Ed Dentel recently got the latest Apple Watch and decided to play around with its electrocardiogram app. Strangely, the app warned him of atrial fibrillation. Since Ed exercises regularly and had no history of heart problems, he assumed the app was wrong and ignored its warning.
Each time Ed tried the apple Watch, it warned him of atrial fibrillation until he finally started to get worried and went to see a doctor. That’s when he learned that his Apple Watch was right and by seeking medical attention, he might have just saved his life.
No technology is useful unless it solves a problem. Cars solve the problem of transportation, telephones solve the problem of communication, and television solves the problem of viewing information over long distances.
So when people first criticized the Apple Watch, they couldn’t figure out why they might want or need one. Over time, the purpose of the Apple Watch has been made strikingly clear. Wearable computers like the Apple Watch exist to solve the problem of real-time health monitoring.
In the old days, the only way doctors could get medical information form a patient was for the patient to appear in the office and connect them to machines to measure their body functions. With wearable computers like the Apple Watch, individuals clan constantly monitor their health symptoms everyday far easier and more conveniently than going to a doctor’s office. The Apple Watch is for everyone interested in health and that includes everyone.
If you aren’t interested in your own health, feel free to ignore the benefits of technology like wearable computers. For the rest of us, the Apple Watch will only get more sophisticated, accurate, and convenient. Pretty soon anyone not wearing a computer like an Apple Watch will be seen in the same light as people who still refuse to use a computer or a mobile phone.
Now that the purpose of the Apple Watch is clear, Apple just needs to work on finding crucial uses for their other devices such as the Apple TV or HomePod. HomePod offers hands-free computing, but what is the crucial need for that? Apple TV offers the convenience of cutting the cord to cable subscriptions, but that’s not exactly a pressing need for many people when rival products do the exact same thing.
The Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad sell so well because they have a clear purpose. HomePod and Apple TV do not sell as well because their purpose is not as crystal clear. When Apple can figure out the purpose of hands-free computing (HomePod) or the Apple TV, then they’ll have another hit on their hands just like the Apple Watch.