What is it about macworld.co.uk?
They seem to need to point out all the issues with the apple watch including reports of only 3 hours of on screen time telling and painfully slow charging and then suggest its acceptable. They write about how they think it may be a flop that will change the world.
Let's call a spade a spade, the apple watch won't replace a watch for the purposes of telling time in real life. I get on a plane or go out for the night, the apple watch isn't coming because in its current form it fails as a useful life tool.
Here's a what's wrong with the apple watch:
- The architecture is borderline stupid
- I don't know who thought not having a ninja core was smart
- Running the S1 is a battery draining configuration with little thought to power saving whilst being used for its intended purposes.
- You can't replace a watch if you can't tell time.
- It would have been very easy to have a separate watch IC and low power negative LCD screen on-top of the black screen
- It would allow you to tell time for more than a few hours and save the battery for high compute tasks
- It would also make the black screen look less stupid.
- The screen apparently takes a lot of battery
- but why?
- its just 17% more resolution than the LG G watch, but only has 1/10 of the battery life.
- Apparently Apple thinks people want to wear blank screens
- Personally I think wearables are meant to be worn, not having the screen on all the time will look, black, and not Rolex Submariner black, iphone screen off black...
- Is this what the fuck apple thinks "form" is?
- Go back and study tiffany's more.
- Apple attempted to innovate and failed
- Many of the top design features of the watch will not even make it to market in the stock skihill form
- They focused on things that weren't needed and then failed to implement them
- You're paying for failed R&D
- Apple failed to innovate where it mattered
- Instead of featuring a new way to combat the battery life issue they sucked when they had to innovate
- The battery life makes it unreliable as a tool
- Who in their right mind would leave their keys at home if their apple watch may not unlock their hotel rooms or etc because it is dead.
- e.g. you still need to carry cash or credit cards, and can't just use apple pay via apple watch
- If you can't rely on the apple watch it isn't indispensable is it?
- Ninja Core
- The S1 doesn't do a good job at offering low power performance a second fail safe timing system could or should have been employed.
- People may need to tell the time for more than 3 hours.
- People may have wanted to wear their apple watch for a day and night on the town.
- The structure is basically not designed in an innovative way, i.e. splitting out the low power task to low power components.
- Ninja Screen
- A second low power screen could have been layered on top of the "incredible apple watch display" used for time telling.
- seriously it isn't difficult to layer a simple negative LCD on top of the full color screen, you'd have let people tell time for months at a time, versus hours.
- A fully discrete time telling system, which would run the low power applications that a watch needs, telling time!
- Again I would have argued for a separate time telling system with dedicate IC, power and screen.
- keeping the watch separate would have enabled sufficient battery life.
- Hybrid Power
- The battery life is unacceptable, heck I'd argue 2 weeks is likely unacceptably low. but combined with proprietary slow charging and a 3-4 hour screen time low compute is stupid and needed to be addressed.
- Apple should have used caps for quick charges
- Apple should have used a separate battery for timing
- Apple should have introduced an interesting way to recharge
- Rolex and Seiko recharges based on movement
- Citizen and Casio recharges on sunlight
- Apple should have recharged using mid-range wireless charging.
- Either way a 3-4 hour battery life is significantly less than their competitors, not to mention actual watches.
- Should be water proof
- Rolex figured it out quickly watches need to be perpetual and they need to be waterproof.
- I just don't see how living with this watch makes sense. It won't replace a watch or a set of keys.