Linked: “iPhone is vulnerable to a device that Just Works”

via Scripting:

So the iPhone is far more vulnerable than Marco says. Give me a device that’s reasonably nice and Just Works, and I’m outta here.

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PPS: Android really isn’t any better than iPhone. True, there’s no iTunes. To copy stuff on the phone you just drag and drop, in the Finder. Rational. But otherwise it’s a hot mess of changing UI. There are some other nice touches though that indicate it might someday be great, like the way you get news on the devices. But can you find it? It’s a challenge.

I’m a Mac User first and iOS user second. So I ask, can you use Android within Apple’s ecosystem? Can I fully integrate with iCloud, Handoff, 25K iTunes songs, purchased TV shows & Movies from iTunes, backup to iCloud? iCloud Keychain, Safari Bookmarks, control my AppleTV with a remote app? How about pickup playing podcasts in iTunes I listened to on my iPhone? What about iBooks purchases or transferring Apple Health data or using my Apple Watch w/ Android?

Not to mention the thousands of dollars I’d lose in apps by switching platforms. 

If Android doesn’t fully integrate into my Apple Ecosystem, I have no reason to ever switch no matter how much people perceive Apple has lagged behind. I’m Apple’s best customer and if Artificial Intelligence & Virtual Reality is where they lag behind, I’m totally fine with that. Those are two things I have zero interest in.

Linked: “Your Move, Apple”

via Gizmodo:

It feels like it’s 2001. Tons of companies had released tons of MP3 players, and they all sucked. The iPod was just months away.

But it’s 2016, and instead we’re drowning in smarthome gadgets, most recently the voice-powered Amazon Echo and whatever Google Home is.

Soon, Apple will change the game and release something perfect, a killer app that will finally make smarthomes work. That’s going to happen, right?

I honestly have no clue, but I can’t wait to find out. In fact, I’m getting impatient.

Sounds awesome but let’s not forget why you have to keep some perspective when considering how great Apple-Fanboys will have it with a fully Apple-Connected home.

It’s the personal opinion of this lowly blogger that if you’re waiting for Apple to sweep the floor with home automation’s current landscape, you may be waiting a while. Look at Siri. Why is it losing the AI Space-Race?

As written by Droid-Life (an Android focuses publication) a year ago:

Apple has always been more privacy focused than Google (and even privacy focused as a means to communicate a competitive advantage against the search giants), which is good for consumers, but ultimately bad for them if Google gets there first and is able to convince the vast majority of users that trading their information for features is a fair exchange. Part of me thinks that it is absolutely fair, but the other part of me wants to see Apple meet Google’s challenge and create something that is just as capable of helping me without me having to trust someone to keep my information safe on their servers. We need that kind of assistant so that we can live more present lives that allow us to use technology when it’s appropriate and let it work for us in the background otherwise.

The reason Google’s AI Assistant is so good is because Google knows everything about your life, can share your data with 3rd party apps across multiple devices (even your car) and Apple’s Walled-Garden is amazing. I love it but it has hurt Siri’s capabilities because Siri goes at it blind most of the time. 

A 5-minute read of Apple’s Privacy page is great at letting the user know that Apple collects things you specifically allow it to grant and it keeps these safe in encrypted secure silos not available to any 3rd parties, once again, unless you give explicit permission to Apple to share this. If you’re tired of granting apps access to your Camera Roll, it’s because Apple wants the user to have the right to protect their data at all costs.

This section on HomeKit is telling:

Apple does not know what devices you’re controlling, or how and when you’re using them. Siri only associates your HomeKit devices with your anonymous Siri identifier, not you personally. Apps supported by HomeKit are restricted by our developer guidelines to using data solely for home configuration or automation services. Data related to your home is stored encrypted in the keychain of your device. It’s also encrypted in transit between your Apple device and those you’re controlling. And when you control your accessories from a remote location, that data is also encrypted when it’s sent. So HomeKit doesn’t know which devices you’re controlling or how you’re using them.

In addition, when apps perform automatic actions based on your location, such as turning on house lights, these actions are initiated by HomeKit, which makes your location invisible to the app. You can also disable use of your location at any time.

I think most home automation products today are weak offerings. Piecing everything together to have a connected home is difficult even if you can print your own money and spend $400 on lightbulbs. I hope Apple makes 1st party products so they can make our homes connected w/o breaking any of their privacy restrictions that keep us safe from 3rd parties knowing too much about us. On the same token, again using Siri as an example, Apple even keeps our data safe from themselves encrypting our commands, messages, activities and data.

Can an Apple Powered Connected Home work? 

I want it to work but as long as Apple maintains their commitment to user privacy, it may be an offering that doesn’t compete with the same kind of products co-branded by Google where everything about you is shared with everyone and they use this to make products that are really impressive and cheap since your data sold to the highest bidder subsidizes more R&D to make even more products that take advantage of your data.

At the end of the day, I don’t mind turning on my light-bulbs with a switch if it means my coming and goings are kept private to everyone but me and my girlfriend. 

Motorrad: BMW R1200 GS Adventure – 1,500 Miles Review

BMW R1200 GS A Trail-Riding

I’ve been a motorcycle rider for the last 4 weeks. It was 6 weeks ago that I passed my MSF Basic Riders Course and 4 days since I passed the MSF Advanced Riders Course. In the last 4 weeks of riding, I’ve passed 1500 miles on my bike. That’s an average of 18K miles a year if I could ride year-round. The reality is, in New Hampshire, riding a motorcycle is a May-September activity.

One thing I’ve noticed since taking up biking as a hobby is the overall difference in being on roads. Drivers don’t really care you’re there if they even notice you at all. It helps that on the bike, I’m taller than most cars on the road. It doesn’t mean I am considered any more when people want to pass or get over or pull out in front of me. I’ve been nearly-hit about 5 times in 4 weeks which is about how often I’m nearly-hit in a year in my Golf R. It’s a very tough thing to deal with. At the end of the day, cars are bigger than my bike, I don’t provoke anyone and I drive way less aggressive in the bike than I do my car and hope others see me but if not, I have to remain alert. There’s no area for distraction while operating this bike.

Bikers are mostly nice. A lot of them wave. Most guys on Harley Davidson bikes do not. I honestly don’t know why but they don’t both to look over or wave. I guess that brand is doing fine but I’ve tried to wrap my head around the Harley thing. I don’t want a big bike that’s flashy so they weren’t for me as a bike itself. I certainly looked at them where I didn’t spend any time looking at super sport bikes because I have to haul things. I can’t load up a case of beer on an R6. Either way, Harley riders don’t wear proper riding gear, don’t even wear a full helmet or any helmet and never wave or acknowledge you. They just pretend that they’re super awesome and I really don’t understand it. Then again, most of them own trucks and I don’t see any need for that either. My Golf can haul beer and tools. I don’t need an 8’ pickup truck.

The bike, while used and built 6+ years ago has been really amazing to ride. Taking the training courses has obviously helped. When I bought it, the stock tires were nearly gone (2/32 tread) so I replaced them with Conti Trail Attack 2 tires. These were far too road-centric and not really suitable for the trail at all. This was my mistake. I’ll do better with next year’s tires but I’m stuck with these since they were $350 for the set. While these are great on road and in wet, on gravel, dirt and mud, they’re pretty much useless. The brakes were good, maintenance was current (as it could be for a bike with only 7K miles). I’ve been really impressed with the overall handling.

BMW R1200 GS A Trail-Riding

First, the features that set this bike apart from others:

  • The bike is very tall, normal for a dual-sport / Enduro bike / Adventure bike but it’s much taller than almost every single bike on the road. If you’re not 6’2” w/ at least a 32” inseam, you’re going to have issues putting your feet down at stop-lights.
  • The hand-grips are heated. There are 2 intensities of heat. It’s awesome.
  • The luggage racks are made by Touratech. They’re an optional add-on. They’re waterproof and easily removable. They’re really awesome! Guys have dropped these bikes going pretty fast and the boxes stay intact. I would never run plastic luggage on this bike. Metal or nothing.
  • The headlight is weak. It’s a 2009 bike so no HID / LED. I need to do something about that.
  • The tail light is LED and looks great. Very bright and noticeable.
  • You can ride completely full-time standing on the pegs. The bike is designed for it. In fact, the bike is more stable as the center of gravity is lowered by 2.5 feet at least by putting all of your weight on the pegs. Any time I see a bump in the road, I default to peg standing. It’s just easier and gives my back a break for a few seconds.
  • The seat is uncomfortable but I switched to an aftermarket Sargent seat and all is right in the world.
  • The bike is not fast. My Golf R is faster without a doubt
  • The bike is not loud
  • The hand – guards are great at keeping wind down
  • The wind screen would be perfect if I was 2” shorter. But luckily, touring wind screens are available or I can buy an $80 extension to mine to make highway rides more comfortable.
  • The bike is insanely good on gas. 44 MPG is my average
  • The fuel tank is 9.5 gallons. No joke. 450 mile range is not only standard, it’s the norm in normal daily non-loaded up riding
  • The Crash bars have come in handy a few times
  • The computer is awesome. Tells you everything wrong with the bike
  • There are three different tiers of bars from handle to wind-screen so I have a RAM Mount for my iPhone, TomTom Bandit, TomTom Rider 400 and a USB Charging station with room for 1-2 more accessories without getting in the way of my field of view
  • I think the bike hauls 600 pounds or 350 when you take me out of the occasion. Plenty of storage for long drives.
  • It has 3 different suspension modes, Sport, Comfort and Normal
  • The bike has ABS and Traction Control (that’s fully disabled if you want to do that)
  • It’s air/oil cooled instead of water cooled which is seen as a rare-ness these days with european bikes
  • The Adventure has spoked wheels which are far better for off-roading as they can take a beating over standard aluminum bikes

If you’re not sold yet on this bike, I can’t help you or this sort of bike isn’t really for you. It is for me because if I go to see friends, I’m going to be on dirt roads and if I’m going to buy beer at breweries, I’m 60 miles on the highway at 75 MPH so the big 1200 holds its own on dirt, frost heave roads and highway w/o feeling too big or too small.

My only complaint is easily remedied. The fairings while only 1-2 years of riding are now getting old so I’ve started looking into replacing all of the plastic on the bike which will cost $400 but I’ll get a perfectly sealed body again. The bike fairings are not in a great shape. That’s really the only downside I’ve found to this bike.

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BMW R1200 GS Adventure in its Natural Habitat

In the 1500 miles, I’ve had a blast. We’ve ridden all over New Hampshire and Vermont together so far. The plans long term is that I commute to and from work on days it doesn’t rain, I go to breweries solo until next year when Heather can join me, I take the GSA to bike events day or overnighters and I take the bike on two road trips. The first, to Michigan for a RateBeer event and possibly into Canada for a few days before coming home. The second, down to Florida in November to store the bike with my Dad until next year when it’s safe and warm enough to ride again. Storing the bike in Florida will be better for the bike but also give me an excuse to go down and see family and start the year off right with a few days in the Smokey mountains as I make my way back to New Hampshire.

BMW R1200 GS A Trail-Riding

As for improvements, I have a few things on my list to buy.

  • LED Headlights
  • Auxiliary LED Lamps below main body
  • Touring Windscreen
  • Better Off-Road knobby tires w/ wheels for when I do mountain rally events next year.
  • New Fairings in Red versus Carbon I have today
  • New Brakes (next year)
  • Wider pegs for highway rides or front pegs (Harley style)
  • Custom license plate (approved, I get that any day now)
  • Another set of riding gear for warmer weather (maybe next year)
  • More training (off-road focused training)
  • New Battery (this one is getting a little long in the tooth and isn’t happy with all of the devices I have plugged in)

That’s all for now. I love the bike. Thank Matt who sold me the bike and I’m so glad he and I made this deal work. It’s been a great new hobby that I’m really loving.

BMW R1200 GS A Trail-Riding

…on the death of iTunes & Local Media

iTunes Match Loses Ad-Free & unlimited Skip Apple Radio

I keep hearing these rumors that the end is nigh for music stored locally at least from a huge goliath like Apple. Even if it’s not true, it had me thinking. Let’s look at the music landscape. If I search Amazon for Coldplay’s latest album, I’m given the first option for Streaming which appears is free with my Prime membership (I had no idea). Second choice is an MP3 download for $9.99, CD for $10.79 and Vinyl for $30.02. A quick digression, I use Amazon Prime for 2-day shipping because I order things like paper towels on Amazon since I live 45 minutes from the nearest Wal*Mart or grocery store. The fact that I don’t use the other Prime features most likely has to do with the fact I’m an Apple ecosystem user. There is no Prime application for Mac or AppleTV. Also, I don’t want to rent music, especially if I can’t save it locally to my iOS device and tell Siri to play the music. Prime is a 3rd party feature. I need off-line storage, Siri / Search integration and be able to put streamed music side-by-side with music I own locally. Same with other Prime Content. No thanks.

Back to the point of this post, it seems inevitable that the places that sell the most music will eventually stop selling music. Switching to a streaming platform completely makes so much sense.

  1. The cost to transfer a song millions of time is far cheaper than it was to transfer 1 MP3/AAC as a download 10 years ago.
  2. Streaming is not owning, it’s renting music which means a recurring revenue and big record labels with thousands of signed artists love recurring revenue instead of a single sale
  3. The big artists that make 90% of profits love streaming as well. Drake’s new album was streamed 250 million times its first week. That’s equivalent to 1 million albums sold in revenues
  4. Streaming is possible with more wide-spread 4G/LTE services and at home broadband
  5. Streaming is usually lower quality than listening to a CD but since most people use crappy earphones on their mobile phone, there’s no way to tell a difference
  6. Most consumers don’t listen to an album hundreds of times. One NPR music journalist on “All songs considered” remarked that 40 years ago, 300 records a year would come out. Now, a thousand records a week drop and every week has 2-3 big-name artists releasing new music.
  7. Despite hard drive sizes growing, where we store content (phones, tablets, laptops) have seen a move to Flash NAND / SSD storage where the ceiling is been stuck for a long time. If you buy a normal computer / phone, you’re getting 128GB of SSD or 16GB of storage. While we had a 250GB iPod in 2008, the best iPod touch / iPhone that costs $800 only holds 128GB of data and that includes OS, apps and photos. The available music storage is less than we had 8 years ago with a physical hard drive iPod

That last point is upsetting but consumers en masse didn’t really push the envelope. Hard drive sizes grew quickly in the days where people would store all of their content on the hard drives. Once wireless broadband got good enough, people switched to Spotify, YouTube, Netflix, DropBox in droves and never looked back. My LightRoom, iTunes, Final Cut Pro and backups run completely against this trend. I think I have 16 terabytes of hard drives all full and I’m planning on buying 24 terabytes of storage this year since I’m physically out of storage space on my home server.

So, aren’t I the best candidate for a switch to streaming?

Well, not really. I still download YouTube videos and watch them locally so I don’t get Annotations, ads, overlays and I like full screen QuickTime Player over SWF/HTML5 playback. It’s smoother and doesn’t drop frames and 4K plays way smoother.

I should get back on topic.

The writing is on the wall for death of music downloads from iTunes. Amazon will hold – off for a while but they will too delete the feature. The local record stores have benefited from a resurgence of vinyl that carry a premium price but if you have a local record store, it won’t be here in 10 years. Independent artists will still sell CDs and MP3 downloads through their custom web-stores but Apple, Amazon, Sony, they have no benefit to selling CDs or digital content. Apple would prefer you pay $10 a month and stream all you want than deal with you re-downloading the purchased to 5 different devices and playing it locally. When digital albums cost $10-$17, why would anyone buy when they can just stream?

Well, that’s the million dollar question.

I think there’s enough of a reason to stop selling new albums but if Apple kills locally stored music in favor of streaming only, hmmm. What if they said that everything I bought from them could stream to any device connected to the cloud and if I join Apple Music, I’d have access to everything else?

Technology: One Year with Apple Watch


Apple Watch Unboxing 2015 Space Black 42MM with Space Black Link

I’ve been an Apple Watch Owner for an entire year. I’ve never worn a single thing that long aside from my eye-glasses that I generally replace every 3 years whether they need it or not. My keys, wallet, phone are out of my pockets while driving or sitting at my desk and when I get home, my iPhone gets docked beside my iMac and I don’t touch it again until I set an alarm for it before bed. I’d prefer to set the alarm on my Apple Watch instead but it’s necessary that I charge it at night. That’s the only limiting factor to not wearing my Apple Watch 24/7.

…and I bet Apple wants me wearing it 24/7. The amount of motion and health (biometrics) data they can collect from me by wearing the watch constantly would be vast. They’d calculate sleeping patterns, heart-rate, location and how often I get up to use the bathroom or let the dog out. If Apple could build solar charging or motion charging (similar to how hybrids charge while the car comes to a rolling stop), this watch would be worn full-time. Further, if Apple could make the watch work fully over WiFi w/o the iPhone in my pocket and if apps actually worked, I’d never need my iPhone except for typing out long messages which I rarely do since I’m always 20 feet from a computer.

I’m getting ahead of myself though. Let’s talk about Apple Watch, one year in.

It’s important that I preface that I’m not your typical reviewer. The first thing is, I unconditionally love Apple’s Products. I have for many years. Since my Mac LC III and hand-me down PowerBook, I would call quarterly investors meetings in 1999 to hear Steve Jobs answer questions and even though I was only 13, I loved Apple. That feeling has not changed although I am a bit more mellow about my love for Apple. I still camp in front of Apple Stores for yearly iPhone launches despite the act being completely unnecessary. The second thing I should mention is I’m not your typical reviewer in that I actually have a real job, real hobbies and I do more than sit on my computer all day tweeting and blogging. The majority of Apple-Bloggers who proclaimed they stopped wearing the Apple Watch are guys who sit at a desk all day with an iMac, iPad, iPhone and don’t go to physical meetings or go out for lunch or buy groceries on their way home from the office or sit in meetings where staring at your phone is not cool but glancing at the watches fully accepted. These are not people who drive 20,000 miles a year and using the watch to keep up to date w/ things while not being distracted is a godsend. I think I’m the perfect use case for the Apple Watch outside of its health tracking features because honestly, since buying Apple Watch, I haven’t set foot on a treadmill or walking-path.

Apple Watch Unboxing 2015 Space Black 42MM with Space Black Link

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Yesterday, I put the Apple Watch on at 6AM. I took it off at 11PM. It was at 25% Battery. This is the norm. I’ve never seen the watch in the teens except maybe one case where I didn’t take it off to charge when I laid down to sleep. The battery life for AM to PM wear is great. AM to next AM, nah. By the time 8AM the next morning rolls around, the watch will have about 5% battery left and soon shut down. I bring my charger with me and plug the watch in on my 26 mile commute to work and it’s at 50% by the time I get to the office and will last until at least dinner-time. You can sleep with the watch if you turn on Airplane mode as I did for a while with the Sleep++ app. I’d use it all day normally, go in airplane mode for 1 hour while laying down to read, put it on in airplane mode and fire up Sleep++ then wake up, charge for an hour and take it out of airplane mode and it’d be at around 80% charged for my day at work. I got tired of the activity and now charge it at night but it is possible to wear it full time if you work at it. Tracking my sleep patterns just wasn’t that important for how much work I had to put into it.

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I have gone swimming in lakes, braved rain storms, showered with and washed dishes with Apple Watch. I have never removed the watch due to the elements. I wash my car with it, it’s always on me and I’ve never had any issue. For almost all purposes, I consider this watch to be waterproof. I won’t go diving with it but it can brave the daily elements.

I’m also not very careful with the watch. I bang it into a door, wall, desk, drawer every single day. It hangs on my motorcycle gloves and siri activates almost every morning. I’m incredibly abusive to the watch and bands. While there are surface scratches on the Space Black finish, the watch has held up incredibly well.

The Milanese Loop is uncomfortable and it’s why I haven’t upgraded to the Space Black version yet. While it would look beautiful on my watch, I find the Milanese loop starts comfortable and when I bend my wrist, it comes loose, to make it fit snug, I have to go ultra tight and then the bones in my wrist have these loop imprints on them an hour after removing the watch. It’s light which is nice but I wouldn’t recommend it especially at $149

I have a Black and Red sport band. These are great. High-quality, great if you’re going to have an active weekend. When i go on a trip, I pack one of these with me. They are light, flexible, breathable (in that they don’t snug your wrist too much) and the feel is soft without pulling out your hairs.

The included Stainless Steel link bracelet. I love it. It’s my 90% band. It doesn’t yank out hair, it’s heavy and feels really expensive. The clasp mechanism is genius, it’s just gorgeous in how each link is curved and easily adjustable without visiting a jeweler. I love the link bracelet a LOT. As I show in photos though, you’ll see how the black finish is wearing off on the edges of the links. I wish there was a way to stop this from happening without babying the watch which I promised myself I’d never do.

There are other bands I’d like to own but at this point, I’m fully covered. The black link bracelet is the “hey guys, I have the expensive one” bracelet, the sport is comfortable and useful and the milanese, despite its fitment and comfort issues is very light weight while still being steel so it has a “out for drinks” use for me which means I use it once a month.

Apple Watch Unboxing 2015 Space Black 42MM with Space Black Link

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For daily wear and as a new product, two things are really interesting. Despite the heavy weight of the steel watch and steel band, I don’t notice it anymore. It sits on my wrist basically undetected. I wear it on my left hand, control my mouse with the right and while I am left handed, I touch a pen perhaps once a month at most and that’s just to sign my checks at restaurants. So with that, it never intrudes on anything. Maybe the only time I take it off is working on my car’s engine and it’s not to keep the Apple Watch looking good, it’s to make it easier to get into those hard to reach places with a screw driver where the Apple Watch’s height may get in the way.

Close acquaintances / co-workers will perhaps once remark on the watch and ask me what I think. After the initial launch, no-one even notices it except women. But I’ve read that women notice watches where men do not. I find women staring at it but I think that’s any watch. I don’t think that has anything to do with it being an Apple Watch and more that it’s solid black jewelry that stands out on my arm. It’s one of the reasons I don’t like wearing the black or red sport bands because the make the watch look like any commodity Wal*Mart watch or cheap FitBit knock off. Rubber red bands just don’t appeal to me unless I’m out camping and function is better than form.

Apple Watch Space Black + Milanese Loop

I’ve said this before but as a new product category, this is the first time I’ve experienced not being noticed with Apple Watch and I’m actually very much okay with it because outside of the features I outline in this piece, the watch is only valuable with certain activities andI don’t think the money I paid for this watch has been justified outside of the core features that even the $300 model can do. People still talk to me in Cafes and ask about my Retina MacBook Pro or iPad Air 2. I get emails from people asking me about the Core i7 iMac over Core i5 and is the BTO option “worth it”? but the Apple Watch hasn’t had that issue once the initial hype wore down.

I spent $1099 on the Space Black Apple Watch and aside from the materials and color, it’s identical in every way to a watch that costs $299. The additional $800 gets me a color and steel. While I love my watch an I’m one of the elite who chose to get the top-end of a first gen product (top-end compared to solid gold), I wouldn’t recommend this model to others unless they, like me, like rare-ness. I’m the kind of guy that would buy the carbon ceramic breaks and aero kit on my Porsche and essentially double the car’s price-tag. Most people get the next level up from base and call it a day. For people like me, the Space Black has been awesome.

Overall, the one benefit I can explain without feeling like a jerk is that Space Black Stainless Steel uses a process where black carbon is bonded to the steel to make the watch more scratch proof. While mine has some surface scratches, compared to a standard shiny, mirror-finished stainless steel Apple Watch, the finish has held up surprisingly well. The Sapphire screen is supposedly more scratch proof compared to the Ion-X glass in the Sport model but it is more shatter-likely than the glass version of the screen and I can attest that there are very few scratches on the screen except in certain light.

Every watch will do the same tasks with the same storage and battery life. Spend what you want but realize you’re paying for materials after $299. I do stand by the fact that there is value specifically in the Space Black Stainless Steel over any other model. Is that value $1099? That’s only up to the consumer.

Apple Watch Unboxing 2015 Space Black 42MM with Space Black Link

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Then again, most of this rabble rabble is moot because if a new Apple Watch comes out, we start over again but I think it’s all worth stating.

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1800 words in and we’re finally talking about the software.It took a while but I did have a lot to say about ownership of the watch in general. Thanks for your patience.

The Apple Watch is really good at these things:

  • Time Keeping
  • Notifications
  • Health (Filling up those rings)
  • Calendar (made WAY better by time-travel on the main watch face)
  • ApplePay
  • Glancing quickly at Weather / Date
  • Getting Maps Directions without looking at my phone (a feature that was made moot once I bought a car in August of 2015 that had Apple CarPlay)

The Apple Watch is really bad at nearly everything else and one area it’s just awful at (and likely no fault of Apple’s) is the 3rd party applications. I made this quick video to show exactly what I mean.

 

For the core features I listed, the Apple Watch is great and these features is all I use it for. Other than setting a timer, I never click the digital crown and select an application. I NEVER do this.

Siri, I don’t use it either. When I’m at home, it’s faster to talk over to my iMac and type something out or do a search or even type in a URL in Safari and then open it on my iPad via iCloud tabs (Have I mentioned how much I hate software keyboards?). While on the go, I never have LTE anyway so Siri doesn’t work for me. So, even though I haven’t started using Siri on my other devices, I haven’t for sure started using it on Apple Watch.

As for storing photos or music on the Apple Watch, I just got my first BlueTooth headphones and they’re in my Motorcycle Helmet so I use my iPhone mounted on my handlebars to play music & podcasts and I control the music with a handle-bar remote since controlling an iPhone or Watch w/ gloves is impossible. If Apple added Bluetooth to the iPod Classic, I’d be in heaven. Play / Pause with physical buttons ?!?!?!? sign me up.

Overall, the Apple watch is great at the automatic things updated on the main screen and it’s great at notifying me things when my iPhone is less than 100 feet away. It’s not very good at anything else and that’s really just Apps. I think though that the next watch, phone and iOS/WatchOS update will fix most of these issues. I hope so because

Apple Watch Unboxing 2015 Space Black 42MM with Space Black Link

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I don’t plan on buying Apple Watch 2. I might buy 3 but not 2. The reason is this was an $1100 watch. it’s a quantifiable percentage of my annual salary and once you add up an iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch every year and a MacBook / iMac every 2 years (on an annual rotation) you’re looking as an actual percentage of my salary that is pretty measurable like 2 weeks in Europe measurable and these days I enjoy traveling a lot more than technology purchases followed by a weekend of setting up the new device.

So, I really hope with iPhone 7, iOS 10, Watch OS 2.5/3 that the apps finally start working like really working and maybe the Watch is dead by 10PM instead of 6AM the next day but it works with any app over WiFi instead of the iPhone being required. It might get me to use Siri more. I hope this August the Watch starts working the way it should have from the start. If Software can’t fix it, I’m not going to upgrade just for the S2 chip. Maybe the S3 but I’ve already spend my 5 years of watch budgets on this first watch. It does enough that I wear it every day and love wearing it but not enough that I think I can justify spending another grand for everything it does today…just faster.

I say this about all wearables though because if you look at what Microsoft is doing, Apple is still winning this game:

Microsoft Band 2

Microsoft Band 2