A more reasoned explanation for why products like the iPhone succeed is that they present a wide range of use scenarios that appeal to a broad cross-section of people. Even with the iPod, by the time sales truly began to skyrocket, the iPod came in a variety of different form factors and was something of a jack of all trades as it was able to play video, casual games, display photos, and of course, play music.
Similarly, it stands to reason that the Apple Watch will succeed not because of some wild new futuristic third-party app, but rather because it’s a sleek-looking device that can do a number of varying functions pretty well. Perhaps the fact that the Apple Watch fits seamlessly within the broader iOS ecosystem is all that’s truly needed.
I agree. In fact, when Walt Mossberg published his review, I commented:
That’s the thing about this product. It seemed broad-ranging in functionality when it was announced — and it is — but the upside to that is that it means something different to everyone. (For instance, texting wouldn’t make my top three list. Neither would checking in, at the moment.) I’m not saying a broad range of features was the right move. Only time will tell. But – and this is a big “but” – for people that are curious about smartwatches, it does seem to offer each one something slightly different.
Just like with the iPhone and iPad, Apple intends the Apple Watch to be a general purpose device.