After more than a year on the market Quartz ran a survey on people’s opinion of the Apple Watch any future purchasing intent. The results?Not great.
The findings hinted at a few general trends:
Those without an Apple Watch are not to fussed about getting one.
Those who own one love it, and are looking forward to what’s coming next.
The price is deemed too high.
Potential buyers need to see an Apple Watch in-person and get some hands on before committing.
Now, the Quartz survey was only of 530+ iPhone owners, so the above takeaways can be taken with as much or as little salt as you’d like. But either way, I think the results do paint a picture of a general product perception issue that the Apple Watch currently has.
My take? It boils down to a classic Apple problem: wait for version two.
How’s this for a cool way to store your Apple Watch band collection?
Steve Tsuida created this great looking tray for his various Apple Watch bands.
You can see the DIY process he went through to make it, from 3D plans, to prototype through to the finished product. Of course, in typical Apple fashion this band tray is made from anodised milled aluminium.
The Diskus is the first Apple-certified product of its type, sporting the ‘Made for Apple Watch’ badge. The little hockey puck shaped charger lets you keep your watch charged up when on the move — great for a long weekend away perhaps.
Already have a power bank for your phone? Well, this is the Apple Watch alternative.
The device, created by ThanoTech Inc., starts at around $35 and is expected to arrive later this year in October.
It should come as no surprise: the next Apple Watch is expected to arrive later this year.
According to DigiTimes (who have a mixed track record), suppliers are claiming the next Apple Watch will be revealed this fall. This speculation comes following “conservative orders” across the supply chain for the upcoming device.
Apple Watch 2
The next Apple Watch will reportedly be announced at an event taking place in either September or October. Typically the next iPhone is announced at a September event, so a double-whammy event could be likely.
Changes expected in the second generation wearable are mainly under-the-hood. Little cosmetic change to talk of, but a new system-on-a-chip, LTE data, GPS and better performance and battery life are all expected.