Why the Apple Watch is a ‘Newton-Like’ Failure

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With each passing day it is looking more and more that the Apple Watch will not be a successful device.  When it was first launched I did venture into an Apple Store at a local mall to see what the fuss was about and after seeing the device, I was less than impressed. Since then, several tech journalists have come to the same conclusion.

On the inc.com website, there is a compelling article titled “Why the Apple Watch is a ‘Newton-Like’ Failure” by John Brandon that lists the reasons why the Apple Watch has proven to be an underwhelming device. In that article, he made the following quote that really highlights the perception that many share

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The Apple Watch is going to be remembered as a failure that never really changed our work lives for the better.

It does come across as a bit harsh, but he does offer compelling reasons as to how he arrived at that conclusion based on his experience, as well as others.  He had problems with the display being too small, the fact that he had to charge it every day and the build of the Sport model being too delicate for him.

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This is an observation that I also made.  For me in addition to the display being too small, I found it very hard to select the apps as the icons were just too small. Worst of all, the apps were slow as there was a noticeable lag. I just could not see myself using this gadget on an everyday basis as it would be far more easier for me to do it on my smartphone.

There are a slew of other articles that do not paint a positive picture of the Apple Watch.  Among them are

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In addition, there are other areas where John Brandon found the Apple Watch lacking

  • You can initiate a call, but can’t engage in a discussion-you have to use your iPhone for that
  • You can ask for directions to your next meeting, but the map app is so slow
  • The Watch dims so often to save on battery life, it’s much easier to just use your phone
  • Most apps are too slow
  • The Watch vibrates constantly
  • The one-day battery life is abysmal
  • The interface is confusing
  • The screen is fuzzy

There is an entire laundry list of fixes and improvements that Apple will have to make in order to correct these deficiencies, but as of right now in its present form the Apple Watch is a dud.  On the Business Insider website, Jay Yarow highlighted the lack of interest in the Apple Watch among consumers in the following article

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The thing that was really compelling about the article was the interest in the Apple Watch, as measured by Google Trends.  It showed it trending below the iPod as seen above.

Unfortunately for Apple, the Apple Watch is the first major new product launched since the iPad in 2010 and right now it is seeing a slow response and trending towards a ‘Newton-Like’ failure. What will this mean for Apple Watch?  Only time will tell.

 

web99

Web99 enjoys tech and has tried smartphones on all the major platforms. Out of all devices he has tried, BlackBerry10 best fulfills his needs.

  • ray689

    Knowing the Apple followers, this will likely not mean much as many have already gave Apple a pass since this is a “first generation” so I’m sure they will all gladly hand their money over when Apple watch 2 comes out.

    • web99

      Ray,

      Thanks for your comment, but I am noticing a difference on some hardcore Apple forums. On the Apple-centric macrumors.com furum, there is a notable thread Sending the watch back in which many iPhone users expressed disappointment in the watch and did not see a need for buying one.

      In that thread, several iPhone users mentioned returning the watch as it did not satisfy their needs or expectation. Biggly wrote the following article around a month ago

      I have noticed the same trend among some of my iPhonien colleagues. Several of them mentioned that they see no need for that watch. I don’t know if it was a case of overconfidence, not doing proper research or taking their customers for granted, but Apple really does have its work cut of for them, as the Apple Watch in its present form is not ready for primetime.

  • Blackjack

    The more I see the scales fall from people’s eyes, the happier I am. For them.

  • Blackjack

    From what I have read everything depends on this watch for Apple. If it fails Apple fails.

  • Wow. I must admit to a bit of relief and joy at reading this Web. Very well done BTW.

    It just means to me there is SOME sanity in the marketplace. I have racked my brain trying to devise a strong use case for the watch, but as it is today, there is NONE, save one small one, which is for someone carrying their phone in a bag and wanting to see who’s calling… but then again, as you said, the execution is lacking so even there, the use case is weak.

    Anywho- I think as you said above, Apple IS arrogant and believes its own hype and probably miscalculated the marketplace. If they are like other companies who have gone through almost tragic failures, they will double-down on the watch and invest more in their losers. I don’t want to see Apple go out of business, but I would surely like to see them lose their cult-like grip on the marketplace and their bullying of the carriers and news outlets stop.

  • Anthony

    I demoed the Watch. It has some good features.

    The ridiculous thing about the Watch is they’re compressing a smartphone into a tiny screen.

    Remove the app shit and features you’d use on a smartphone, make it solar powered, and reduce the price to $100. locco_smiley_11

  • bartron

    When I read the reviews of the Apple Watch when it came out, the first thing that came to mind was the Newton.

    Given how slowly Apple improves their products and services, it will be many, many years before the watch is actually decent.

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