches. But to what extent is the real question. How many people will actually throw down $300 plus dollars on a watch?
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