The universe as we know it is an odd creation. Here on earth, we have life, love, and the ability to pursue happiness. The rest of the universe seems to be filled with hostility; cold, empty, lifeless, heartless.
Yet, here on earth we have this strange ability to predict the future to the point of determining with great certainty what other people will think and when, what will happen and when. Fortunately for them, no one keeps score. There’s always a member of the nattering nabobs of negativity ready to rain on an Apple parade that hasn’t even started yet.
What Price Future?
Here’s a case in point. Apple Watch is a failure. Why? Because no one is buying them (despite millions of happy customers) and Apple won’t announce how many have been sold. Good for Apple. Haters gonna hate.
iPhone is a once-in-a-lifetime product, therefore, sales of an iPhone accessory– which is exactly what Watch is– can only pale in comparison. It’s an accessory, folks. Not a failure. It’s only a failure when super critics say it is based upon some standard criteria not in agreement with Apple.
Here’s another case in point and this, too, is related to Apple Watch. There’s a new feature coming and you are going to hate it. What’s coming someday to Watch is obvious. Thinner, smaller, lighter, faster, more powerful rules in technology so it’s not much of a leap to think that some future Watch feature will untether the device from iPhone.
Two words: Cellular connectivity. It’s logical. It’s reasonable. It’s plausible. It’s coming. And you will hate it. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes gets paid to tell you what you will like and what you should like instead of what you already like.
Rumors that Apple is getting ready to unveil the Apple Watch 2 are nearing fever pitch. And the top feature that it’s predicted to have is cellular connectivity, which will cut the tie with the iPhone. It’s a feature that people felt the initial Apple Watch was missing, and it’s a feature that some Android Wear devices now have.
But be careful what you wish for, because once you get this feature, you’ll probably start hating it.
Hating will come for much the same reasons people hated the iPhone and iPad when they were launched. Battery life. Monthly cellular data plans. Limited usage. No hardware keyboard.
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But then Apple wanted to sell more products, so it came up with the iPad and then the Apple Watch. The iPad initially looked lie ti (sic) was going to be a hit, but then sales started flagging. We don’t know how well the Apple Watch is selling, but it’s a safe bet to assume that it’s not selling even as well as the iPad.
Duh. It’s an accessory.
Hate mongers tend to go to extremes to convince others that their perspective is the true and only acceptable perspective, regardless of topic. Technology writers work feverishly to gin up faux controversies and bated headlines to gather eyeballs to advertisements. It’s what they do, and just the word ‘hate’ is trending well on Google these days, so why not toss in some ‘hate’ on an Apple subject. It’s a double whammy.
The further Apple moves from the iPhone, the further the product is from being relevant.
And this makes perfect sense, given that even Apple finds it hard to come up with killer users (sic) for either platform. The iPad now seems to be pushed as a tool for creative people, while the Apple Watch is primarily about fitness. While each device has its own merits, they’re very niche compared to the iPhone.
Name something that isn’t niche to the iPhone’s sales of quarter billion units a year? Does McDonald’s even sell that many hamburgers? Wouldn’t Filet-O-Fish, McNuggets, and French Fries be niche to hamburgers? McDonald’s should just give it up already. Fail.
Apple Watch seems well loved by the many millions who bought one. Apple seems committed to improving Watch. Future Watch models are likely not to be tethered to the iPhone, but how about if we actually wait for Apple to do something before we start hating it?