Speaking to sources familiar with the smartwatch, the site notes that a common theme is how little you use your iPhone after getting an Apple Watch.
People that have worn the Watch say that they take their phones out of their pockets far, far less than they used to. A simple tap to reply or glance on the wrist or dictation is a massively different interaction model than pulling out an iPhone, unlocking it and being pulled into its merciless vortex of attention suck. One user told me that they nearly “stopped” using their phone during the day; they used to have it out and now they don’t, period. That’s insane when you think about how much the blue glow of smartphone screens has dominated our social interactions over the past decade.
Interestingly, the Apple Watch apparently requires contact with your skin to receive notifications. This will save battery life but might not be desirable for all users. I routinely take my watch off when typing on a keyboard or laptop. Notifications will also stop when the watches' battery life reaches 10%.
Sources that have used the Watch say that touch targets are very precise and sensitive, meaning that tapping small buttons will be fairly easy. The display is also very sharp and easily readable. It may actually be possible to read short articles and other content on your wrist.
As reported earlier today, battery life has been improved. TechCrunch says that after a full day of normal use, battery life ends up at around 25%. The site also notes that it takes just two hours to fully charge the watch.
Scrolling with the digital crown is matched precisely so that you're not chasing the scroll with your finger. Apparently, the digital crown as also been changed significantly since the Apple Watch was first demoed. It now has more friction for a weightier, higher-end feel. Pressing the crown activates Siri which can be used for labeling, directions, and commands.
The site suggests that the primary use case for the watch is not a 'notification center'; rather it's that it allows you to act without any additional distraction.
Apple will reveal more details about the Apple Watch at its March 9th 'Spring Forward' media event.
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