Newsletter Issue #854: The Living Without an Apple Watch Report

April 11th, 2016

The Apple Watch first began to ship on April 24, 2015. It was launched with lots of fanfare, and its arrival had been predicted for months before the initial demonstration. At first the rumors referred to it as the iWatch, but as Apple moves away from new products with an “i” prefix, the name Apple Watch was inevitable.

As was the case with the iPod, iPhone and iPad, the Apple Watch was far from the first of its kind to market. As usual, however, Apple offered a superior solution, and, within short order, began to dominate a nascent market. Getting a buzz as a piece of jewelry, rather than just another fancy tech toy, put Apple in a different category from the likes of Pebble, Samsung, and all Google Wear gear.

Pebble, at least, managed to carve out a place in the market for itself as a cheaper alternative, but with reports that the company is laying off 25% of its staff due to tight money concerns, its future is less certain. Sure, successful companies have their ups and downs, and perhaps this too shall pass. But it may also be that, regardless of price, the Apple Watch has sucked the air out of the market for most competitors.

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4 Responses to “Newsletter Issue #854: The Living Without an Apple Watch Report”

  1. dfs says:

    Isn’t there a way in which the presence of a comment can be indicated on the first page of one of your multi-page posting were people will be much more likely to see it? I don’t know if you ever visit the Slate site, but they manage to just that so I don’t imagine there’s any insuperable technical problem involved.

    Also a bit problematic is when you have a page with multiple articles and an “X comments” note at the bottom, in such a way that a reader can’t tell which of the articles the comments pertain to.
    Please take this one down too as soon as you’ve read it.


  2. gene says:

    The weekly newsletter is technically on a totally different blog, linked with the main blog. Different WordPress installs, and different databases. But I run a blurb on the main blog to the main article on the newsletter, which is why there might be some confusion with comments, since they are in multiple places. We have to work on that in the next site redesign, one that’ll provide a better experience for people with mobile gear.


  3. Bill Nation says:

    Gene, if I had $12.88 for each time you’ve mentioned your $12.88 watch from Walmart, I would have enough money to buy an Apple Watch!