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Apple Watch At 1: How It's Changed

The Apple Watch debuted one year ago this month. How has the wearable changed over the year, and what's coming in the future?
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Following months of rumors, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch at an event on March 9, 2015. It has been about one year since we first saw the wearable, and much has happened since then.

With the debut of Apple Watch, Cupertino was catering to a rapidly growing market of smartwatch adopters. IDC predicts smartwatch shipments will reach record-high numbers over the next year, hitting 111 million units by the end of 2016 and doubling by the end of 2019.

When it first shipped in late April 2015, the Apple Watch was considered an accessory for the iPhone, which needed to be nearby for many of the apps to function. This generated user demands for the Watch to be more independent.

[See Samsung, Huawei, HTC Show off Smartwatches.]

While its limitations were addressed in later builds of watchOS, the initial version of Apple Watch proved popular. Apple touted the health and communications features in the Watch, which experienced a wave of preorders when it was first released in April.

Despite the privacy concerns associated with wearable devices, mobility management vendors are preparing for the smartwatch boom among business customers. The demand for wearables like Apple Watch within the enterprise may be driven by C-Level executives who want their emails and calendar notifications on their wrists.

As the popularity of smartwatches continues to escalate, we take a look back at the Apple Watch, what has happened over the past year, and speculate about new features in the Apple Watch 2. Will the Watch continue to be successful among Apple fans, who are already satisfied with the device, or will we see competing wearables steal the spotlight?

Would you consider an Apple Watch? Are you more inclined to wait for future models? Why or why not? We'd like to learn your thoughts in the comments.

Kelly is an associate editor for InformationWeek. She most recently reported on financial tech for Insurance & Technology, before which she was a staff writer for InformationWeek and InformationWeek Education. When she's not catching up on the latest in tech, Kelly enjoys ... View Full Bio

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