Who needs Apple Watch? It’s likely that most of us Watch owners do not need Watch, but we want and use Watch for a variety of functions; some important, some trivial. May I suggest that Watch has a number of Holy Grails that Apple is chasing.
First on my list of Holy Grail components is the heart rate monitor. It’s built in to every Watch, and it’s the most accurate heart rate monitor you can find in a smartwatch these days. Apple’s engineers chased a Holy Grail with heart rate monitor and they found it.
Sidebar: if you want to check your heart rate throughout the day, use the Cardiogram Watch App. It’s free. Nothing is better.
Second on my list of Holy Grail components is a blood glucose monitor. The technology may not be there for Watch to monitor glucose but if anyone can do it Apple can. Think of what that means for diabetics and pre-diabetics or anyone concerned about health issues. Apple may sell tens of millions of of Watches each year, but the stock could hit a trillion dollars if this Holy Grail can be found.
Third on my list of Holy Grail components is a blood pressure monitor. This one may show up before a blood glucose monitor but it seems doable with the proper Watch wrist bad. Yes, I’m out on the prognostication limb on this but what a coup that would be, and making it always one with built-in alerts would be icing on a very large cake.
Fourth on my list of such pie-in-the-sky Watch components is a better battery. Watch is pretty good considering all that’s going on inside. Charge it overnight for a full day of use, or, do as I do, charge it daily from about 9:00 AM to Noon and lunch. That’s enough of a charge to last until the next day. So, the Holy Grail here is battery life, either by, 1) improved battery technology, or 2) solar panels on a special Watch band.
Hey, I can dream as well as the next gal.
Watch does not have a killer app. To be fair, we’re long past the killer app days. Our devices– Mac, iPhone, iPad, Watch, Apple TV, HomePod, or their Google, Samsung, or Microsoft counterparts– have too much functionality for a single killer app like WordStar or Lotus 1-2-3 was back in the day.
Let’s just say the killer apps have been replaced by killer ecosystems where Apple leads the pack.
Since I’m knee deep in prognosticator mud today, I predict that in a year or two will be Apple Glasses with embedded augmented reality, alerts and notifications, FaceTime on your face, and then the Holy Grail search begins anew.