Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Apple Watch relationship and removal of Hey Siri

No one will fault you for not knowing that Apple is removing the “Hey Siri” trigger phrase in watchOS 5. Instead you’ll just be able to raise your Apple Watch and start issuing your command — a feature appropriately dubbed ‘Raise to speak’. This wasn’t announced on stage at the WWDC keynote, but is displayed as a main feature on the watchOS 5 preview page.

'Raise to speak' as pictured on the watchOS 5 preview page
‘Raise to speak’ as pictured on the watchOS 5 preview page

This is a big deal

‘Raise to speak’ unfortunately isn’t in the first watchOS 5 beta, so nobody has tried it just yet. Nonetheless, this is a big deal on multiple fronts. Specifically:

  1. Having to say “Hey Siri” before every command is an annoying barrier to my goal. Without it, issuing commands will be more efficient.

  2. These trigger phrases essentially double as branding elements. People know what products you are using just be saying “Alexa”, “Hey Siri”, or “OK Google”. On Apple Watch, the only branding left is Siri’s “personality” and signature voice, the latter of which is sounding pretty damn good these days.

  3. Taking away the trigger phrase will make Siri more human and more robotic. Initiating a command will be more like natural conversation, while the nature of it all is more mechanically direct.

  4. I think this could pave the way for Siri to support chained commands, similar to what Alexa already does, but without any initial phrase.

Why do this on Apple Watch?

The Watch is powerful. From a hardware perspective, it’s getting there, but I’m talking about a security/trust perspective. Think about it — it’s always unlocked when it’s on your wrist. We haven’t had that kind of device trust relationship since the caveman days of iPhone (before Touch ID). Nobody had a passcode on their phones back then. I know I didn’t.

Apple Watch doesn’t need to scan your face or fingerprint to confirm Apple Pay. Siri on Apple Watch doesn’t need any additional verification to unlock your HomeKit smart lock. Apple Watch is the only device that can do these kinds of things with less friction than other Apple devices. It’s branded as the most personal device Apple has ever made, and this relationship is a big reason why.

You also have to wake the Watch before issuing a command, since it’s not always listening like iPhone or iPad. This is an already perfect workflow in which to add on ‘Raise to speak’.

There’s another reason, too. If you have a HomePod, you know it basically has supersonic hearing. It’s a little difficult to use “Hey Siri” on any other device while HomePod is in earshot. If Apple Watch doesn’t require said trigger phrase, issue eliminated.

I’m sure ‘Raise to speak’ won’t be absolutely perfect. There will be false positives, or times the Watch misses your command. Also, as evidenced by me saying “Hey Siri” in a bunch of different voices, Apple Watch doesn’t support Personalized Hey Siri — the ability to listen for your particular voice — like she does on iPhone and iPad. This is a feature that would undoubtedly help reduce false positives with ‘Raise to speak’. Perhaps Apple will surprise us and include it in a later watchOS 5 beta? We’ll have to wait and see.

OK Lance, calm down

Siriously, though! Any time technology can get out of or way or remove a barrier, the more convenient it becomes. And on Apple Watch, where Siri is a major input mechanism, ‘Raise to speak’ is a huge step in the right direction. I mean, you’ve gotta think trigger phrases will disappear eventually for all virtual assistants.

Hopefully next year we’ll see this trickle down Apple’s product line, almost like when they introduce a new hardware component. They start by including it in the first product that makes sense. Once they can make it at scale, it makes its way to other devices. A perfect example of this is Touch ID, which followed the path of iPhone > iPad > Mac. In this case, scale isn’t the real limiting factor, so much as being bug-free.

Exciting times are ahead.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

watchOS 5 wishlist: enable a Watch-first mentality

I love Apple Watch. I’ve had one on my wrist every day since the first model came out, and I think it will serve an even larger purpose in the Apple ecosystem as time goes on. In my Watch Series 3 review, I likened it to a high school graduate living above the iPhone’s garage. And we all know how fickle young adults can be; there is always room for improvement, with tons of promise. With WWDC around the corner, the major themes most in need of attention are apps, and the ability for Apple Watch to continuously handle more rudimentary or smaller tasks with greater ease than iPhone.

Based on observation, I believe I use my Watch on an above-average frequency because I see the inherent value of a Watch-first mentality. In other words, Apple Watch should compel you to use it first over any other device for a subset of tasks. And those tasks have to work every time — not some times or most of the time — every time. It has to be a consistent experience that builds trust. What follows is a list of barriers I feel are in need of being addressed in order enable said mentality.

Enable developers to build better apps

Developers have increasingly been pulling their Apple Watch apps in droves for about a year. Major ones of note include Google Maps, Slack, Amazon, eBay, and Instagram. The reason must come down to low utilization and the reduced feature set offered by Apple’s WatchKit. Let’s face it though: who needs to make purchases from their wrist or scroll a tiny version of their Instagram feed? Google Maps and Slack are the only ones I mentioned that have a more useful place on a wrist computer, but I digress.

Marco Arment wrote the perfect piece on this subject, summarizing why “developing Apple Watch apps is extremely frustrating and limited”. Here’s the crux of it:

Developing Apple Watch apps is extremely frustrating and limited for one big reason: unlike on iOS, Apple doesn’t give app developers access to the same watchOS frameworks that they use on Apple Watch.

Instead, we’re only allowed to use WatchKit, a baby UI framework that would’ve seemed rudimentary to developers even in the 1990s. But unlike the iPhone’s web apps, WatchKit doesn’t appear to be a stopgap — it seems to be Apple’s long-term solution to third-party app development on the Apple Watch.

Marco suggests fixing this situation in one of two ways:

One solution is for Apple to reimplement all of its own Watch apps with WatchKit instead of their internal frameworks, which will force them to fix WatchKit’s many bugs and dramatically expand it.

The much better solution, and the one I hope they take, is for Apple to expose its real watchOS UI and media frameworks to third-party developers, as it has done on iOS.

I’m not a developer, but I can understand the limitations at play here. Just the other day, I was complaining that after four watchOS iterations, Watch apps are still almost never perfectly in sync with their parent iOS app. For instance: I have been using the amazing task manager app Things 3 for a few weeks, and while I have five tasks scheduled for ‘Today’, the Watch app shows none of them. I don’t place the blame on the developer because I see this happen so often across many third-party apps. Apple needs to get its act together here. Watch Series 3 and beyond is powerful enough to run real apps, which I’m hoping is what we’ll see at WWDC.


With the introduction of Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular, Apple enabled its Music and new Radio app to function purely off the device’s LTE radio. Many of us thought they would follow suit with their Podcasts app, but that sadly hasn’t been the case. I think the stars may finally be aligning for this to happen in watchOS 5. This has been a long-time coming. Delaying this any further will be incredibly confusing as more people are consuming podcasts than ever before.

Related to my point above about enabling developers to build better apps: Apple should also explicitly give developers the tools to build their own podcast and music apps on Apple Watch.

UI Improvements

Apple has consistently improved the UI on Apple Watch ever since its introduction. I expect this trend to continue as time passes and Apple further understands how people use the device. Here are a few areas I’d like to see improvement in.

Additional Watch Faces

I’m sure Apple will introduce a few new stock Watch faces, and I really have no recommendations or anticipations for those. I only hope for continued improvements of existing ones like the Siri face, which I use 90% of the time due to its versatility.

Now, I’m of the mind that Apple will not allow just any third-party developer to create completely unique Watch faces. What I can see is Apple partnering with specific brands to make new faces available in the App Store. This would be similar to the Hermès or Nike watch faces that are only available on their respectively-branded Apple Watch models, but I’m talking about ones that would be available for all. For example, a couple brands or institutions I’m thinking of would be: colleges, professional sports teams, movies and TV shows, etc.

If Apple were to let any developer create a custom Watch face, I’d expect it to be heavily templated. I’d argue the watch face makes up at least 50% of the design/brand of a watch (not just smart watches). I don’t anticipate Apple ever compromising their brand or performing essentially a ‘design review’ for truly custom watch faces, but I’d love to be proven wrong.

Replace the Watch Face Edge Swipe

watchOS 4 added the ability to switch between watch faces with a left or right edge swipe. This still perplexes me, because each face is typically slow to load in this manner. As you swipe between them, Apple Watch has to load each face’s unique UI, complications, animations, etc., resulting in a janky process that is slower than the original method of force touching, scrolling a list of your cached faces, then loading the one you pick. I still do it the latter way because it’s a better, faster experience.

I propose Apple either remove this gesture or replace it. I think some interesting things could take its place, in theory. Perhaps a left edge swipe could show the Home screen, while a right edge swipe could show the Dock, fitting in with Apple’s increasingly buttonless world of gestural navigation.

Home Screen and Dock

In watchOS 4, Apple introduced an option for the home screen that displays all your installed apps in a list, as opposed to the often-disliked honeycomb arrangement. They also changed the Dock interface to a vertical arrangement of apps you last used. In watchOS 5, I propose Apple tweak these further.

By default, the Dock will display the last eight applications used with a large app preview. Here’s the problem, though: because the frequency in which I use my Watch is less than other devices, I never remember which of the eight applications are even in my Dock at one time. Therefore, I’m typically always going back to the list view by pressing the Digital Crown.

You can change the Dock to show your favorite applications instead of recent ones, but either way, the large app previews make it a bear to scroll and quickly get into your desired app.

I think Apple should:

  1. Make the list view the new Home screen default. Everyone I show it to loves it way more than the honeycomb. The whole honeycomb situation seems to have missed the mark, both from a usability perspective and a branding/marketing one. Jony Ive himself said the square screen and Digital Crown were perfect for scrolling lists. Why use touch-and-drag here?
  2. Leave the Dock functionality as is, but make it a list view and remove the huge app previews. This would move me to only allow my favorite Watch apps to show here, therefore truncating the main Home screen list view — a sort of folder, if you will.

Grab Bag

Now for a few other things that get on my nerves.

Custom notification sounds

I mean, come on. This is another thing that’s way overdue. It baffles me that notification sounds don’t already mirror iPhone settings. Audio is a huge part of UX. It would be extremely helpful to differentiate notifications just from the ping on your wrist.

Visually speaking, if you think managing notifications is hard on iOS, try it on screen that’s quite a bit smaller. iOS notifications UI and UX need to be addressed before improvements trickle down to watchOS, but I had to call out the distinction.

Better radio priority/switching

Right now, all Watch models hang on tightly to your iPhone via Bluetooth as their primary data connection. This means that if you’re just a little too far from your iPhone, you’re gonna have a bad time. Siri will stall, dictation fails, iMessages don’t go through … you get the picture. This happens to me most when I’m at home and have left my iPhone in another area of the house. Apple should improve the radio priority to use a known Wi-Fi network first, perhaps on Series 3 and beyond due to battery concerns.

If nothing else, they should at least improve the Watch’s ability and rate of switching to Wi-Fi or cellular if the Bluetooth connection to iPhone is degraded.

Add a Drumming Workout Type

This is a bit of a self-serving ask, but it would be great if the Workout app specifically supported drumming. Right now, I’m using the ‘Other’ workout type to track my practice, and while I’m sure the calories are a bit elevated than reality, the “steps” count is hilarious. Apple Watch must think every stroke of the drum head is a step.


So, that’s it. As Apple Watch becomes more capable and independent, I’m certain more of a Watch-first mentality will emerge. Like Matt Birchler’s wishlist, I think mine is relatively modest. Make sure you read his, by the way. He’s also a big Apple Watch proponent.

Suffice it to say I’m excited to see how this awesome little wrist computer evolves at WWDC and beyond. What are your suggestions for improving watchOS? Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Speed up Apple Watch software updates by disabling Bluetooth →

Christian Zibreg for iDownloadBlog discovered a faster way to update his Apple Watch:

Disabling Bluetooth on your paired iPhone at the right time will force your Apple Watch to connect to your iPhone via the faster Wi-Fi protocol.

Read through to find out exactly when you need to disable Bluetooth during the update process for this to work.

This is great, because when I update mine, I swear I have been transported back to 1998 with a 56k modem. I have always wondered why Apple doesn’t broker this process over Wi-Fi by default. It sure would make for a better experience. I’ll have to give this process a try with the next update.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Kuo predicts Apple Watch Series 4 will have bigger screen, new design →

Benjamin Mayo for 9to5Mac:

With a launch in the third quarter of 2018, Ming-Chi Kuo says the new watches will have a 15% larger display. All Watches to date come in 38 mm or 42 mm screen sizes.

The analyst (who has one of the better track records of accuracy when it comes to Apple rumors) does not say whether the overall chassis will grow in proportion.

It is possible the new form factor incorporates thinner bezels, which would see the Apple Watch Series 4 feature a larger display without making the overall product larger. The report does mention a larger battery capacity which would suggest that is not going to be the case.

I completely forgot to write about this earlier in the week. Slimmer bezels are an easy way to make the screen bigger without increasing the physical body size. I would love to have more screen real estate on my wrist. This would open up new opportunities for Apple Watch and app developers. 1 I bet this is exactly what we’ll see in the new iteration, hopefully with an always-on watch face!

As I said in my Series 3 review, the current design is starting to get a little bit stale, and a new dot crown color isn’t going to cut it this time around. Less bezels/bigger screen would alter the design for the better (think iPhone X). Some folks also think Apple Watch is a little chunky, and they’re not wrong, but many mechanical watches are as chunky if not chunkier. If anything, I feel the rounded rectangle shape makes it seem chunkier than it really is. In other words, I personally don’t care for Apple to make it thinner.

One final thought: I still don’t think we’ll see a round watch face just yet (if ever). While I would love to see the design itself, it just doesn’t make sense from a UI/UX perspective. I wonder if it’s a hurdle we’ll ever surpass.

  1. Anything to reignite the stagnate Apple Watch dev community. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

John Hancock extends $25 Apple Watch offer to all customers →

Christina Farr for CNBC:

John Hancock, one of the largest life insurance providers, is partnering with Apple to offer all of its new and existing members of its Vitality program a steeply discounted Apple Watch.

The program offers perks and rewards to people who live healthy lifestyles. Any consumer who signs up for the program is eligible to get the device for $25.

As long as Vitality members exercise regularly for two years, they will be allowed to keep the device for free. If they don’t, they’ll have to pay it off in installments. The Series 3 costs upwards of $299.

It’s really $25 plus tax, so you’re looking at roughly $50 — $70. Still not a bad deal.

According to the same page, the way you pay it off is by earning 500 fitness-related Vitality Points per month over two years (12,000 total points). These points are applied towards the cost of the Watch, and you therefore avoid any additional charges. I’m not sure how the points system works in actuality, so it’s not exactly clear how attainable this is.

That said, they have had success with the pilot version of the program as Christina discusses:

John Hancock, which is owned by Manulife, first started offering Apple Watches to a limited set of members — people who purchased life insurance policies over $2 million — several years ago.

After logging a 20 percent increase in activity under the program, it decided to extend it to all U.S. members

About half of the people who received the device achieved their monthly goals and did not pay for the device, John Hancock senior vice president Brooks Tingle told CNBC.

I’m surprised the amount of people that hit their goals is so high. I would expect that to dip now that all their customers are eligible for this promotion. Some may even treat it as a deferred lease and just pay it off at the end.

Either way, it’s interesting to see Apple find more and more ways to push the Watch, and deservedly so for Series 3. Just imagine when there’s a real ‘Medical Series’ version that is FDA certified.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1 to address captive Wi-Fi portal bug

Update Notes:

watchOS 4.0.1 fixes issues that in rare cases were causing Apple Watch to join unauthenticated (captive) Wi-Fi networks, such as those found in public places like coffee shops and hotels, which direct the user to a webpage before the network can be accessed.

Quite a mouthful. Good on Apple for issuing a quick fix. Even though it seemed like an extremely rare bug, it was still sloppy.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Apple Watch Series 3 Review: A Coming Of Age Story

When Apple Watch was announced in 2014, many were complaining the company was late yet again to another emerging market. Fast-forward only three years and Apple Watch is purportedly the top-selling watch in the world by revenue (according to Apple). Yes, the top-selling watch, surpassing even Rolex. Just yesterday, Horace Dediu published fascinating analysis of Apple Watch sales which seems to corroborate Apple’s claim.

As you will glean from my review, Apple Watch Series 3 is the epitome of the original. It accomplishes everything the first one set out to do and takes it one step further with the addition of a cellular radio. Think of Series 3 as a high school graduate. It’s not truly independent from iPhone, but it has moved out of the house and is living above the iPhone’s garage. It still needs the iPhone for the foreseeable future, but just took its first big step towards being a grownup.

Read on

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Red Sox used Apple Watch to steal Yankees pitching signs →

Michael Schmidt for The New York Times:

The Yankees, who had long been suspicious of the Red Sox stealing catchers’ signs in Fenway Park, contended the videotape showed a member of the Red Sox training staff looking at his Apple Watch in the dugout and then relaying a message to players, who may have then been able to use the information to know the type of pitch that was going to be thrown, according to the people familiar with the case.

Baseball investigators corroborated the Yankees’ claims based on video the commissioner’s office uses for instant replay and broadcasts, the people said. The commissioner’s office then confronted the Red Sox, who admitted that their trainers had received signals from video replay personnel and then relayed that information to some players — an operation that had been in place for at least several weeks.

I love this story, and don’t really see what the big deal is. I played baseball for about ten years, and was a Catcher for most of that time.

At the end of the Freshman season in High School, I was called up to help out the JV team. I didn’t start one particular game and my coach half-jokingly told us bench warmers to try and pick off the other team’s pitching signs.

After about 10 minutes of watching their coach, I had the signs figured out. I told my team, and before I knew it, they all were shouting the next pitch at our batter. 1 Eventually, the other team’s coach just let the Catcher call everything himself. Here’s the thing though: you can know what pitch is coming, but it doesn’t mean anything if you can’t hit it (read: we lost the game).

In the case of the Red Sox, Apple Watch just helped speed up an already-existing workflow — and like my Dad always says: baseball is a thinking man’s game, so good thinking on their part. I think the Apple Watch Series 3 to be announced next week will help the rest of us speed up our own workflows.

  1. Come on, guys. How about some subtlety? 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Kuo: LTE Apple Watch will not handle phone calling on its own →

Zac Hall for 9to5Mac:

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has an update to the recent LTE Apple Watch report that includes a few details about what to expect. Kuo expects cellular models of the Apple Watch will use an eSIM and not a physical SIM card as a space-saving measure, and the cellular connection may only be used for data transfer and not phone call features.

Of course the Apple Watch won’t have a removable SIM — that would look terrible and be ridiculous to access.

KGI already forecasted what Bloomberg first reported: the cellular Apple Watch will feature LTE connectivity but offer no 3G connection which will limit it to certain markets and countries. Today KGI adds that it believes Apple could choose Qualcomm over Intel for the baseband chip as the former company offers a smaller, low power solution.

I could get on board with this. It’s time to leave 3G in the past.

The other new development is Kuo expects Apple could omit phone call capabilities from the LTE model of the new Apple Watch. You can already make phone calls from the Apple Watch when it’s paired with a nearby iPhone and there’s no technical limitation with the implementation, but KGI expects Apple may want to improve the “user experience” of data transmission before enabling voice services.

Curiously, the report doesn’t rule out VoIP services like Skype and FaceTime for calling however. Still, this will be a notable setback if the cellular Apple Watch can’t place and receive voice calls.

This would both be incredibly unfortunate and typical Apple (playing it safe in terms of battery life). I was expecting a cellular Apple Watch to be the true Dick Tracy watch, but it won’t quite be if it doesn’t handle phone calls on its own. Even though phone calling is a less-used feature on our iPhones, having it on the Watch is incredibly valuable in a pinch and even better when paired with AirPods or other wireless headphones.

If this is true, here’s the major downside: say you go for a run with just your LTE Watch. If you’re expecting a phone call, you will still need to take your phone — kind of defeats the purpose.

My bet is that FaceTime Audio will at least be available when only on LTE. Maybe Apple could work some magic to forward LTE-based calls to FaceTime Audio on your Watch in this circumstance. Of course, your caller would need to have an Apple device, but that would work for me.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Apple Watch Series 3 could be the iPhone 4 of its line

iPhone 4 was arguably when the iPhone became the modern iPhone. It was a huge leap from the 3GS. It was really fast, had a sexy glass sandwich design, introduced the Retina display, external antenna system, and more. It even had huge controversies from being lost in a bar and published by Gizmodo to antennagate. Along the same lines, I think Apple Watch Series 3 has the potential to be the ‘iPhone 4’ of its line in terms of performance and adoption (hopefully without the controversies).

I remember being extremely excited for the original Apple Watch’s (delayed) launch back in early 2015, more than any Apple product since the original iPhone. A close match was the AirPods, but that was a different kind of excitement. Now, with Fall quickly approaching, we are seemingly on track to receive another Watch update.

See, it’s all about experiences when it comes to technology. Apple Watch does a subset of things the iPhone does, but the experience it offers is visceral, compelling, and strikingly different than the iPhone. For instance, I’m more compelled to archive email from the Watch because it’s right there on my wrist. Same goes for quickly replying to a message or controlling music playback. These quick use cases and the experience factor make pulling the iPhone out of my pocket seem like a major drag. Using the Watch makes me feel like I’m accomplishing things with the speed of a ninja.

I still have my original 42mm Apple Watch.1 While I love it, it’s an absolute dog when it comes to doing tasks not already loaded in memory. I recently upgraded my wife’s original Watch to a Series 1 and am on the verge of stealing it insanely jealous of the dual-core processor within. I tested hers by asking Siri to unlock the front door; a task that normally takes my Watch around 25 seconds to complete. Hers did it in less than 10. Considering this, I am impressed with myself for holding out for the Series 3, since it is highly unlike me to not upgrade (mostly) every Apple device upon its new release, but I digress.

Before Series 2 was announced, I thought all I wanted was a faster watch. The more I thought about it, though, the more I decided to wait for Series 3.2 While I knew Series 2 would be faster, I’m holding out for a major increase in speed, as I shouldn’t have to wait for my Watch to catch up to my commands. With that said, here’s what I’d like to see in Apple Watch Series 3.

Series 3 Wishlist

  • Faster processor and more RAM, of course. This is arguably the most important and obvious upgrade. Apple is typically not concerned with feeds and speeds, but for such a small device, it’s particularly important. I’m expecting their silicon team to wow us this year.
  • Better battery life. The Series 2 does better on battery, but Apple needs to keep pushing in this space to improve the experience for heavy Watch users. Things like less battery intensive chips are key to ensuring this.
  • Always-on Watch Face. This is dependent on a better battery. Notifications and Hey Siri could still be activated like they are now (raising the Watch first).
  • Smaller bezels. A big trend this year with smartphones, and rumored for the iPhone 8. Reduced bezels on the Watch would allow for potentially bigger screens.
  • Cellular radio. This is a big, heavily requested one. Series 2 checked off the GPS box for runners, so this seems like the next logical step. A cellular radio would enable the Watch to be more independent in most regards. I would think you’d still pair it to an iPhone, but you’d be free to completely leave the phone behind when you need to. It shouldn’t use a lot of data, so hopefully Apple works out some nice kind of deal with the carriers to facilitate an inexpensive connection to your existing plan.
  • Improved Taptic Engine. Series 2 is better, but I think the Taptic Engine could still be more powerful and precise to really get your attention.
  • Space Black variants of Watch bands. Maybe not for all bands, but it would be nice to have more first-party bands that pair well with the Space Black Watch. I’m mostly referring to the silver hardware on the classic leather band, for instance. Let’s get some Space Black hardware on that bad boy!

Unlikely Features

  • FaceTime Camera. This has been rumored before, but I really don’t think Apple would do this. Terrible ergonomics alone are reason enough not to.
  • Smart Watch Bands. A few days ago, Chaim Gartenberg from The Verge suggested smart bands as the future of the smartwatch. While they very well could be, I think the band should be all about form, not function. Having to choose between form and function in a band would be too much.

Medical Series

Tim Cook was rumored to be testing a breakthrough blood glucose monitor that connects to Apple Watch. If Apple is making a play for a real ‘Medical Series’ Watch, it would have to pass stringent FDA specifications to be used for real medical collection of data and evaluation of said data. I think there’s a decent chance we could see a ’Medical Series’ this year. Some Health Plans have already been subsidizing the cost of the regular Apple Watch, and Apple is rumored to be making a play in healthcare. Makes me think this will happen eventually.

Final Thoughts

Announcements from WWDC had virtually no leaks, and we were bombarded with awesome updates. I think we’re in for a similar surprise with Apple Watch this fall.

My other bet is on Apple Watch playing a bigger role in Apple’s ecosystem down the line, potentially involving AR. Imagine the Watch’s motion data being used as a input mechanism for future Apple AR glasses or similar. Sounds cool, right? Let’s get that future here as fast as possible. Bring on Series 3!

  1. Space Black Stainless Steel, if you were wondering. 
  2. I just didn’t care enough about the GPS and swimproof features.