A watched pot: Waiting for perfection

The Apple Watch may not be perfect, but should it have to be?


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The Macalope has never said the Apple Watch was perfect. But he does think maybe the company spoiled people.

Writing for The Gainsville Sun, Rob Witzel pleads, “Hey, Apple, pimp my watch (please).”

Have you tried gold with an apricot sport band and the chronograph face?

Buying the first iEdition of any Apple product means being the cool guy on the block for a year and then wildly outdated the next—just ask anybody who bought the first iPad.

Yes! Time is linear and it only moves in a forward direction. This is an accurate criticism of Apple. Subsequent things will feature improvements that we cannot enjoy today! It’s all very regrettable.

Here’s the thing:

Ah! Good! Finally we’ll find out what the “thing” is! The Macalope’s been hearing about this “thing” for some time now. Very eager to see what it is.

…that first iPad, all 20 pounds of it, was a darn cool device

20, 1.5, whatever. It was certainly very heavy!

Anyway, the iPad was cool, the Watch is not. That’s the “thing.” Kind of disappointing.

It makes you realize how much we use mobile devices to consume information—whether it is the web or social media or even games and entertainment. The watch is pretty much a non-factor in all of those departments. Having such a small screen and no ability to type is a handicap for sure.

It’s true that the iPhone completely changed peoples’ expectations for mobile computing—you could pretty much “have it all” in your pocket—and the Watch hasn’t moved the needle nearly as much. But did Witzel really think he’d be browsing the web on a watch? C’mon. Everyone knows that’s what Google Glass is for, which is why we all own and are wearing Glass right now.

I was bored within the first five minutes.

Could be worse. Interstellar starts off boring and never really gets much better.

Well, the robots are cool.

The maps, Apple Pay, fitness tracking, apps and other features are all slow and feel half-baked.

Apps are very slow on the Watch, but not Maps and Apple Pay in the Macalope’s experience. Indeed, Apple Pay is one of the true great pleasures of using the Watch, one that hints at the Watch’s real potential. Your Watch becomes your passport, paying for items, unlocking your computer, opening your door.

Some of those pieces aren’t in place yet and you could argue that Apple rushed the Watch to market. At the same time, the horny one has gotten a lot of use out of his Watch over the last year and he’s happy he has it now.

Also, the Macalope feels a bit like a broken record but, once again, he has to point out that the Watch has implications for people other than those looking to be entertained.

Whatever [the features of the next Apple Watch] might be, Apple has a long way to go before claiming victory in the watch arena.

But they are already winning in the smartwatch arena—they sell more than anyone else, not that it’s that hard.

The G4 Cube, the fat Nano, the buttonless iPod Shuffle, Apple ships some less-than-perfect products now and again. The great thing with the Watch is it looks like they can make it significantly better with just a software update. That’s good news.

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