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  • Apple Watch Features Scaled Back at Last Minute, Says WSJ


    According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has scaled back the features that would have purportedly been offered on Apple Watch if they had proven more reliable in the home stretch of testing prior to the device's grand revelation last fall.

    As we know, Apple Watch has been in development since Steve Jobs was still at the helm of the company. But even with a four-year head-start, some of the powerful and initially-envisioned features still weren't ready by late 2014 when Apple Watch was formally unveiled.

    "Development languished because much of the health-sensor technology failed to meet Apple’s standards," sources are cited by the WSJ. "Apple tinkered with sensors that measured the conductivity of skin, a concept used in polygraphs to gauge stress. The technology also showed promise for heart-rate monitoring such as an electrocardiogram, or EKG."

    Unfortunately, as the time to roll out Apple Watch drew near, several of these health-centric features still weren't performing consistently for some users ("including those with hairy arms or dry skin," the report notes).

    But with Apple eager to enter the wearables market before other tech giants secured an insurmountable lead, Apple decided to proceed with the device and all of its perfectly functioning features (of which there are still many).

    Consequently, it is now believed that future generations of Apple Watches will ultimately deliver on countless features once envisioned by Apple but not quite ready for prime-time last year -- or even now.

    Source: WSJ
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Watch Features Scaled Back at Last Minute, Says WSJ started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Tweetix's Avatar
      Tweetix -
      I'll wait for the next Apple Watch to come out. The watch is too new for Apple, therefore I won't be buying their first gen watch until they work out all the kinks and have all the "said" features ready.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      then I guess you'll have to wait for a very long time. All I know, is that I won't be buying these stupid so called smart watches that don't even last a day without recharging.
    1. JollyRogger's Avatar
      JollyRogger -
      The cynic in me is thinking that Apple have scaled back features for when Apple Watch 2 is released next year.

      I hope it has more than a 1 day battery but people claiming that this version will be crap and the battery will be non existent, know nothing. Until I get one on my wrist, I'm not going to speculate, and nor should any body else.

      Jolly
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Don't all business that build tech "scale it back" for the next big thing? Seems to me like a natural business move on all ends. After all, the $$ is in the come back.
    1. gldoorii's Avatar
      gldoorii -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Don't all business that build tech "scale it back" for the next big thing? Seems to me like a natural business move on all ends. After all, the $$ is in the come back.
      Yea, it's normal and I have no problem with it, but, this is Apple we are talking about here... It's trendy to hate on them. There is nothing wrong with holding back features that you want to put in future models/redesigns. If every company released a product with 100% of what they envisioned, then there would only be one model/version of everything. I wish more people understood business.
    1. slickric's Avatar
      slickric -
      Quote Originally Posted by gldoorii View Post
      If every company released a product with 100% of what they envisioned, then there would only be one model/version of everything.
      that plus if some of the features are not 100% up to the standard they want them at it makes sense to hold off until they are
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      This is how Apple is different. Most other companies would have no problem releasing ap roduct with glitchy features because they know they will sell a ton just on the hype of the features aand then hfix them in later generations. Apple, for the most part, will not release a product unless it is working at a highly satisfactory level. They're not perfect, but they do markedly better than others.