What it is: Apple introduced an LTE connected Apple Watch that can make calls independent of an iPhone.
Within our lifetime, we’ve gone from landline telephones to mobile phones. Many people still don’t have a mobile phone because they rely on a landline, but many others are dumping their landlines and switching entirely to mobile phones. In the old days, a home would only have a single telephone number with multiple telephones scattered around the house. Nowadays, each person has their own mobile phone so landlines are obsolete.
Mobile phones made landlines obsolete, but to think that mobile phones will be around forever is delusional. In the old days, people could only imagine making a telephone call from a landline. today, people can only imagine making a call from a mobile phone. Tomorrow, people may not carry around a mobile phone at all.
The drawback of a landline was that it was fixed in one place. If you weren’t near the telephone when it rang, you missed a call. Answering machines helped solve this problem, but you still could only make a phone call if you were physically near a landline phone.
Nowadays, you can take your mobile phone everywhere you go. The problem is that people lose their mobile phones on a regular basis. People leave them behind at airport security checkpoints, in taxis, on buses, or even at home. A mobile phone is only useful when you have it.
That’s why a wearable mobile phone, in the form of an Apple Watch, can be useful. Not everyone will want or need a wearable phone, but one huge convenience is that it’s always with you as long as you remember to strap it to your wrist. For senior citizens, that means they’ll always have a phone with them at all times, which won’t always happen if they forget to carry their mobile phone with them.
In many ways, a wearable phone is preferable to a mobile phone for senior citizens since many dislike all the features a smartphone typically offers such as web browsing, text messaging, and calendar scheduling. Senior citizens prefer simplicity and there’s nothing simpler than a wearable phone that can make phone calls simply by commanding it to do so with your voice.
For many people, an Apple Watch tethered to an iPhone is fine. For others, an Apple Watch that’s independent of an iPhone is much better. You can choose one or the other, just as you can still choose between an iPhone or an iPod touch that does almost everything an iPhone can do except make phone calls.
In the future, most Apple Watches will let you make phone calls. When that happens, the smartphone will be too small to do work on so tablets will likely make a comeback and start selling more units than smartphones. Whatever happens in the future, it’s likely the smartphone won’t reign forever.