IDC released new numbers on the smart watch market, and they don’t look good. Overall, the market is down 51% over last year (quarter over quarter), and the Apple Watch’s sales were down 71%!
Call me a bad American, but I prefer to measure my runs in kilometers than miles. So while I’m perfectly happy to have my driving directions in miles, my weight tracked in pounds, and my temperature in Fahrenheit, all I want is my runs in that other format. Thankfully Apple makes this possible in 2 different ways.
I’m 100% behind this thinking. Having the ability to use your smart watch totally independent from the phone fundamentally changes the usability of the watch. GPS is a good step towards this, but native watch apps combined with a persistent data connection is so powerful.
The internet is rife with people talking about the smartphone, tablet, and laptop setups, but you don’t really see into what people are doing on their smart watches. This isn’t surprising as there are many fewer of us smart watch owners out there, and there are fewer things we can do to customize our watches. Still, I wanted to share my current Apple Watch setup.
Josh Ginter is a great writer, and I always enjoy reading his thoughts on Apple’s mobile devices (see here, here, and here). Today he shared some first impressions of the Apple Watch Series 2, so of course I rushed to check them out. I agree with him on almost every point.