Wednesday, June 28

Do we really need the Apple Watch?

Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns – used under a CC-BY-2.0 license
Seriously dude, do we really need the Apple Watch? (substitute with your favorite wearable device)
Not really. Actually not at all. Your iPhone (substitute with your favorite mobile platform) will do almost everything the watch does. It’ll show you notifications, it’ll tell the time, let you reply to messages, allow you to make video calls, track some of your health stats, allow you to cross items off your shopping list. And you can use it to watch TV. All you have to do is pull it out of your pocket. Your iPhone will even do a lot of things that your Apple Watch can’t do.
But do we really need the iPhone?
Not really. Actually not at all. Your Macbook (substitute with your favorite portable computing platform) will do almost everything the iPhone does. You can read and write emails or documents, get notifications, tell the time, write and reply to messages, make calls on the internet. You can even use it to watch TV on the internet. All you have to do is take it out of its sleeve, flip it open and wake it up from sleep. Or boot it up. Your Macbook will even do things your iPhone can’t do.
So do we need the Macbook?
Not really. Not at all. Your iMac (substitute with your favorite desktop platform) will do almost everything the Macbook does. It’ll let you read and write email, you can work on documents, get notifications, tell the time, even write and reply to instant messages. And make calls on the internet and watch TV. All you have to do is go to the room your iMac is in and wake it up from sleep. It’ll even do things the Macbook can’t do.
So then, do we really need the iMac?
Not really. You’ll still be able to read your newspaper and write things on a legal pad. With a pen. Or go to the library to use their computers and “surf” the internet. You can still look at your wrist watch to see what time it is and you can still write and send replies to letters, if you wait for the postman to pick them up. The alarm clock on your bed stand will wake you up in the morning. And of course you get to watch the TV on your TV set with rabbit ears. In some places there are still analog signals being brodcast for that. You can even pick up the phone and make calls to other people all over the world.
But do we really need the internet?
Not really. Not at all. You will still be able to read the daily newspaper that gets delivered to your house by a person every morning. Or you can visit your neighbours for a chat. Or switch on the TV set. And make phone calls to others who also own a phone. And if you have a fax machine, you can even send drawings to your friends who also own fax machines.
So how about the phone then. Do we really need that?
Not really…