AMITIAE - Wednesday 2 September 2015
The Apple Watch and Future Events (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
There were also rumours that the next iPads could have the Force Touch, developed for the MacBook. This is expected to be on iPhones too; but if it were on the iPad it could then respond to input pressure from all styluses.
The unusual location of the event and the army of contractors working there prompted some to speculate that the long-rumoured Apple electric car could be announced. I have doubts. The event will be streamed live starting at 10am PDT (midnight here) and for the first time Windows 10 users will be able to tune in too.
With an update to the iPhone, whatever the release date iOS 9 will become available and so should Mac OS X 10.11, El Capitan. It may also be the time that Watch OS is updated and 3rd party apps will be made available for the device, which is now shown as having 2nd position in sales of wearables, behind FitBit.
Despite the criticisms of Swatch CEO, Nick Hayek, who called the Apple Watch a toy, the one I have is not eating as much power as I expected. I usually end the day with more than 50% remaining. Perhaps I am doing something wrong.
Messaging apps are saving me much time as I do not have to use the iPhone on every occasion. The Keynote app allows me to run presentations from the Watch, which has proved useful several times already, but there are some apps which may be wasted. Taking photographs on the iPhone, controlled by the Watch, has some value, but I do not see much point in editing images on the Watch.
As an indication of its potential, researchers at Johns Hopkins University plan to use ResearchKit for an upcoming epilepsy study on seizure prediction, and companies like Microsoft, whose recent embracing of iOS has seen some interesting solutions, are developing some of these with Watch functions.
Microsoft does have an app for PowerPoint that has a similar function to the Keynote app I use on the Watch. As the Keynote app makes a lot of sense, I see this as another worthwhile app. I look forward to more.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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