Deliveries of the first few dozen orders are just around the corner, including yours truly, but it didn’t dawn on me until this week what a pleasant nightmare the first Watch owners will have to endure. Here’s why.
Beta Users Unite!
Already over 1,000 iPhone applications that work with Watch have been submitted to the App Store. Think about that scenario for a moment and let it sink in.
Then, compare Watch launch with iPhone launch from 2007 and the App Store launch of 2008. See any similarities? Nope. Me, neither.
It took Apple over a year to get apps for the iPhone into a store so users could download more functionality to their newly purchased devices.
With Watch, Apple is treating the few million beta users of the device to a few thousand applications in the first few months of ownership. So, better, right? What’s the problem, you ask, right?
Well, initial Watch ownership will be something of a mixed bag of delight and pleasure combined with frustration and pruning efforts. So many apps will be Watch enabled that the notifications will have to be scaled back.
Why? Most of us with iPhones can barely remember half a dozen blips, alarms, alerts, and vibrations and their respective meanings. Having a device strapped to the wrist that increases the number of blips, alarms, alerts, and vibrations will take some getting used to.
On the order of a few hundred times a day. Email, texts, weather, reminders, Calendar events, personal taps, sports scores, stock reports, financial updates, health monitoring, step and running stats, even your pulse– all will vie for your attention ad nauseam, all day, or as long as the battery lasts.
Watch is likely to be a pleasant nightmare for the beta users that Apple and technorati elite clever called early adopters. It’ll be fun. It’ll be frustrating. But maybe we’ll all learn to curate, cultivate, and prune which notices and notifications are most important to us. We’d better hurry, because this time next year there are likely to be tens of thousands of Watch-centric apps available for
beta users early adopters.