When the PlayStation 4 was announced during E3 2012, for example, one feature allowed the PS Vita le with it to remotely play of your PS4 on the device. Apple seemed to going for a similar deal when it announced that their new Apple Watch, essentially a small iPhone that you can wear on your wrist, would be compatible with the iPhone. It would encourage people to consider buying either product so that they could use it in conjunction with the other.
Except for one small confusing decision. The Apple Watch required a constant connection with an iPhone in order to make use of even some of its most basic features.
With a recent announcement that the Apple Watch is now being developed into a stand-alone device, the only response we can really come up with is this: why didn’t you do that at the start? It makes no sense to for a device like the Apple Watch to be so dependent on another product already so similar. It’d be like releasing a laptop that could not function without constant wireless access to your desktop, or a car that could not function unless you were peddling it with an in-built bike.
The whole point behind the Apple Watch, as near enough as we could tell, was that it provided all the functions of an iPhone within a small, easily portable wristwatch that was less likely to be dropped (and smashed) or lost. While not necessarily a replacement for the iPhone, it allowed you a substitute for whenever the iPhone was — for whatever reason — unavailable. So to design it in such a way that it needed to be in constant contact with the iPhone like a frightened child unable to leave their mother’s skirt seems rather self-defeating.
Not many Android or Blueberry users would be willing to fork out so much money for an Apple Watch if they had to buy an iPhone as well to even get any real use out of it. You’d just stick with your usual model.
Still, better late than never. And while we welcome the (very overdue) movement to make the Apple Watch more independent, we’re also pleased to see that this comes with some slight technical upgrades as well. Increased power and memory space while still letting the Watch drop a couple of strap sizes can only be a good thing.