Why we shouldn't expect the world from the 1st gen iWatch
There's been too much noise lately about a possible Apple manufactured wearable that I think we can safely assume they are working on something in this space.
These noises are getting loud enough that we can also safely assume an iWatch (or whatever Apple decides to call it) we be making an appearance soon. I'm not saying it'll be this year, we may have to wait until 2015.
"It won't be another me too product"
There is one thing I am certain of though. Apple's venture into this market won't be another me too product. It won't just be a thing we put on our wrists to read emails and messages from our bluetooth paired smartphone. It will have some genuinely meaningful ability that actually does something we can't get from another device. In short Apple will give the iWatch it's own legs to stand on.
This imaginary product will be unique in its own way, but we shouldn't expect it to do everything under the sun, definitely not for the version 1.0 model. We shouldn't forget first generation Apple products seldom have everything we imagine they will have. Just look back at the original iPhone, it was missing some already standard, frequently used, features like MMS, Copy Cut Paste, 3G to name just a few. But what it lacked on feature count, it more than made up for with a breakthrough internet experience and multi touch interface.
I think the iWatch will be more of the same. But it won't be missing features other competing products in the market have. It will be missing features that our minds have conjured up as we let our imaginations run wild.
Features the iWatch will have
So what features do I think this latest Apple unicorn will have?
Will it tell you the time? Of course. Show you notifications? You bet. Help you navigate while you walk? Perhaps. Surely these features aren’t any stretch of the imagination. However the biggest touted feature will be health tracking, but I think feature set will be toned down compared to our racing imaginations. I firmly believe the health aspect of the iWatch will only tackle one or two monitoring tasks. Firstly it will track our movements but unlike the Nike fuel and FitBit, Apple will package it in a way to actually gives users meaningful readings, that will encourage us to actively change our habits and improve/maintain our health. The other thing I think this device will monitor is heart rate and body temperature, these readings could be quite useful to warn users about their stress levels and identify when we have a fever.
"Battery life will be the killer feature"
But the killer feature for the iWatch won’t be any of the above, nor will it wow the journalists that will surely be packed into the Moscone Center where Phil Schiller will have the privilege to unveil Apple’s next revolutionary product. This killer feature will be battery life. For any wearable device to truly succeed and not end up in the bottom of a draw somewhere, the iWatch will need to have groundbreaking battery longevity. 1-3 days just won’t cut it. hit 5-7 days and Apple will have a winner. A wearable device that lasts an entire week on one charge will result in a iPhone like success story. A device that people actually use and that changes how people live there lives.
Early adopters are in for an amazing ride, again
All of us early adopters should be very exited about the prospect of an iWatch, we should embrace the 1st generation model and enjoy the journey as the device evolves through version 2, 3, 4 and beyond. The first 7 years of the iPhone truly changed my life, I believe the Apple iWatch will have the potential to change my life, again.