What it is: Kitesurfer, John Zilles used his Apple Watch to call for help while floating in shark-infested waters.
Many people can’t see a use for the Apple Watch. Of course, many people to this day still can’t find a use for a PC. It’s not because a PC isn’t useful. It’s just that many people (often senior citizens) prefer to keep doing things the old fashion way because it’s familiar to them. So it’s not that a PC isn’t useful, it’s just that some people simply refuse to see its advantages and use them.
The same is true of the Apple Watch. While many people believe the Apple Watch has no use for them, it’s steadily gaining new features and one of them is cellular connectivity, allowing the Apple Watch to make phone calls independent of an iPhone.
That might not seem like a crucial feature, but when John Zilles found himself stranded in shark-infested waters, he used his Apple Watch to call the Coast Guard for help. Without the Apple Watch, John would have needed to carry an iPhone with him, which he probably wouldn’t have done. That means he could have been stranded in shark-infested waters with no way of calling for help.
While few of us are likely to get stranded in shark-infested waters, it is likely that sometime in the future we may need to make a phone call and won’t have our smartphone with us at the time. In such emergencies, an Apple Watch can literally be a life safer as in John Zilles’s case.
The future of the smartphone is as a wearable. Over time, the Apple Watch will get more features so it can replace a smartphone altogether. The only reason not to rely on an Apple Watch all the time is the smaller screen. If you happen to enjoy reading e-books or browsing the Internet in your spare time, you probably appreciate having a larger screen to look at. However for many others who don’t need a larger screen, an Apple Watch with cellular connectivity will likely meet most of their needs in the same way that a smartphone can meet most of people’s needs right now without relying on a PC.
The Apple Watch is the next smartphone because it offers body sensors that no smartphone can duplicate in the same way that a smartphone’s GPS capabilities are something relatively useless in a laptop or a desktop PC. By helping track our health and our location, and Apple Watch offers valuable features. Combine this with the ability to make phone calls and the Apple Watch will be indispensable for some people, a huge convenience for many others, and an unnecessary item for many others.
The Apple Watch is the next iPhone. It’s not there yet, but it’s getting there. One day a wearable computer like the Apple Watch will be more necessary for most people just like a smartphone is for people today. As Apple refines the Apple Watch, the next five years will show you where the future is going and it’s not going to look like another iPhone clone.
The Apple Watch will become Apple’s next great product. Just watch and see.