Everyone in the tech industry has an opinion: it’s just that many of them don’t agree. As the industry waits for Apple’s next financial results to see if the company will divulge sales figures (estimates vary between 3m and 6m Apple Watches sold so far) a couple of articles are worth reading to sample the debate around the company’s first smartwatch.
Research project Wristly, which has a 1,000-strong panel of Apple Watch owners to survey, found that 53% consider themselves as “non tech users” rather than early adopters, while finding that 66% say they are “very satisfied / delighted” with the device, with another 31% “somewhat satisfied”. An anecdotal note from the research: “It was almost as if the farther away people were from tech or the tech industry, the more they liked the Apple Watch”. Yet this is people who’ve bought one – what might be stopping others from shelling out their cash on an Apple Watch? The New York Times has a piece on some of the apps that aren’t available for it: Facebook, for example. “I don’t know if we could get it all in there in a way that feels good and works well. You’d just want to get your phone out at that point,” says the social network’s news feed boss Adam Mosseri. Snapchat and Google are cited as other holdouts.