NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The best news about Apple Watch: it won't be available until 2015, so no one will make the mistake of buying you one for Christmas.
Apple Watch is the first new product from the company in four years and it also is the first new product, ever, under CEO Tim Cook. Huge ego is riding on this. “I am so excited,” Cook gushed a number of times in the product introduction event. He seemed to mean it; that is, it did not appear to be P.T. Barnum hucksterism.
Even so, it is hard to see Apple Watch succeeding. Not every expert agrees, but consider the negatives:
First there’s the price: it is pegged to start at $349 and, for it to really work, the owner also needs an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or iPhone 5 variant. Older iPhones need not apply. Ka-ching, the sound of the cash register ringing again.
Then there are the ergonomics. Apple did not release details about the Watch’s screen resolution, but the indication is that it will come in two sizes: 38 mm and 44 mm.
How big is that? 38 mm is about an inch and a half. 44 mm is about an inch and three quarters. The New York Times translated those dimensions into “about the size of a quarter and a postage stamp.” My wrist looks to be about 28 inches from my eyes. I ask you: can you see what’s on your iPhone - with a four inch screen - if you hold it in your extended hand?