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Why the Apple Watch actually is my most personal Apple device

Michael Simon | July 21, 2015
Having affection for an Apple product isn't usually an unpopular opinion. From the earliest days of the Mac to the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, people have forged deep connections with the devices Apple makes, quickly declaring that they could never again live without this or that gadget.

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Having affection for an Apple product isn't usually an unpopular opinion. From the earliest days of the Mac to the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, people have forged deep connections with the devices Apple makes, quickly declaring that they could never again live without this or that gadget. It's a pretty ubiquitous phenomenon, and even the hoards of detractors who (often sight unseen) declare the latest Cupertino creation to be dead on arrival generally climb on board the good-tidings bandwagon after a new Apple product has been on shelves for a few months.

But the Apple Watch hasn't followed the same trajectory. While the first impressions were mostly positive, initial reviewers were somewhat reticent with their accolades, and few since then have offered much in the way of praise. Apparently, according to many early opinions, the Apple Watch isn't the transformative device that the iPhone and iPad were, and anyone who buys one will eventually relegate it to a drawer of forgotten jewelry after just a few weeks.

Well, to paraphrase Steve Jobs, everyone else must be wearing it wrong. In the five or so weeks that I've had my Apple Watch, it has changed my life in a far more measurable way than any other Apple device was able to do in such a short amount of time. In a sense, it's taken me back to a time when my iPhone hadn't yet taken over my consciousness, and I wouldn't want to give it back for anything else Apple may have in its pipeline. 

App heap 

Like most people who bought an Apple Watch the moment it was available for preorder, I had certain expectations. Aside from the three main aspects Apple touts--timekeeping, messaging, and fitness--I had already earmarked a handful of apps I couldn't wait to install, essentials like Dark Sky, Workflow, and Clear that I regularly use on my iPhone.

But where I dutifully check the App Store each week to see what's new for my iPhone or iPad, I barely pay attention to the apps being designed for Apple Watch. It's kind of the opposite of the iPhone effect--after using Apple's original handset for just a few days, I craved a store where I could download games and utilities to enhance its usefulness, but with my Apple Watch I want it to be as simple as possible. I have plenty of apps installed, but if they don't have an accompanying Glance I rarely refer to them. (The exception is 1Password, which offers a secure digital locker for important bits that I might need throughout the day. It's made stuffing a scrap of paper into my pocket obsolete.)

 

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