ifg 發表於 2014-9-10 15:49:35

Apple Watch: The net reacts to Apple's first wearable

9 September 2014 Last updated at 22:53, BBC

It's not often that details of a major tech product can be kept under wraps until it appears on stage, but the Apple Watch managed to dodge the rumour sites and stay a secret right to the end.

It helped that Apple isn't ready to release the wearable until next year - missing the busy Christmas shopping season - though it may squeak in in time for the Chinese New Year in February.

Tim Cook and Co managed to tantalise their audience with the promise of elegantly designed miniature apps - some, such as Maps and the exercise-focused Workout sounding genuinely useful, others, such as the ability to transmit your heartbeat to a loved one, perhaps less so.
And while the Digital Crown control and pressure-sensitive screen hold the promise of a clever user interface tailored for the Watch's size, there was surprise from some that the fashion-conscious firm had opted for a rectangular watch face rather than a circular one, bearing in mind Motorola and LG have been praised for doing the opposite.
But if one thing is clear from previous Apple launches - until you get time to play around with their products at length it's easy to miss many of their fine points and flaws.
Selected tech bloggers, other journalists and celebrities were invited to Apple's launch
Of course, that didn't prevent a flood of instant feedback before U2 had a chance to round off the press conference. Below is a selection of what appeared online in the hours after the announcement.
From a fashion point of view, the external aesthetic seemed neutral: neither super-stylish nor repellent. I would imagine that geeks would love it more than aesthetes. Yet smartphones have already transformed the fashion world in a way we never imagined.
Apple spent much of the launch highlighting the Watch's fitness-tracking facilities
Maybe the cleverest part of the Apple Watch's design is how you control it. Instead of relying on multi-touch gestures designed for bigger screens, the Apple Watch leans on the use of the "digital crown," aka "the spinny knob" aka that thing you typically use to adjust the time... Think clickwheel 2.0.
An intriguing feature is the Maps app, which in addition to offering directions also takes advantage of the haptic vibration system inside the device. In practice, this allows Apple's Maps app to not only plot a journey from your current location, but guide you using different types of vibrations on the wrist.
The Verge:
Apple left out some key details about the product, such as screen resolution, processing capabilities, and most importantly, expected battery life.... It also doesn't bode well that the display is not always on and only lights up when you move your wrist or interact with the watch
The design of the watch means that it cannot be worn while recharging
Financial Times:
What's the psychology behind showing your audience a rapid-fire demo of your most important new product for years, then blasting them senseless with a deafening rock band? Maybe it's to bludgeon us all into submission.
Wall Street Journal:
OK, someone tell me why I need to share my heart rate with another Apple Watch owner. Honest question. I guess if I am very close to my caregiver.
It seems spectacular, worlds better than other solutions. No doubt there are countless other consumer companies gearing up to announce their Android Wear devices. And now, instead of simply competing with the round-faced Moto 360, they have to announce their device in the face of the Apple Watch.
Washington Post:

Look, do we really need this? Besides, if you want to know what time it is, there's always your phone.

ifg 發表於 2014-9-10 16:15:40

Twitter:A lot of kitchen-sinking in the Apple watch. Much like the iPad launch. It's a piece of glass that could be anything, but what in [email protected] to left-handed people wondering about the lack of left hand controls on the watch: "You're wearing it wrong." @rortApple Watch design ... #uninspiring. Thick, square, still looks like a tech geek's toy. @jasonhinerI was just watching a video on the Apple Watch, and no exaggeration drooled on myself. I wish I was joking. I'm at work. @elizabiitchannaApple Watch is the antithesis of what we've come to expect from Apple. Software looks absolutely amazing, hardware design is dated and [email protected] standing ovation for the Apple Watch - looks utterly stunning. Am worse than drooling @stephenfry
The Apple Watch allows us to share our heartbeats. Next year: colon x-rays. Stop over-sharing, America @bobcesca_goThe differences between Google Glass and Apple Watch tell you a lot about the two companies... @nxthompsonFor Apple Watch as it was for the iPad and the iPhone before that: it is all about the apps! @caro_milanesiWith Apple Watch, Apple Pay, is Apple changing it's naming convention from iEverything? @jaspmeshultz
Facebook:I've a Breitling on my wrist. What will I do with Apple watch? Jochen WinklerNo mention of waterproof... in the announcement or on the Apple pages. Very disappointing. Guess no swimming apps then? Stephen DeVitoI would gladly pay $250 but $350 is ridiculous. Dave Hunterhttp://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/77488000/jpg/_77488956_ad932ed4-c389-41cc-9d68-021e77d4208b.jpg
Apple has yet to detail how much it will cost to pick one of the more expensive designs
Wish it was coming out before Christmas! Debbie Argyle TreiberDid you make one for left-handers? Kimberly HuebnerI think that the requirement for the Watch to require the iPhone should be re-thought on the next one. Cathy J Cross
Reddit:The only appealing part of it in my opinion is the user interface. I can't believe I'm saying this, but a Motorola product looks infinitely more elegant and well designed than an Apple product. OsamaBeenModdinI really like it... but the more I think about it there is one critical piece that keeps nagging at me. When I think of an iPhone/iPad, I am purchasing it for a limited cycle (I don't expect to keep the device for more than three years). When I buy a watch, I'm wanting to buy something that will last 10+ years. lastmessiahNo sleep tracking, since you're probably gonna have to charge the thing at night, removes 50% of what I want my wearable to do. arcalumishttp://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/77488000/jpg/_77488958_04f6d0fb-4971-439c-bcce-74e04ea7a035.jpg

Tim Cook said Apple Watch owners would be able to use it to make contactless payments
It looked thick in the pictures alone, but when they showed it on peoples' wrists it looked a lot better. I like it. gallionatorI saw how the iPhone was revolutionary and how the iPad is one of the most amazing entertainment devices around, but I don't know what the watch is fulfilling. am0xThe battery will be make-or-break on this one. abbotleatherThere's going to be an explosion of third-party bands and accessories, which may also serve to drive sales over the competition in the same way the accessories market for iPhone does. stultus_respectant

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