Speaking at the Future Transport Summit in Sydney, Steve Wozniak said that the current crop of wearables — including the Apple Watch — are “not a compelling purchase”. Wozniak criticised all the current crop of smartwatches and said that they lack any serious computing horsepower and rely too much on a smartphone for connectivity.
The Apple co-founder particularly finds the latter frustrating since there have been quite a few occasions when he tried to pay for items using his Apple Watch but could not because he forgot to carry his iPhone with him. Wozniak says the Apple Watch is “an expense that bought me a few extra niceties in my life.”
“It’s more like a Bluetooth connection to my phone,” he said. “We all wore Bluetooth in our ears for about a week,” he added, explaining that Bluetooth ear-pieces made for marginal gains but made wearers look dorky.
Talking specifically about the Apple Watch, Wozniak said that many people believe that putting an Apple logo and name is enough to get people to line up to buy it, but he thinks that the Apple Watch “needs a little more” than what other smartwatches offer to sell in decent numbers.
Wozniak pointed out that before Apple introduced Siri, he was able to use his iPhone 4 to execute voice commands like “Call John”, but after Siri’s introduction, even such a simple command requires access to the network, which means that it fails to work in areas with a spotty data connection.
He also talked about virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, and more during his talk. He also revealed during his talk that he signed up to buy a Tesla 3 the very first day it went on sale, even without reading or hearing anything about it, just because the felt he needed to be a part of the queue.
The Apple Watch has not exactly been a success for Apple, and almost all the criticisms made by Woz make complete sense. However, I do think that smartwatches right now are limited by the technology that is available today, and it will take them a few years to become useful and mainstream like smartphones. What do you think?
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