Apple’s wearable strategy is to distance themselves from the crowd is by introducing a smooth, highly usable interface that is beautifully designed. The Apple Watch also warms up to mobile payments, with NFC and Apple’s new ‘Secure Element’ for storing payment information embedded within.
That means the Apple Watch can enable Apple Pay on any device it works with, which includes the iPhone 5 and later. Features will require more time to assess – the notifications and quick replies seem very interesting and worthwhile, but the new paired communication mode that Apple demoed, which allows one user to connect directly to another for real-time sharing of hand-drawn messages, customized animated smileys, heartbeats and more, initially strikes as a bit of a strange concept. Apple’s messaging is all about the novelty of the feature, however, which means that whether it catches on or not, it’ll take some acclimation.