I Don't See The Point

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by blairh, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Get a text message on your Apple Watch that you want to reply to via typing without using your iPhone? Can't. Ditto with emails.

    Can't make phone calls. What happens if you go for a run and have an emergency but don't have your phone with you?

    Ultimately I don't see this product answering the 'why' question for consumers that was very obvious with both the iPhone and iPad. I predict lukewarm sales. And yes, I know people doubted the iPhone and iPad too. I don't think that's reason to not doubt the Apple Watch.
  2. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Prepare to be disappointed ... they will sell like crazy.
  3. Symtex macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2005
    Some people have greatness flash right in their face and can't see it. They will sale like crazy.
  4. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    You can't type but you can dictate a message via Siri.

    Also the Apple Watch is not meant to replace your iPhone but rather compliment it for light tasking.

    If my friend were to text me "Are we still going to the movies tonight?" I can quickly reply "Yes" from my wrist without having to take my phone out. While at the movies I can pull up my ticket that I purchased earlier from the Fandango app and check in to the movie, once again without taking my phone out from my pocket.
  5. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    smart watches are not for eveyone. Dictation when driving is a huge perk.
  6. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    Surprise, your phone is in your pocket/purse.

    Was the iPad really that obvious when it was previewed?

    Convenience is the question. Just like TouchID saves you a couple seconds every unlock, Watch will save you a couple seconds lifting out your phone.
  7. emir, Mar 9, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2015

    emir macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2008
    I completey agree. The event never answered "why" I should buy this watch. Basically it does most of the things my phone does, in a downgraded matter for the smaller screen with less functions. Yet I have to have my phone with me all the time still. It is another thing I should charge daily.

    I check my watch in situations I can't take my phone out of my pocket, yet I should dictate to make custom entries (imagining a meeting environment)

    Although the watch is cool, I just don't see it world changing yet. Fitness and activity tracking features are where the money is IMHO, yet Apple watch isn't completely focused on fitness things.

    I haven't even mentioned the fact that it probably will become obsolete in a year.

    Well what do I know anyway, I thought the iPad was just gonna be a big iPod touch. Just my .02$

    edit: fixed a couple typos
  8. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    I'm not a runner, but a bicyclist.

    It's perfect for me. I usually keep my phone in my front saddlebag of my bike... it's there for emergencies, but I really don't have access to it while riding.

    With the Apple Watch, I'll be able to get alerts and phone calls much easier.
  9. Biro, Mar 9, 2015
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    Biro macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2012
    I understand all of the things the Apple Watch can do. And that's great for all of those who want or "need" it. But it's just not for me. I have an iMac, an iPad, an iPhone and even an iPod. So I'm on board with Apple and I'm usually a first- or second-wave adopter. But I don't find myself interested in the watch in any way.

    The true, hard-core Apple faithful will line up for it at the very beginning. But I wonder what the broader public will think in a few months. For me, it's one more device I would have to charge every day and one more device that will promise to serve me but demand that I modify my behavior in some way. I don't think so. I'm as connected as I want to be.
  10. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    It's about cutting down the number of times that you take your phone from your pocket, not eliminating it completely. Also, since the iPhone is still the most of the brains of the Watch, upgrades probably won't come as often as we think.
  11. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Right, you are still way too reliant on your phone here.

    Yes, I think it was.

    Watch won't save you when you need to reply to a text and can't dictate or do a simple reply. There are cheaper smartwatches that will screen your texts for you.


    I don't think they will.
  12. jsharpe macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2010
    +1 That's exactly my primary use case. Although it will be tough to justify the price of a stainless version with link bracelet for that.

    Might have to go with a basic sport for now and then pop for something nicer when v2.0 comes out.
  13. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    Good. The more people that don't see the point the more stock there is likely to be. ;)

    In all seriousness though these are still going to sell like hotcakes.
  14. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002

    OK I'll bite...

    1) You won't get a text message on your watch unless your phone is nearby. Ditto with emails. So your complaint is moot. OTOH you get a text you don't have to pull out your phone. You can even answer the text w/o pulling out your phone. Pretty convenient as far as I'm concerned because I really hate pulling out my phone a billion times a day.

    2) If making emergency phone calls while you are running is important to you then you should be running w/ your phone now anyway. I do, in fact, run with my phone. The cool feature here is the HRM on the wrist so maybe I can ditch the chest strap once and for all. We'll see.
  15. nfl46 macrumors 604


    Oct 5, 2008
    I agree!

    The 349/399 Space Grey is probably going to be the first to sell out.
  16. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Great, you saved yourself about 5 seconds replying on your wrist. And wow, you pulled up fandango on your wrist without taking your phone out of your pocket and doing the same. Really doesn't justify a purchase IMO.


    You can't answer a text without dictating or allowing for a simple reply. There are many scenarios where both options aren't available to me and I need to respond back.

    Right, that's the point. At this point in my life I'm not going anywhere without a phone by my side. What happens if you feel ill during a run? Well if nobody is around you are screwed. That's something you might take for granted if you run with your phone now.
  17. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    The point is that it reduces the amount that you go to your phone per day. It doesn't eliminate the phone entirely. I'd guess that easily three quarters of the notifications that I receive today can either be dismissed or answered with a short reply.
  18. Cashmonee macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2006
    Greatness? Really? Is that what you saw today?

    I think what we found out today is that Apple is not actually looking to sell a ton of these, and it is, at least initially, a niche product that will sell in numbers somewhere between the Apple TV and iPad, being probably closer to the Apple TV.
  19. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Honestly that is not the case with my text message and email correspondence.
  20. Symtex macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2005
    Yet Apple TV sold more than 25 millions units. I used to own an Samsung smartwatch before. It's one of those item you don't see real value until you have it on your wrist. It's at that precise moment that you get the eureka moment. Keep the big phone in your pocket and see your important notification on your wrist. It's all about convenience.
  21. cwosigns macrumors 68000


    Jul 8, 2008
    I've had my Pebble for over a year, and it's become indispensable for me. Even with its limited functionality in comparison to the Apple Watch, it's just a part of my daily life.

    No one NEEDS a smartwatch in the way that they need a cell phone, but once you have one and get accustomed to being able to glance at your watch for the incoming information it's really hard to imagine not having one.
  22. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2008
  23. SingularityG macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2012
    I have to agree with blairh. Apple Watch is probably the first Apple product that I see no use for, whatsoever:(

    I understand that some super-busy people find it great when they don't have to reach for their iPhone a thousand times a day, but that's the only use I can see for the Apple Watch.
  24. Cashmonee macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2006
    25 million in 8 years time. In the same 8 years, the iPhone has sold 700 million.

    I own a watch that is somewhat smart, basically it does notifications, and has some very basic app functionality. It isn't a smart watch per se, but it does show the potential value of one I think. With that said, I could see a $500 :apple:Watch (SS) with a non-rubber band being on the fringe of usefulness-value ratio. $549 with a rubber band and I think the value proposition is not so great. Yes, they offer a little bit of convenience, but it isn't the type of convenience I would really miss. Certainly no Eureka moment. Not even close actually.

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