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Apple Watch Event: 10 Things We Learned
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tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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4/1/2015 | 11:12:36 AM
Re: We will learn a lot more soon
I do remember the skeptics for the ipad but not the iphone as smartphones were already available when the iphone appeared. Apple did a great job with the iphone and deserved the following. I bought the ipad as well as i always had a use for the device.

The watch is a totally different story. I cannot see it really being as ubiquitous as the iphone and the ipad though for all the reasons i had mentioned.

As for a good user experience, i have had a Galaxy S4 for almost 2 years and it has been a very good user experience. The new S6 looks like Samsung upped the quality material factor and the latest version of Android is supposed to be excellent so i think this is a matter of personal preference.
nasimson
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3/20/2015 | 10:15:02 PM
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> The only people i see buying the $10,000 version are people who have that kind of
> money to essentially throw away on a gimmick. The bulk of the sales as i see it will
> be for the $349 version. I was really annoyed to see that the version i wanted was
> $1000. I'm not sure if Apple did market research to establish these price points or
> if it is just hubris.

@tjgkg: People said similar stuff for ipod and then for ipad. And the rest is history. Apple has this knack of picking up an underdeveloped product category, creating highly usable products and then owning that space almost-entirely. Then year after year, Apple continue to add features and the rest follows.

As to your question, who will be buying iWatch. I think it will be Celebrities, Filthy Rich business owners, Princes & Princesses in the Middle East, Wanna-be Celebrities, CEOs, Directors & VPs, Early Adopter Techies, ... 

I am not an avid Apple user. I just use their ipad and in the past used their iphone. Beats Android & Windows in user experience by a big margin!
Thomas Claburn
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3/11/2015 | 4:30:18 PM
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>Apple didn't demonstrate a function that makes its $10,000 watch an absolute must-have device.

Apple and other wearable vendors haven't demonstrated that the value of data thrown off by these devices exceeds the cost and maintenance hassle of ownership. Knowing whether one has taken 1000 steps in a day doesn't really matter. If hard numbers are what it takes to motivate people to move about, then great, pay $349+ for an Apple Watch or Android Wear device. But having data and being active don't have to be related.

As for being able to get email on one's wrist, I'm more interested in getting less email than more.
Kelly22
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3/11/2015 | 9:17:53 AM
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The new MacBook does look pretty great, and I'd love to test it out in person. Never thought I'd see a MacBook that would make my Air look thick by comparison! But I'm with you, I won't be buying one. It's amazing how they were able to develop such a thin device but having one USB-C port does cause limitations.
tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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3/11/2015 | 8:45:01 AM
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Yes everything is dependent upon the watch being tethered to an iPhone. Without that connection, it is a brick.
tjgkg
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3/11/2015 | 8:43:10 AM
Re: We will learn a lot more soon
@Kelly22: The only people i see buying the $10,000 version are people who have that kind of money to essentially throw away on a gimmick. The bulk of the sales as i see it will be for the $349 version. I was really annoyed to see that the version i wanted was $1000. I'm not sure if Apple did market research to establish these price points or if it is just hubris.
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3/11/2015 | 12:38:26 AM
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Although I am not an Apple user, I must admit HealthKit looks very promising. Godspeed.

I read the HBO exclusivity with Apple lasts for three months. Probably game consoles will follow thereafter. Along with a few TV providers. of course, I'm not sure how they're (HBO) going to compete with the likes of Netflix or Hulu Plus; which charge much less money.

Honestly, the new MacBook looks awesome, I will never buy one tho, nor an Apple Watch,

All those things that the watch is capable of doing (scan through airport security, call an Uber car, control music, bypass the hotel front desk, etc), it does need an iPhone by its side, right?
Kelly22
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3/10/2015 | 2:11:53 PM
Re: We will learn a lot more soon
@tjgkg you make a good point. Apple had a lot to show, but we won't know the watch's real success until it hits the market. My feeling is that people will buy because they'll think it's cool (which it is) but I can't imagine sales will go through the roof. Even with all its bells and whistles, Apple didn't demonstrate a function that makes its $10,000 watch an absolute must-have device.
tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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3/10/2015 | 1:01:05 PM
We will learn a lot more soon
While we always learn about the products at these types of events, the most important things will be learned after these products are released. In particular the watch. I will be quite curious to see how many regular folks will fork out over $10,000 for the gold watch. It will be quite interesting to see who will overpay for these gadgets and what types of usage they get during the first year.


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