Many tech blogs have published articles about the possibility that Apple is working on a new, wearable device. For lack of a better term, most are calling it a watch. I suspect that’s inaccurate.
Imagine that Apple isn’t specifically designing a watch, but the next step in its portable devices. Something that does much of what iOS devices do today, only in a novel way, and in a smaller form factor. Small enough to be, say, attached to one’s wrist. It’s understandable to think of this thing as a watch because that’s the logical point of reference. But Apple excels at skating to where the puck will be, not where it is, and most of us can’t see that far ahead.
Just a day after Pebble shipped its first small batch of watches, the Pebble Smartwatch iPhone app (free) has been released. While the app isn’t necessary for the watch’s functioning, it does add features like software update notifications and custom watch face installation and management.
If you’re among the “lucky 500″ who get their hands on one of these, let me know how it goes. I’m curious about the Pebble experience.
As promised, the Kickstarter-funded Pebble Watch will start shipping units to backers today. Unfortunately, it won’t even come close to meeting the 68,000 outstanding orders:
“We weren’t able to get as many units to our fulfillment centre as we expected (held up by documentation at the airport). Less than 500 units are going out today, with more expected to ship soon.”
Wow. The device missed its original shipping date last September.
Additionally, the iOS app is also held up, which means advanced features like watchface and OS updates won’t work*. I hope this thing is good, as it’s been a long wait.
*Update: the iPhone app is now available.