All those things we once reserved for use only on our Macs have now been spread out over a number of newer Apple devices. iPod for music. iPhone for email, calendar, photos, etc. iPad for YouTube watching, movies, TV, photo management, and everything else.
Guess what? Apple has two new products that will fall into line with all the others in a polygamous marriage of technology gadgets.
It’s All About Money
Apple Pay is here and it’s a wonderful addition to my day-to-day routine of buying this or that in the coolest way possible. Point iPhone to NFC terminal. Press Touch ID. Done. Purchase completed.
The ramifications here are extensive. Faster checkouts mean shorter lines, which means less time in line, which means happier customer, happier check-out clerk, happier retailer. The whole Apple Pay process is about as good as it is going to get for awhile.
Until Apple Watch arrives next year.
Let’s do a hop, skip, and jump into 2015 and beyond and assume that Apple Pay works just fine with Apple Watch by piggybacking on the Apple iPhone in your pocket, backpack, purse or bag.
Double-click the Watch button. Point Apple Watch to NFC terminal. Payment done. All is gone, right? Apple gets to sell us another product to add to the line of premium technology ownership (think digital polygamy)– Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Watch– and we get to do cool things to show the world how easy Apple can make our lives.
After all, with the right app and door lock, you don’t even need a key to get into your home. Thank you, Apple. You even know what music I want to listen to, and where I am at any given point during the day. Isn’t that adorable?
Wait. Alright, I’m at a restaurant, just finished dinner, and I’m ready to pay. That means calculating a tip. There are at least twenty-eleven tip calculators for iPhone, and I’m sure similar functionality will arrive on Apple Watch, but what about Apple Pay?
How do I pay using Apple Pay at a restaurant? Are there going to be mobile NFC scanners that waiters can bring to the table? Will the aforementioned waiter have a restaurant iPhone app which recognizes my Apple Pay transaction?
There’s little doubt that Apple Pay and Apple Watch are a good marriage or a good addition to my polygamous Apple relationship; a veritable tribe of Mac, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, iPad, et al products. But there are many suitors for my money, and they don’t all agree on how to take it from me.
For now and for the foreseeable future, Apple seems to be getting more than a fair share.