Why is Apple's iWatch guaranteed to succeed? One of the reasons can be found in Apple's recent hires. The nature of those people's professional expertise suggests that the iWatch will be orthogonal to every day technical thinking.
Apple, in my opinion, is looking at 1) previously unexplored utility in wearables 2) health monitoring that makes sense and 3) fashion. The elegant combination of these elements will set the iWatch apart from geeky smartwatches that can tell us the atmospheric pressure in millbars in Hong Kong.
In other words, I expect the iWatch to be a full spectrum device that does truly human, useful things and is a joy to wear and look at. There's an unexplored market for that, and it'll leave the competition gasping. Much of that will be due to the fact that Apple is using first class materials and hiring people who are experts at defining how a product is presented to the customers via marketing that creates demand.
Where else can you buy a product like that? You can go into Best Buy and see all kinds of gadgets. Cameras. Routers. Disk drives. Printers. But taken in isolation, each only does one thing, and often they are a nuisance to configure, connect and keep running. They just sit there until they're asked to do a specific, dumb task.
The original iPod wasn't a spectacular piece of hardware, but it was beautuful and integrated well into Apple's infrastructure. It's utility was amplified by all that it connected to so that the end result, a thousand songs in our pocket, could be achieved. It resided at the top of a pyramid of infrastructure.
And so what Apple choses to display in that display, covered with sapphire, will be more than just a mishmash of disparate data. It'll be something we come to depend on.
For much, much more on this, I want to direct you to an extensive discussion by Sanjiv Sathiah over at Electronista. When you've finished with "Why the Apple iWatch will succeed (Part 1)," you'll see what I mean.
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