Published On: Sun, Sep 17th, 2017

New Apple Watch – Turns Comic Book Fantasy into Reality





New Apple WatchAfter more than two years of its first release, Apple Watch of Apple Inc has finally been able to replicate the future technology of the 1940 comic strip, this will be a game changer in the market and increase new Apple watch sales.

The Series 3 of the Apple Watch launched along iPhone X features a wireless LTE connectivity. Meaning that people will be able to make phone calls and send/ recieve text messages without need of iPhone being nearby, as it had to be in the earlier models.

In the comic Dick Tracy, a private detective used calls from his wrist watch to bust bad guys back in 1946 – this always had captured imagination of tech entusiasts and it now has finally become a reality.

Jeff Williams, the CEO of Apple Inc. said that this was their vision from the start, they wanted to come up with something like this so you could go on a run without carrying your phone and still be connected and reachable.

Earlier, back in 2014 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has sold smart watches with mobile data connectivity, but the first devices were bulky and suffered from poor battery life because the data connection consumed extra power. They also require a separate phone number.

Apple claims its new Apple watch of Series 3 claims up to 18 hours of battery life and is just a fraction of a millimetre thicker that its previous Series 2. It will have the same phone number as a customer’s iPhone, which will only be required for the initial set up of the watch.

Apple said that all four major US carriers will offer service for the watch, and AT&T Inc and T-Mobile US Inc both said it would cost an extra $10 a month.

At $399, the new Watch is only slightly more expensive than the previous model, the $329 Series 2, which introduced stand-alone GPS capability. That $70 extra buys much more useful capabilities — including the ability to stream music from Apple Music.

The Techanalysis Research’s Bob O’Donnell said that third rime is the charm for the new Apple watch.

Another Apple analyst, Brian Blau from Gartner said that the monthly recurring charge of the data plan would far exceed the cost of Series 3 over other watches over the time, however he epected carriers to ake data plans east to go and pay for.

Apple does not say how many Apple Watches it sells. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi believes Apple will sell 12 million watches in its fiscal 2017 and 14 million to 15 million in fiscal 2018. Gene Munster with Loup Ventures predicted a much bigger bump, to 26 million units in 2018.

Apple is putting new pressure on smartwatch rivals such as Fitbit Inc and Garmin Ltd, which would be hard-pressed from a technical and business standpoint to match Apple’s wireless features.

But the new Apple Watch still requires an iPhone, which Fitbit believes leaves it ample market room to sell wearable devices that work with all phones, not just iPhones.

“With Android comprising approximately 80 per cent of the global smartphone market, broad compatibility remains a core differentiator for Fitbit,” the company said in a statement to Reuters.

The Watch will remain a blip in Apple’s sales, which were $215 billion last year. But it may be taking its place as part of a family of products that Apple loyalists cannot do without — all by making a schoolboy fantasy from the 1940s into reality for the masses.

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