Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée claims that the “ Watch isn’t just another iDevice, a “wearables” accessory to the Apple ecosystem. It’s a bold attempt to create a new kind of wrist-worn personal computer that looks like a smartwatch.”
Like many, Jean-Louis Gassée thought that the Watch will be an iPhone accessory with limited power that couldn’t possibly run its own apps. He was wrong.
…Kevin Lynch, the Adobe defector who now runs the Apple Watch software engineering effort, showed us that the Watch isn’t just a shrunk-down iPhone: It can stand on its own, it has introduced an entire new genre of user interface, and will have its own App Store. The reinterpreted watch crown, a side button, touch and pressure on the face, plus voice all combine to a potentially rich and unique set of ways to interact with this newest very personal computer.
As Horace Dediu, our disruption scholar, puts it:
“The Apple Watch is as much a Watch as the iPhone is a Phone.”
I also believe that Apple will do the same with their rumored full-fledge Apple TV. While the Watch will be crowned the smallest personal computer the company has ever created, the Apple TV will be their largest personal computer (in terms of display).