A lot of people have asked me why I am so enthusiatically buying the 1st generation Apple Watch. You know they are going to release an even better version within the next 12 months, right? The reason is simple, the Apple Watch is a game changer just like the iPhone was back in 2007 (I can't believe its been nearly 8 years already). As any good technology geek would agree, it is more important to be part of the technology revolution than it is to be thrifty and wait for a better generation 2 device. The 1st generation device brings about the most change, so from that perspective it gives you the most bang for the buck. But why is the Apple Watch such a game changer?
How long do you spend with your iPhone every time you take it out of your pocket? Come on, be honest...it's at the very least a couple of minutes. It is so easy to get sucked in and pop into mail or the weather app and then after a few minutes you forget why you even pulled your iPhone out of your pocket in the first place. The iPhone is an amazing little personal computer that fits in your pocket and the Apple Watch is an amazing little personal computer that fits on your wrist. But there is one thing that is drastically different about the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch user interface and the underlying notification technology was designed specifically for very small duration interactions or glances. You do not want to stand there with your arm raised up glancing and interacting with your watch for several minutes. Anything more than about 10 seconds and it is going to get uncomfortable. That is why the team at Apple that designed the Apple Watch specifically designed it to deliver extremely short interactions. That is the game changer. If used properly the Apple Watch will actually push you away from using your iPhone. Strange concept itsn't it. Apple is releasing a product that requires you to already own an iPhone but the product's main purpose is to greatly reduce the time you spend using your iPhone. It won't happen overnight, but eventually you will see less and less people staring down at their iPhone screen. Don't get me wrong, there will still be people that insist on sending every notification they can to their Apple Watch, but most people will figure out that "sweet spot" of what notifications to send to the watch and which one to not send. It is those people that will will be part of the next step in the evolution of technology. I am anxious to be one of them starting in just a few days.