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nomii
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4/27/2015 | 6:14:21 AM
Re: iwatch has many surprises
This is a very interesting point you have raised mejica, if I am going to spend 10k on a conventional watch, I know its resale would remain pretty much consistent as compared to an electronic gadget. Secondly a new model of a conventional watch doesn't affect the old one but we can expect what will happen to the 10k watch only year after when a new model will be in the market.
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4/26/2015 | 7:16:48 PM
Re: iwatch has many surprises
@Mejiac. Agreed. That is a hefty price tag. It should have a lifetime warranty, or it should be ablento be fixed at the very lease. I wonder when and if the $10k price tag will decrease. I am very curious tonhear about customer satisfaction, or lack thereof.
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4/26/2015 | 7:14:01 PM
Re: iwatch has many surprises
The fact that it is nearly impossible to fix is definitely a con. In wonder how long these watches will last, before it is necessary to have it replaced.
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4/26/2015 | 8:24:18 AM
Re: iwatch has many surprises
@SunitaT0,

Agreed, with a 10K price tag, you would expect more of a type of investment than a consumer product. A wearable in that price range should be in the same market segment as those types of watches that can last a lifetime.
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4/25/2015 | 10:51:01 PM
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I hear you, Bill. Apple's m.o. with other devices has been to create stuff designed not to last --- either by physically not being able to live up to the rigors of real life or by being eclipsed by the coolness of the next model --- but this takes that strategy to an extreme. Durability and craftmanship ... two things it appears digital will never best analog on.
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4/25/2015 | 10:32:24 PM
Big Hit
I posted earlier about not seeing the purpose of a postage stamp size screen to check if my flights are on time, when I would have my phone with me anyways.

"A battery that struggles to last the day"????

Now I know I wouldn't take one if someone gave it to me.  or, maybe I would & sell on ebay.  These watches, including the android watches are sounding more worthless every day.
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4/25/2015 | 8:16:13 PM
Re: iwatch has many surprises
@OedroGonzales
I agree. I know some people who made their livings repairing iPhones. They make very convincing arguements that Apple wants to drive them out of business, forcing consumers to rely on the company that sells them the devices to repair them when they need servicing. But, a five-figure consumer device that can't be repaired? It'll be intersting to see what kind of repair services Apple will (or won't!) offer.
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4/25/2015 | 3:40:23 PM
Re: No Repair, Just Replace the entire Watch?
@Jastroff: I was pretty hopeful when Apple released it, and gave us a feedback of what the apps can be on this device but then with this news I remain heartbroken because I know this "useful" device has been converted to a useless device with 4 month replacable time.
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4/25/2015 | 3:37:40 PM
Re: iwatch has many surprises
@Mejiac: Apple products are updated every 6 months. You are right maybe we'll have iWatch S versions available then, with probably "extended 6 month warranty". They should atleast make the 10,000 dollar luxury version more powerful. 
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4/25/2015 | 3:06:42 PM
No Repair, Just Replace the entire Watch?
Eric -

Interesting article -- thanks

>> Beyond the battery, not much else can be replaced.

So nothing can be repaired or parts replaced by trained technicians, except the battery? If so, when it malfunctions, what does one do with it? Send it back? Or throw it out?

If it really can't be replaced or fixed  then it's a pretty expensive tool to have in the toolkit for enterprises.

>> heart rate monitor is actually a plethysmograph that looks and acts like a pulse oximeter, but Apple isn't claiming it can measure your blood oxygen level.

That's because it's not a certified medical device – which are usually manufactured to a certain standard. The Watch may be so, or not, but it's not certified for accurate medical diagnoses
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