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)

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

Stephen Chukumba chalked up his Apple Watch as just a ‘toy’ — but when he let a friend borrow his watch for a week (to take it for a test drive ) Stephen came to appreciate how the smart watch had improved his life.

I derived significant utility from my watch.

Ask Siri: Your iPhone reccommends the Apple Watch

Ask Siri a few questions about the upcoming Apple Watch and it will answer.

Ask it what the best watch is, and of course it recommends the soon-to-be released Apple Watch. Ask it what the best watch in the World is, and yup Siri’s bias shines through, with it endorsing the Apple Watch yet again.

Apple Watch - Siri iPhone "Best Watch"Apple Watch - Siri iPhone "Best in the World"

However, ask Siri the question on everyone’s mind – just how much money for the high-end Gold Apple Watch and suddenly Siri isn’t so forthright in regards to your ‘interesting question’.

Apple Watch Price - Siri iPhone

Oddly enough, if you tell Siri you’re in market for a new watch it will sympathise with you…

Apple Watch - iPhone Siri "I'm Sorry"

I have no disdain for my wristwatch

Apple’s Jony Ive recently spoke to Nick Foulkes of the Financial Times about the upcoming Apple Watch.

Speaking on how Apple approached designing the watch, Ive explained how it was vastly different to when they created the iPhone:

“It was different with the phone – all of us working on the first iPhone were driven by an absolute disdain for the cellphones we were using at the time. That’s not the case here. We’re a group of people who love our watches. So we’re working on something, yet have a high regard for what currently exists.”

I love my current wristwatch — which presents a curious thought: Will Apple have an easier time selling Apple Watch to those who currently wear no watch, over those who do? 

The Apple Watch: A Distraction Free mode for your iPhone

You need an iPhone to use an Apple Watch — but what if the upcoming smart watch makes you use the required phone less?

Ahead of Monday’s Spring Forward event I’m seeing more and more articles exploring how apps may work on the wrist-friendly device, how folks expect to use their Apple Watch in their day-to-day lives and what the watch could be used for going forward.

All of these speculative articles have one common thread — brevity.

A lot of the writing on how people are going to use the watch centres around quick, actionable experiences. A tap here, a glance there. This all leads me to one hopeful belief: the Apple Watch will not only tell you the time, it’ll save it.

Of course, with every new technology we are promised time-saving efficiency and increased leisure, yet “instead of consuming the time-saving benefits”, we find “other ways of filling up the time“.

Now, I’m fairly sure the Apple Watch won’t meaningfully change this pattern. You probably won’t be more productive, just less distracted — or so I hope.

The scenario I outline below is one I’m sure a large number of you can relate too:

You get a notification, be it an important email (that you must look at right this instance, of course) or a pressing text message from a loved one.

What then starts as innocently picking up of your phone to quickly respond, turns into a 15-to-20 minute round trip of your home screen. Double-tapping some fancy pics on Instagram, scanning your Twitter timeline, viewing your latest Snapchats and liking a friends dumb status on Facebook.

Before you know it, a half-hour has passed, your coffee has gone cold and you’ve forgotten what you were working on (and, if you’re like me, you probably never even got to replying that text). Distractions, distractions, distractions.

At least with the Apple Watch, the design of the device will force you into certain behaviour. Can I deal with this notification here on my wrist? Is this worth getting my phone out of my pocket?

Some things will be actionable directly from the Apple Watch — a few taps, and done. If not, ignore for later. For me, that is where the value lies: making snap decisions, and being concise in your actions.

The Apple Watch may just be the distraction free mode your iPhone needed.