Got Reminders? Of course you do. Apple’s Reminders app is auto-installed on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and, yes, Watch. Plus, Reminders syncs between different Apple devices, and even between different users.
What’s the problem with Reminders? More on that in a moment. What else has reminders, notifications, alerts, and alarms? The aforementioned Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch, which is about to get even more chatty.
Apple Watch may very well be the most noisy device and it’s about to get noisier thanks to Livongo which plans apps with customized alerts for eating, relaxation, and exercise. In other words, an alarm or alert that tells us when to eat, when to relax, and when to exercise.
What’s next? What to eat? When to stop eating? A notification to change the channel to something more relaxing? Or, some life saving reminders. For example, the Livongo app could alert Watch users who have diabetes to take a blood sugar reading before or after specific meals. A similar reminder could be used to tell patients to take medicine at a specific time.
See? That’s a beneficial reminder that one could learn to love. Where does the hate portion of the relationship begin?
Everywhere else. Watch is noisy and full of chatter– notifications, alerts, alarms, dings and dongs– so much so that I find myself using Do Not Disturb just to get an hour of peace and quiet. That’s where the love hate relationship begins with all of the reminders we get; it’s not just Watch, either. iPhone has them. iPad has them. Even the Mac has them.
Such notification chatter is increasing in frequency and it’s about to get worse.
For now, Siri has remained an on call buddy. “Hey, Siri. Set a Reminder for 4:45 PM.” Siri responds and all is good; the reminder will show up somewhere at 4:45 PM. What I see coming is a more assertive and vocal Siri who gets plugged into notifications to take over the alarms and alerts.
“Excuse me, Natalia. I need to remind you to pick up your husband at 4:45 PM today.”
That seems innocuous enough, no?
How about this?
“Excuse me, Natalia. It is time to walk the dog.”
That seems acceptable. Or, “Excuse me, Natalia. This is the third time you failed to exercise this week. What’s the problem? How can I help you?”
As technology advances and Apple raises the bar on Siri integration with other aspects of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and HomePod, it seems only logical to see Siri and notifications becoming one and the same.
I love Siri because she isn’t too bright. I hate Siri because she isn’t smart enough. The same holds true with notifications and all those alerts, alarms, and chatty notices. Siri might make them more interesting, but as they pile up, Siri could become a royal pain in the patootie.