Short Watch Thoughts - III The Missing Magic
Two things made the original iPhone so incredible:1
- It could do incredible things that no “phone” had ever done before.
- It did a very good job of disguising the slow things that it couldn’t do well right off the bat. (think checker box web views in original Safari)
I think that the Apple watch compares very favorably on item #1, but too often fails at #2 (thinking spinner when trying to launch the simplest of apps). Additionaly, it may be that the acceptable delay is shorter than it is on a phone, since we are so accustomed to responsive phones, and because holding your arm up while looking at a postage-stamp sized screen quickly becomes unpleasant.
Obviously, passing data between the phone and the watch is REALLY hard to do. I wouldn’t suggest otherwise. But that is the constraint around which Apple either needs to impose a simpler paradigm on its users, or figure out how to fake
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