Convincing thousands of people who have never worn watches in their life that Apple Watch was a different case altogether was always going to be a challenge for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). There is a wave of concern which has erupted quickly and seemingly out of nowhere. The Apple Watch is highly reliant on iPhone for function and that is one of its biggest undoings in the eyes of consumers, restricting ownership to those who have the latest versions of the Apple smartphone.
There is no doubt that Apple Watch is a revolutionary product, and, just like the first iPhone, it still has a long way to go as the technology inside it continues to evolve. User experience is too important to wait for an update, however. The wearable industry is a highly competitive space in which a slight delay could lead to the company falling behind.
Apple Watch Concerns
Early Apple Watch adopters are concerned that current apps are not as interesting as they ought to be due to constraints on the user interface. Apps will play an important role if the wearable is to become a mainstream gadget as Apple Inc. had hoped.
It is becoming clear that Apple Watch was not designed for people with fat fingers as many of them have reported struggling to operate it. Many other legitimate concerns have been raised in the months since the release of the Apple Watch.
The device’s user interface remains complex, its auto-screen doesn’t work properly, notifications are annoying, apps are slow and you need two hands to use it. Those problems were all listed by 9to5Mac when the Apple Watch first came out, and today the outlet finds that it agrees that most of those are big problems months after release.
David, an Apple Watch owner that had his wearable delivered this week, told us that “After all the excitement of the buildup before the release and the long wait after I ordered (on the morning of the launch) I was expecting to be blown away by the Watch.”
“Instead,” he continued, “I’m having to spend a lot of time learning how to use it – it’s not as simple to use as other Apple products.”
Long Way to go for Apple Watch
Apple Watch has a long way to go. One of the device’s claims to fame, its beautiful appearance, has made the Apple Watch a fashion statement. The device will soon come with a selection of straps that users can easily change. Personalization will go a long way toward fostering a bond between users and the Watch, but if they hate the interface, they’re simply not going to use it.
Apple Inc. has its work cut out for it going forward. Software developers must find their way around the Watch in order to make it feel useful to users. Improvements on the app front should be in the offing in the months to come, and they’ll be very necessary if Apple wants people to think of the Watch the way they think of their iPhone.