With April nearly upon us, many of us are wondering if it would be worth the trouble to throw our entire tax refund into purchasing a miniature smartphone that can only be operated with one hand. Well, relax. I am here to tell you whether or not this will be game changer for Apple, as a company, and the technology world in general.
First off, lets figure out what the Apple Watch is. I have heard people calling it the “iPod watch”, much like how people called the iPad just a “large iPod”. While many features are derived from the iPod, the Apple Watch has more to it than what was expected. To start, it is a watch. It connects to your phone through Bluetooth, allowing it to be set to international standard time, and will always is accurate. So no more need to look at your phone when you need to know the time. Additionally, there are many sections of the phone, which can be accessed using the special rotating dial. Other sections include; moon phase, timer, calendar, stocks, weather, activity (health), stopwatch, world clock, and sunrise/sunset. Quick access to all of that information without having to pick up your phone. Additionally, there are a wide variety of apps to add functionality to the watch. Maps will display navigation, making it less likely that you will be asking for directions; while the pictures app will display your most recent pictures from your albums. Numerous health apps will monitor everything from steps in a day to heart rate. There are even apps to share this information with your doctor to provide accurate up-to-date data.
All in all, the watch can do many things aside from displaying the time, but the question is now whether you will buy one. To an early adopter such as myself, I would be standing in line on launch day if I didn’t pay for tuition this year. Which brings into question the price of the device. As this is the newest product added to the Apple product line up, it also brings the largest range in pricing for any device. The base Apple Watch Sport model is $349, while the 18k gold plated Apple Watch Edition model goes as high as $17,000. This may start out as a shocking figure, but in the grand scheme of luxury items, it’s actually on par. A Rolex watch runs for $20,000, and it only tells time. And the Hermes Birkin bags start at $18,000, and that is the introductory model. While I’m sure that every student will not go for the Watch Edition model, we can all get over the high price that they came with.
For the average consumer, I would suggest heading down to your local Best Buy or Apple store to test the device for yourself. Apple has changed how we use our phones, made the iPad a necessary tool for education, and altered how we listen to music. I’m putting my money on this being another innovation that will impact our everyday lives and I can’t wait till their official launch on April 24th.