STORY BY AMY SAMUEL
Apple announced the official release date and details regarding their new product, the Apple Watch.
On the homepage of apple.com, a glossy watch stretches across the page along with the release date, April 24, 2015. The company’s website reveals, “Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology,” also adding, “The most personal product we’ve ever made.”
Technology Support Specialist at Drake, Matt Haydon, said he is not crazy about the price range for this product, which ranges from $10-15,000.
“The cost is way more than it needs to be, and is something I would not invest in, especially as it is still a first generation product,” Haydon said.
As for school purposes, Haydon believes it could possibly have a positive effect on teaching methods.
“Maybe I could see a professor using this device as a remote to control slideshows in class or something … it could maybe be somewhat useful,” Haydon said.
The device includes customized timekeeping, physical dimensions to alerts and notifications, gentle taps for incoming messages and many different styles and colors. It also includes a health and fitness section.
The company’s website describes, “[The Apple Watch] helps motivate you to sit less and move more, and learns your activity and fitness levels.”
Sophomore Maya Bolter believes the innovative overload technology is beginning to bring to society is a bit overwhelming.
“I don’t need my Apple ID to know my heart rate goes up when I see a cute guy,” Bolter said.
The product has concerned her knowing that technology is getting to the point where everything personal is becoming known.
Connecting directly to your iPhone, the device allows you to respond to a message instantly without using your phone. It includes options to send personal heartbeats, taps, or sketches to your friends, and use life-like emojis, hearts, and hands.
Sophomore Kaitlin Lacek believes the development in technology is becoming too much.
“They are making unnecessary advancements and coming up with things that we don’t even need,” Lacek said. “We don’t need this type of watch when we already have a phone.”
Lacek discussed the watch in her marketing class.
“Our class talked about Microsoft and how they apparently attempted to sell a similar device which wasn’t completely successful…it will be interesting to see the outcome,” Lacek said.
However, some people are tired of the hype.
“I love technology, but even for me (a technology support specialist) I believe that there needs to be a break,” Haydon said. “People need to disconnect from all of the problems communication brings and just go outside and enjoy themselves every now and then. I think to a certain extent this watch could definitely be a distraction. I had a Motorola watch for a week and returned it.”