Patience pays off. Yours truly is the proud owner of Apple Watch Series 3 LTE. Yep. It’s a cellphone in a watch that does a little bit of everything. Notifications, alerts, calendar, email and text, and now it does what it does without the iPhone.
It’s not that there’s anything wrong with carrying an iPhone around. They’re not exactly heavy and the screen is to die for. iPhone can do anything Watch can do except convenience. My first outing without iPhone but with Watch was a sailboat adventure on Lake Michigan this past weekend.
What was missing? The iPhone’s camera. Apple Watch needs a camera.
Yes, I know there are all kinds of issues with doing FaceTime and selfies on a Watch, but look how far the technology has moved forward in the decade since iPhone launched. We have faster internet speed, huge screens, and cameras so good their photos begin to rival those take with expensive DSLRs.
iPhones let us Skype or FaceTime with anyone anywhere in the world. Not only are photos high resolution and HDR if we want, but camera in iPhone is better than broadcast quality. We can record 4K video. iPhone records our steps, tracks our locations, holds our deepest secrets wrapped up in an encryption package, and lets us communicate instantly with anyone almost anywhere at any time.
What’s not to like?
iPhone is not a watch. We have Watch because it is convenient to have instantly available information without the trouble of fishing around in a bag, purse, or pocket to retrieve that slipper slab of glass.
I know. First world problem, right?
Apple Watch already doubles as a remote control device for the iPhone’s camera and even offers a live preview of the photo the camera will take. That’s very cool. Other camera apps provide a few more features but the routine is the same. Watch controls something else.
How about a FaceTime camera for Watch?
How far away are we from a Watch camera that can also do Face ID, Apple’s new face print security technology? You know it’s coming, right? Face ID is so cool and such a differentiator that you can easily expect Apple to have it in every product in the future– iPhone, Mac, iPad, and Watch.
It’s coming. I can feel it.
Already I use Watch to record conversations with the Just Press Record app. It works as an complication so it’s easy to tap the button and begin recording. Who doesn’t want to have the same thing going on with a camera. Watch with a camera would be the ultimate selfie device.
I know. First world need, right?