Apple will be coming out with their Apple Watch in the early months of 2015. Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that the new wearable will arrive on the shelves in April 2015. This new technology brings up some curious questions. Is this something as app developers and Apptrepreneurs (an entrepreneur developing apps), we should embrace and start learning how to develop apps for this type of device or should we not pay much attention to it and stick with the traditional phone and tablet models for our apps?
To try to answer this question, let’s look at other similar devices and how they have done. Recently a firm reported on Google-powered wearable devices, and the numbers aren’t exactly staggering. More than 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014, according to the Canalys research company. That’s out of a total 4.6 million smart wearable bands. Another competitor for Google is Samsung, with its Tizen-powered smartwatches. The research firm noted in its report that the South Korean company has “struggled to keep consumers engaged” with its wearable technology.
The research also lists a subgroup of wearables which includes devices like Fitbit, Jawbone and Xiaomi devices. Fitbit is still the global leader in this market, but Xiaomi’s Mi Band is catching up fast, according to the report. To me this makes total sense.
I’m my opinion, and believe me I have been wrong before, it seems that the consumer currently like the idea of using a wearable watch devices for physical fitness tracking. The Fitbit does this very well which is why I think they are in the lead for this market. I know for myself, I have looked at the Fitbit and considered buying one and wearing it to track my daily steps and cardio burn as I workout.
The issue I see is, people already have iPhones and Android smart devices. Do they really need another device that does allot of the same functionality? I know personally I will not be standing in the line to buy an Apple Watch when they are released in April 2015. But that might all change once the watch is available and we can see how this devices can solve a problem or somehow make life better or easier than their phone and tablet counterparts.
With that being said, you can try to jump on this new technology and try to develop some new unique apps for the Apple Watch. Now is the time to jump on that if you want to try to roll the dice and bet on this new technology. It is kinda cool that we have another new platform to develop our apps for and maybe this will overtake the market for regular phone and tablet apps. I don’t have a crystal ball but it could very well happen.
If you do want to learn how to develop Apple Watch apps (and mobile development in general) one of the best web sites I can recommend is http://www.raywenderlich.com/. Ray does a fantastic job on this web site explaining code for free on the site and I highly recommend that you subscribe to his newsletter. He also has a Watch Kit course you can purchase if you want to dive in to this technology: http://www.raywenderlich.com/store/watchkit-by-tutorials.
It will be interesting to see what happens to the app markets when Apple reveals the new Apple Watch. Will it change the app development market? Will this make it better by having more options for us Apptrepreneurs developing software or, will it not affect us and just be business as usual for us? Only time will tell but, one thing is for sure, it will be thrilling to see what occurs. Let me know what you think by adding some comments below.