A Whole year of closing rings, with the Apple Watch series 3

Time. Time is the currency in which we spend our lives, be here for then, get there for this time. Almost everyone has a watch, or at least they did, since the first mobile phone was released this has probably change. Some have simply relied on there phones to keep up with the time, but most still have some sort of connection to their trusted wrist-watch.

I’ve always loved watches, they’re objects of unparalleled  craftsmanship and are often used as heirlooms, which carry with them a connection to the previous people who had worn it. On a few rare occasions I get to wear my late grandfather’s watch, a simple silver 1930s Omega with a metal band. It’s not worth a particularly large amount however, the story of it being given to my  great grandmother by an American airman staying with her during the war, is one of the reasons I like to wear it. For the past 182 years more or less depending on when you believe the first smart watch was created, watches have simply told the time. But things have changed, In 2015 Apple released its first watch, its second in 2016 and in 2017 its third. After which it became the largest watch brand in the world, overtaking Rolex.

 

The Apple Watch series 3 is capable of a massive list of functions but its main features are, sending and receiving calls and texts, checking the news and your mail, streaming music to Bluetooth headphones, tracking your heart rate throughout the entire day, tracking your exercise, paying for your shopping and controlling anything Siri has access to. This is all really cool, however the reason I was never interested in the Apple Watch before was because you still had to be in Bluetooth range of your phone to access half of its abilities’, but now the umbilical cord of our phones has been snipped, allowing us to use its full power wherever we please. This plays nicely into The SOS feature held on most iOS devices, which all you to quickly call the emergency services and send out your location to family members. In most accidents we won’t be able to reach our phones, but  with the Apple Watch we only have to click our wrist 5 times and help will be sent. If by the time people arrive you’re unconscious or unable to respond, with a glance at your watch they can find out any medications you’re on or are allergic too, your weight, age, blood type and whether you’re an organ donor or not, information that ,in a crisis, would make a difference. It’s an ability I am very happy to have, for those moments you don’t expect to happen and don’t want to either. Apple’s partnership with medical universities has given researches access to vast amounts of data to which they were previously unexposed, turning studies of thousands to hundred of thousands. Inadvertently, Apple has pushed medical research beyond the bounds of what we thought possible.

 

I’ve had my Apple Watch for just over a month but already I don’t think I could function without it, and for all the laziest reasons. it means I don’t have to get my phone out my pocket to change the track or embarrassingly look like I’m itching my crotch whilst trying to change the volume with the phone in my pocket, I don’t have to get my phone or wallet out to pay for things either, helpful for when your hands are full of food.

 

Another reason that I don’t think I would cope without my watch is a reason that will definitely divide opinion; it’s that I am always connected to the internet, my messages and emails, we are never truly free from the world, every minute of my day I am always reachable and in the loop, Every breaking story or instagram post is just a raise of my arm away. On the downside it has meant that ‘no phones at the table’ has now been extended to ‘no phones or watches at the table’.

 

As I said earlier, one of the reasons I enjoy wearing watches is the sentimental value that goes with them, but the thing with an Apple Watch (or smart watches in general) is that it will go out of date just like any other mobile device.  So after a few years its going to sit in a draw unused, it is not something that you can pass down for generations. The big question is, before buying an Apple Watch, do you want something to last you a life time, or like your phone, something that’s amazing for only a short while?

 

 

 

 

 

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