On the one hand, we have the standard array of tech, market, and critical thinking gurus who predict imminent failure because Apple Watch is too expensive, too thick, too heavy, too limited, and with too little battery life to be useful. Sound familiar?
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On the other hand we have a little history that should allow us to cut Apple a little slack, dim the snarky commentary and traditional prognostications of gloom and doom, and try to imagine how the years between 2015 and 2022 will compare to the years between 2007 and 2014.
Here’s how history can be a good guide toward the future. Or, how those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007. It was too expensive, too thick, too heavy, too slow, too limited, no 3G, few native apps, and battery life could barely get the device through the day.
Fast forward to 2014 and the new iPhone 6 models, which do the following with absolute ease (many tasks which once required a desktop PC, or a notebook, a camera, a video camera, a cell phone, a pager, and an array of applications).
Cell phone calls, text messaging, photos, videos, video calls, music and video playback, walkie-talkie, writing, reading, health tracking, location tracking, browsing, and buying online, not to mention hundreds of thousands of games, and a whole lot more.
In one device that fits in your hand.
Alright, lets fast forward again to 2022, seven years after the Apple Watch was introduced in 2015, an overpriced, underpowered technology gadget which didn’t do much back then will have advanced to have a better screen, thinner design, longer battery life, more capability, more health sensors, and is no longer tethered to the iPhone (though it can be; remember, the iPhone will advance plenty in the next seven years, too).
The question I have for those who scoff at Apple Watch in 2015 is simple. Based on a quick look at recent history, one has to ask, “What will you be wearing and using in 2022?”
I’ll bet whatever it is mine will have an Apple logo on it.