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Apple iPhone 6, Apple Watch: What's Missing
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User Rank: Ninja
9/9/2014 | 10:24:43 PM
Since the camera has not been upgraded, it would have been nice if dual cameras were installed at the back, this would have created the possibilities for the creation of productive apps. For instance, firms that need to work on indoor designs would find it useful to have the ability to capture 3D environments. The market might not have a demand for such capabilities as yet, but if a firm waits for market demand, then it can't be considered as pushing towards innovation.
User Rank: Ninja
9/9/2014 | 7:02:10 PM
Sapphire screens
The company made no mention of sapphire during its keynote
I thought they did when they unveiled the Apple Watch.
If I'm not mistaken, with the exception of the Sports, the other 2 have a Sapphire Crystal Display.
User Rank: Apprentice
9/9/2014 | 6:48:58 PM
Re: Watch is late, and lamely teathered to the iPhone
I have a Pebble smart watch. It needs an iPhone or other smartphone to fully function otherwise it is a timepiece. I have zero issues with this requirement. I'll ditch my Pebble for Apple's Watch, no problem.
User Rank: Apprentice
9/9/2014 | 6:04:23 PM
Re: Heh

You hit all the points I would have in your response.

Furthermore, regarding cameras, do we really want even bigger files in our text messages and on our phones?  If I want more pixels, I reach for a real camera.  And 4K is laughable for exactly the point you mention--plus, where would you view it?  On a phone? (Pointless). On a big screen TV? (mostly pointless) On a computer display? (with a few exceptions, pointless).  And the to even suggest the lightning connector is inferior to the silly micro USB connector is ridiculous. I wish it were as ubiquitous, that's the only advantage USB has. 

Again, great response.
D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
User Rank: Author
9/9/2014 | 5:39:38 PM
Watch is late, and lamely teathered to the iPhone
I don't want a watch that's dependent upon proximity to a phone. It's $350 to start with (whenever it finally arrives) and you want me to buy a phone on top of that? That Sport Watch is not going to appeal to athletes if they have to tote a phone around with them in order to get accurate mappings and measurements of runs and workouts.

If this new watch can capture heart rates and reasonably accurate mileage readings with the accelerometer alone (which I doubt), then maybe casual athletes will like it. But I can get a decked out Garmin GPS watch for much less than $350. As we learn more about battery life and wireless charging, I'm guessing this will be another thethered-to-my-phone failure. Guess what: my phone tells me what time it is and has a bigger display for maps and apps. What do I gain through the watch?
User Rank: Ninja
9/9/2014 | 5:08:32 PM
Playing catchup.... really? Only if, as one tech journalist put it, you're brining specs to an experience fight. Maybe take a look at some website logs one day. You'll note how Apple pretty much dominates in real-world usage. How about app sales and money in developer pockets. Ditto.

re: screens - just a problem in regard to expectation. The current screens are fine. Sapphire would have just brought more shattering problems.

re: higher res camera - If you've got the best camera, who cares what how many megapixels it has (within reason)?

re: 4k - 4k is for the pro market, not phones... there is little need for 4k at the consumer level. It's kind of just the next 3D TV (yea, THAT was a winner!).

re: standard connector - LOL.... LOL.... LOL! I don't want a normal micro USB. I've got one on my Logitech mouse and HATE it. The lightening connector is so superior, this just brings laughs.

re: removable battery - You just don't get Apple, do you? Why do you need removable battery?

re: security - Hmm, haven't you been following the real tech news? The problem was celebrities, not Apple.

re: radios for Apple watch - OK, I agree on this one. Apple Watch is a niche device. Yep, you need the phone, which makes it an accessory, which makes it rather irrelevant for the majorty. It's going to be a HUGE success within the REALLY SMALL market it will rule.
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