Apple Watches’ Many Form Factors

The Watch is rather unique in its category. Whether you need a watch or not, you will find this one attractive. If you find yourself looking for excuses to get one, Apple has many excuses to offer you. Their watch isn’t just another timepiece for the luxury market. At the moment, it’s one of a kind.

Apple has three types: a basic model, the Apple Watch Sport, and the Apple Watch Edition. Each have unique hardware specs yet achieve the same affect. These watches are fitness trackers, feature apps, come in a form factor that’s large and small (ideal for children and adults, or women and men), have the best-of-the-best watch displays and reflect a deeper level of Apple engineering we haven’t seen before.

In the coming months, we should expect Apple competitors to play catch-up. They will boast similar features and let pundits argue in their favor. They will say “Apple didn’t create anything special” and “Us too, but our’s is special.” Apple’s community right now—today—know the truth. Apple has created another first that others had the opportunity to create but haven’t. Apple played the part of the innovator yet again.

Yes, I know there are other smart watches, and we all predicted what Apple would offer. But let’s get real. Apple’s are way better. The competition hasn’t captured the heartbeat of customers. Apple’s does this and much more.

That said, at this very moment, I’m looking down at my Philip Stein watch very contentedly. I have the right watch for me. It tells time and has copper in the back that produces the same electrical frequency that my body runs on. In this way, I like to keep the wearables simple. I’m comfortable. My watch is only a watch.

Or, rather, my other watch does everything else that my wrist watch doesn’t. It’s called the iPhone 5s. So yes, I already have an Apple watch. This amazing pocket watch that Apple released in 2013 tells time, has all of the apps, features iOS 7 (and soon to be iOS 8), makes phone calls, has a built-in iPod (so to speak) and best of all, the iPhone 5s includes a four-inch Retina display. That’s plenty for me.

Many people have noted that their smart phone is their preferred way to track time. It feels natural to those that use an iPhone because they check notifications with it several times a day. I'm among these people. If we are compelled to take action, the iPhone offers us several ways to respond to notifications and the time. Heck, the iPhone has a Clock app that does everything the Watch can, and its the world’s greatest phone at the same time.

Yes, the Apple watch can do some things better than the iPhone or an iPod might. It’s always a turn of the wrist away. You are less apt to drop your iPhone getting it in and out of your pocket to check your notifications. The new device is better at tracking some of your physical fitness habits. Hey, maybe Siri will understand you better from the watch. But other than that, the phone outperforms the watch in every other conceivable way. (It bends over backwards to include apps, yet all of them are highly limited by the screen’s real estate.)

Sounds like I'm criticizing the watch now, but I’m not. It’s a powerful device. However, I need to point out that even a great device with loads of potential, such as the Watch, has a context and an ideal use case. It’s not a [fill in the blank] killer. It doesn’t even replace the iPod shuffle.

If you’d rather spend less time on a phone altogether, you might save money with an iPod Touch and Watch (if you’re alright with the iPod’s older hardware). That would give you wrist and pocket access to tell the time, the insane amount of access to notifications, your music… Yeah, you could live on the cutting edge without the iPhone. If the one’s battery dies, the other is your backup.

Heck, you could just complain that Apple didn’t make the watch of your dreams, because it doesn’t pump blood through your heart for you—the lazy geek that you are. You could stick to your iPhone 4s a little longer. Oh, or how about you upgrade to the iPhone 6? Or iPhone 6 Plus? And now that the iPhone 6 is almost available, the 5s might be cheaper. You want one of those instead? Apple wouldn’t mind.

Whatever the case may be, Apple will make money from any one of their watches’ many form factors. They all tell time, give you apps that plug you into the Apple product and service ecosystem, and just about guarantee that you will want another Apple product in the future if you get started now.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.