Over here at LayerVault we usually get together and watch the Apple keynote and we want you guys to join in on the fun. Feel free to post your comments, observations and silly gifs here.
The iPhone is "required with Apple Watch."
I have a mediocre theory as to why this is the case.
Clearly, battery life is going to be a huge issue with the Watch. The size of the watch and the functionality that they showed just don't jive well together. If the watch was operated exclusively by an in-body battery, it might last a 4-5 hours of use.
This is where the iPhone comes in. My suspicion is that the Watch and iPhone will work in tandem - the iPhone lending its processing power and transmitting the resulting data over to the watch, which just has to display things in a pretty way.
This way, the watch battery just has to focus on powering the display and sensors, and the iPhone can compute things in the background with - and this is key - its screen off. Therefore saving battery power itself.
For any of this to work, the phone probably definitely has to be an iPhone.
this is also how android wear watches currently work.
On the plus side, maybe they'll include some sort of way to find the phone when it gets misplaced in the couch, car, upstairs, etc. Maybe a Marco Polo like vibrating as you get closer to it.
I'll talk about it once the HD video lacking Chinese commentary comes out. Until then, I guess I'm avoiding Facebook and the news.
I just can't take that squared design. I really wish it had the hardware design of the Moto 360 with the UX of the Apple watch.
I agree. On first impression, I still prefer the industrial design of the Moto 360; they really nailed the form-factor. But the amount of features packed into Watch is truly amazing. Compared to the current family of Android watches, Apple’s is so much more than a second screen, an extension of the phone’s notification center. It’s a standalone device in its own right.
Totally agree. Apple UX is really fantastic and puts Android Wear to shame. I just wish they had made it round. But I guess it's up to personal taste.
The UX does seem well thought out, but it definitely does not seem like a stand alone device unfortunately.
I'm wondering what that use case is like. If I go for a run, I've got to have my phone?! Or does it store data and then sync back when I'm near?!
I want to know more.
They mention playing music from the watch itself when you're running. So yeah you can leave the phone away from it for a bit.
I watched the event and couldn't really find anything that wouldn't be possible to do with android wear.. am I missing something?
I was pretty let down, probably just hyped myself up too much
Well when the iPhone first came out, you couldn't really do anything with it that you couldn't do with other mobile phones.
It was just way more practical and delightful to use so more people started using these features (internet & contacts mostly).
My problem is it's too thick. I have the same problem with regular watches.
My guess it they will release a new iteration every year from now on, as they do for iPhones, and make it thinner each time. They might make it rounder too :)
Not sure how I feel about the homescreen of the Apple Watch.
I have trypophobia (the fear / being grossed out from clustered holes) and this makes me feel pretty uncomfortable.
Not to mention it looks like it's going to be difficult to touch the icon you want; they look too small.
Made the mistake of doing a Google Images search of this.
I have now have it too.
I never knew there was a name for it. Clustered holes give gross me out too.
You are not alone lol
Is it an odd choice to use bubble icons in a square frame? Why not just use the existing squircles from iOS? I think that would have organized much nicer.
Maybe it's a way to save space on the smaller screen while keeping the same touchable surface as a rounded-square icon. Fingertips are round after all.
Itll look much better with Watch 2. Rounded display
Did anyone notice if they mentioned a left-handed watch? I mean it's possible to rotate it... but then the form factor isn't the same.
Don't think they're going to make a left handed version.
This is the first thing I thought of as well...
Going to suck for us lefties.
Often have my watch on my left hand, but that watch doesn't require any interaction. Now I have to use a small touch screen with my non dominant hand. Ouch.
Yeah my first thought as well. Just flip it, it might be a little harder but still the best bet. The knob will just be on the bottom instead of the top.
and the software better know its upside down or all your interaction with the crown will be backwards
But they are thinking of left handed users though.
I'm all for new iPhones and iWatchamacallits but I really wish they would update their displays (because I need a new one). I know...it's not going to happen today. ;)
I agree their display options are long overdue for a refresh.
Or stop worrying so much about Thin and spend a little extra effort on battery life. My 5 was atrocious (so much so, it was literally replaced last week for free by Apple).
i can't see the iPhone 6 Pro doing anything but cannibalizing iPad sales. very strange.
A company that is primarily concerned with their existing market is a company that is not creating the future but protecting the past.
Apple is not shy about cannibalizing their own markets. It's one of their great strengths, actually.
The iPad Mini more specifically. But the iPad Mini was craving for connectivity features so instead of adding antennas to it, they decided to make an iPhone with the same size/usage.
I'm guessing they will move the iPad (Air) to a more family/professional use, a bit like the desktop for the living/meeting room.
can we talk about all those people camped outside apple stores?
Anyone else excited about Apple adding 2 new screen resolutions to the family? Not to mention ppi : The iPhone 6+ is 401 ppi. That seems just...unnecessary.
Well Retina resolution was designed to match your actual retina's resolution at about arm's length.
I'm guessing they realised a lot of people browser media content on their phone (ie photos and videos) and hold it much closer than that, hence the need for a higher resolution to keep things as crisp at that distance.