Apple showcased the upcoming Watch OS 3 at the World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco today. Kevin Lynch from Apple gives the presentation on The Apple Watch Update in the WWDC video, which begins at 8 minutes and 30 seconds into the video. I highly recommend watching the entire Keynote, which is ver impressive...
My overall impression of the WWDC was amazing!!!! I am most impressed with the significant advancements with the HomeKit, including the Home App [1Hour 19 Minutes in to the video] for iOS and Watch OS.
As many of you know, I stopped writing about the Apple Watch after it was launched. I did so because I purchased the stainless steel Apple watch, along with several straps, and ended up returning it because I thought it was so frustrating to use. I found the watch UI to be way to kludgy, and slow. In particular, I found it very cumbersome and tedious to get to any information or apps. Also, the overall performance of the watch was way too sluggish. The Apple Watch felt like a Beta product that was not ready for prime time, and I didn't want to pay a lot of money to be a Beta Tester!!?!
Promising Future of Watch OS 3
Even thought I don't wear an Apple Watch today, I have been keeping abreast of the changes, and with the preview of Apple Watch OS 3 seems AMAZING!!!! So I am looking forward to checking it out.
In the meantime, several thoughts on the current state of the Apple Watch:
1. I am completely blown-away with the Apple Watch ability to instantly change straps and bracelets. This is my single most favorite feature, and something I look forward to exploring in the future in detail. In other words, it is amazing to me that by simply changing the strap/bracelet on the Apple Watch it can complete change looks.
2. My least favorite feature, which was not addressed in the WWDC Keynote is that Apple has not opened up the the actual timekeeping/ watch User Interface to developers. I think most of the existing Apple watch faces are lame, and I believe Apple should open up the UI so third-party developers can customize it, as well as offering much more flexibility to end users.
3. I think some of the new feature of Watch OS 3 are stunningly brilliant. The ability to authenticate you Mac password with an Apple Watch is amazing. I am also impressed with the new feature that allows you to write gestures in response to text messages. As previously mentioned, I am super impressed with the advancements in the HomeKit platform, and how it can all be controlled with the Apple Watch!!!!
As I mentioned, I am really looking forward to Watch OS3, and I am curios to see the advancements in the second generation of Apple Watch Hardware. I assume Apple will keep the form-factor similar, and most importantly, I assume they will keep it backwards compatible with all their brilliant straps and bracelets.
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Welcome To Jake's Apple Watch World
Immediately after the Apple launched the Apple Watch, I knew it was the time for me to create the ultimate Apple Watch Blog.
In early 2008, I began Jake's Rolex World, which over time became what has been referred to as The Wikipedia of Rolex, as well as also being referred to as The Bible Of Rolex.
Since then, I have created several other horological online magazines including Jake's Panerai World, Jake's Patek Philippe World, and Jake's Time Machine. On Jake's Panerai World, I published what is considered to be the definitive online history of the brand.
When Apple finally introduced the Apple Watch on September 9, 2014, I was completely stunned and blown-away at how thoughtfully and beautifully designed it was, thus I realized I had to create Jake's Apple Watch World!!!
From what I have seen thus far of the Apple Watch, I would give Apple an A++ for a 1.0 product, and more importantly, I am fascinated with the future promise of the Apple Watch OS platform.
In the day, months and years to come, I intend to report and share insight into what makes the Apple Watch Tick–Digitally that is...