How the Apple Watch will improve when tracking your health

Dan Moren for Macworld on why Apple’s next core focus will be health, thanks in part to the Apple Watch and some recent acquisitions.

Over the past few decades, Apple has revolutionized the personal computer, the smartphone, and digital music, just to name a few. But the company’s next target might be its biggest yet: human health.

The Apple Watch will someday track your sleep, glucose levels, and more, just like it now counts steps and exercise minutes.

Why Apple’s next killer app is health

Quartz: No one wants to buy an Apple Watch

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.

More than a year after its release, and still no one wants to buy an Apple Watch

How the Apple Watch heart rate sensor saved one users life

Chuck La Tournous, writing for Macworld, on how the Apple Watch and its heart rate sensor helped him make the decision to seek out medical advice.

The “cold, objective, incontrovertible data” offered up by the Apple Watch made the problem with his heart undoubtedly clear.

“Did the Apple Watch really save my life? I’m convinced it did.”

Apple Watch heart rate sensor

How my Apple Watch’s heart rate monitoring saved my life

“Taken off the Apple Watch for the last time”

Alex Hern writing for The Guardian declares that he has taken off his Apple Watch for the last time:

“It took me nine months to realise it, but the only useful thing about Apple’s £479 smartwatch was the weather notifications.”

Alex’s main grumbles are about how slow the device is, and interface and a lack of compelling apps.

His wrist replacement? A ‘dumb’ Casio B640W.

Casio Watch - Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
Image: Samuel Gibbs for The Guardian

Chris Pirillo on Why He’s Going To Stop Wearing His Apple Watch

Why Chris Pirillo is no longer planning on wearing his Apple Watch.

General criticisms include the lack of good third-party apps, speed, and how the Watch hasn’t offered a notable change to his life, and therefore isn’t interesting or exciting enough to wear everyday.

You can listen to the nine minute audio here:

Chris Pirillo Apple Watch

Can the Apple Watch Keep Your iPhone Addiction Under Control?

Carolina Milanesi for Techpinions:

“Articulating why I like it to someone who has not tried it is not easy. What I usually end up saying is I like it because it helps me keep my phone addiction under control.”

This seems to be a common boon for Apple Watch owners. The device on the wrist helps with quick ‘in-and-out’ interactions, reducing the constant time-sink of phone checking.

The Apple Watch Keeps My iPhone Addiction Under Control (Techpinions)

Did we expect too much from the Apple Watch?

Nate Swanner for The Next Web asks if, one year on, too much was expected from Apple’s first take at making a smartwatch.

The Apple Watch “makes everything easier and more awkward at the same time”.

Swanner questions the general perception of the device, whether the first generation product should be considered beta, and what may be around the corner.

Swanner concludes that “it’s just a really good accessory waiting for you to figure out why you want it — if you even can”.

The Apple Watch, one year later: Did we expect too much?

An Awful Year With the Apple Watch

Casey Chan, writing for Gizmodo, has an Apple Watch, but can not recommend it.

Apple Watch: An Awful Year?

The watch has been available for a little over a year now, but Chan claims he isn’t sure if he will “ever wear it again”.

His scathing blog post, which even caught the eye of The Macalope, goes over a few of his concerns with the device, including a baffling enduring confusion at using the devices only two buttons.

Chan concludes that the watch “doesn’t really do anything that anyone needs, and even when it does, it doesn’t always work like it’s supposed to”.

“Things I learned over the past year of strapping the shitty screen vibrator to my wrist” — Casey Chan

My God-Awful Year With the Apple Watch (Gizmodo)