Apple Watch Completes FIve Years

Apple Watch Completes FIve Years

                                           Five years ago today the Apple watch first went on sale following six months of intense hype it had the special burden of being the first brand-new product the company released since Tim Cook had taken the reins at Apple not to mention the first new product after Steve Jobs died in 2011 Apple watch is the most personal device we've ever created to say that expectations were high would be an understatement but the very first impressions of the Apple watch including our own here at Engadget were not the kindest oh and there's over 3,000 other apps available though many are sluggish and buggy well we did call it the best SmartWatch available that was pretty faint praise given the competition ultimately we called it a niche device 



                                            That was a status symbol for iPhone devotees Apple wasn't alone here with this interest in the SmartWatch market in the span of a few years the tech industry at a whole had bent pretty hard on wearables the independent upstart pebble can probably be credited with jump-starting interest in smartwatches a Fitbit was also gaining popularity for its fitness trackers and by the time the Apple watch arrived Google had nearly a year head start with Android wear now called wear OS there were a variety of watch as being made by some of the company's biggest hardware partners including Motorola Asus and LG among many others the first Apple watch was expensive and lacked some key features kind of like every other first generation Apple product like the iPhone and the iPad but perhaps a bigger problems that the company failed to make a coherent sales pitch for the watch everyone remembers the introduction of the iPhone one device and we are calling it iPhone device jobs pitches a phone an iPod and an Internet communications device rolled into one it was clear what you'd be getting if you bought one on the other hand the Apple watch lacked that clear focus when Apple introduced the device in the fall of 2014 a sprawling presentation covered a confusing mix of features perhaps the strangest or the digital touch communication features that you could only send a friend who also had an Apple watch Apple also showed off third-party apps like Instagram and Twitter that just didn't make sense on such a tiny screen along with the UI that offered too many ways to do the same thing we also saw a variety of fitness and health tracking features and a whole lot more it was a dizzying presentation that left me confused as to why exactly I'd want an Apple watch I bought one anyway but starting with the series 2 in the fall of 2016 Alba methodically started fixing the watch's initial problems and the company quickly began to dominate the market and we're not just talking about smartwatches by the end of 2017 analysts estimated that Apple is the number one watch maker in the world here are some of the most important changes Apple's made since the first watch launched five years ago performance put simply the first Apple watch was underpowered apps

 


                                        Took way too long to launch which meant that was usually just faster to use your phone which sort of defeated the purpose of the watch in the first place but since then Apple has vastly improved performance a crucial change those felt across the entire experience a focus on fitness with the watch series - Apple outlined a clear direction for its wearable health and fitness activity and workout tracking has gotten better over the years you can compete with friends to see who's the most active Apple made this series 3 watch water proof or swimming workouts beyond just workouts though there are other general well-being features like deep breathing exercises heart rate tracking an EKG sensor and more in combination with apple's healthkit sdk it also lets people participate in health studies like one from Johns Hopkins University to find a way to better predict seizures more attainable luxury perhaps the most ridiculous thing about the first Apple watch was the 18 carat solid gold edition watch that started at $10,000 level was obviously selling more affordable options the basic aluminum model started at 350 dollars but the audacity of a $10,000 gadget that would be obsolete within a few years was easy to mock

                                     Apple quickly gave up on those gold models with the series - and it since offered relatively affordable luxury with materials like ceramic titanium and stainless steel all of these cost a premium over the basic aluminum model but they're in the 800 to $1300 range instead of 10,000 broader price points alongside the series - Apple introduced a cheaper series one watch that lowered the cost to get in on the Apple watch experience since then Apple's kept an older model on sale alongside into newer ones the excellent series 3 has been on sale for more than two and a half years now after the series 4 launch in 2018 it has served as an excellent way to get most of the key Apple watch features for only $200 always-on screen people were requesting this one for years and Apple finally delivered last year with the series 5 the company came up with an elegant way to keep the screen on at all times giving each watch face its own dimmed version that still keeps the style you chose and information readily visible battery life isn't quite as good with this feature on but the fact that it can study at the same 18 hour battery life that Apple's promise since the first watch is impressive all these improvements meant that Apple's basically pushed other smartwatches to the fringe much as the iPod did with music players and the iPad did to other tablets it's on a runaway success like the iPhone which still makes up the majority of apples profits but the company's wearables home and accessories segment brings in more money than both the Mac and iPad segments air pods have become a big part of that equation too but the Apple watch is clearly rebounded from a rough start to resonate with lots of people even if it's still not an essential tool like the iPhone you 
Apple Watch Completes FIve Years Apple Watch Completes FIve Years Reviewed by Sharan Blogs on June 01, 2020 Rating: 5

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