Apple Watch: First Impressions and Pictures

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Apple Watch went on sale Friday morning at midnight Pacific Time. I’ve written previously about Apple Watch at length previously here.

To say its launch was popular would be an understatement: it sold out in 6 hours. I’m hearing ship dates now of June and August. The gold Apple Watch Edition: August.

Early rumored reports: 1 million pre-ordered this weekend in the US alone.

I logged in before midnight and hit the refresh button on 4 browsers across 2 computers but my Apple Store app on my iPhone got me in sooner. It took about 3 minutes to order via Apple Pay after I entered my billing/shipping address I placed my order at 11 minutes after the hour. Shipping lead time: 4-6 weeks.

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Apple’s New Ecosystem: the Implications of Apple Pay

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APPLE’S NEW ECOSYSTEM: THE IMPLICATIONS OF APPLE PAY

Today, October 20, Apple launched Apple Pay with the release of their iPhone iOS 8.1 version of the device operating system. This new payment system is scheduled to go live with 220,000 merchants today for users with iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. I wrote about these new devices here. When the Apple Watch is released in 2015, which I wrote about here, it will support Apple Pay as well. See the list of merchants at the end of this article. *

While the iPhone and Apple Watches are innovative, I believe the real excitement is in the new ecosystems Apple is creating. Ecosystems are built around devices with software and services. This is one way for customers to enjoy using a number of Apple devices in a more easily integrated environment, encouraging them to buy more Apple products and upgrade to new devices when they come along.

Who is starting with Apple Pay?

The first was the Apple Store itself, where Apple employees were recently trained to help customers use it. The first app I updated after upgrading to iOS 8.1 was the Apple Store app. Soon followed like Panera, OpenTable and Uber. Others are jumping onboard quickly, including McDonald’s. The big questions that consumers will have is: what about security and privacy?

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Apple Watch: a New Category for Apple

Apple WatchAPPLE WATCH: A NEW CATEGORY FOR APPLE

On initial impression, some might say this seems like less of a watch and more an iPhone nano. While the iPhone 6 is an evolutionary change and larger than before, as I discussed in my last article here, the Apple Watch is a new product category for Apple with new ecosystems to go with it. I talk about the ecosystems here.

This is the dawn of a new platform for Apple, and though it’s clearly a “1.0” product shipping in early 2015, they got a lot right their first time out. Especially in functionality, this has more raw compute power and storage than any “wearable” I’ve seen. The software and controls are astounding. At two different sizes, 35mm and 44mm, there is a tension between too small that you can’t use the face, and too large to fit on the wrist. The Taptic Engine is another feedback and output system: you feel different kinds of vibrations for notifications, left and right directions, etc.  Apple provides the buyer a choice. Indeed, lots of choices: two different sizes, three different case materials or “collections” each in two different finishes, and a spectrum of different straps. Think of the permutations! Apple will create product segmentation and customization from the beginning.

Apple WatchHorologically, Apple is returning to a market it previously unintentionally de-popularized: the wristwatch. Wristwatches had replaced the older pocket watches especially during the late 19th century for military applications, but the popularity of the Apple iPhone meant people were checking the time from the device in their pocket.

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Apple’s New iPhone 6: Why you care

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Apple’s recent product launch in Cupertino was huge:

  1. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, about which many leaks had already informed us
  2. Apple Watch, the previously rumored iWatch saw the light of day, though it cannnot be ordered until next year. Read about it in my next article here
  3. Two new ecosystems — which are the truly revolutionary part of the announcement — Apple Pay and HealthKit. I’ll tell you why these will be significant. Read about Apple Pay here

For a bit of irony…

These are the highest performing iPhones ever released. And as happens with each new iPhone announcement, a couple of days after the announcement pre-orders are available at midnight Cupertino time:

  • Both Apple and the cellular carriers anticipate greater demand than the previous release
  • They prepare their ordering systems for the increased load and staff up
  • During the midnight “ordering storm” their systems melt down faster and worse than previous years

Even Apple’s ordering site was down for almost two and a half hours. The carriers faired no better than in years past: support lines were broken and escalation was delayed or nonexistent. I’m hearing of delivery dates for iPhone 6 Plus that are 2 months out even if you ordered within the first 15 minutes.

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VMworld 2014 San Francisco: Final Day

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VMworld does something special for the Press and Bloggers, it reserves several tables near the front of the auditorium with power cords and a special WiFi feed. This makes it easy to take lousy low light photos from one’s iPhone. Having written on Day 1 and Day 2 of VMworld, on the last day we learned that attendees had attended 9,300 labs.

And they raised $248,460 through Destination GiveBack.

The last day is usually reserved for innovations, last year’s was about robots and 3D printing. This time: People Plus Machines.

Jane McGonigalJane McGonigal, Super Better Labs, Chief Creative Officer VR Game Designer and Author “Reality is Broken”

She started by sharing:

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VMworld 2014 San Francisco: Day 2, The Details

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VMWORLD 2014 SAN FRANCISCO: DAY 2

Following on the announcements of Day 1, three VMware executives filled in the details.

Ben FathiBen Fathi, VMware Chief Technology Officer

Ben started the morning with Destination Giveback, a charitable effort that involves flying paper airplanes as a part of the donation. No ice involved.

Recapped the previous day’s comment: The Brave Will Thrive. EVO and EVO:RAIL, the OpenStack distribution, the renaming of vCloud Hybrid Services to vCloud Air, the renaming of vCAC and vCOPs to vCloud vRealize.

In contrast to the World of Silos

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Ben posited:

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VMworld 2014 San Francisco: Day 1, The Announcements

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VMWORLD 2014: DAY 1, THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

The largest cloud show of its kind, VMworld 2014 opened with the General Session in Moscone Center in San Francisco. 22,000 attendees from 85 countries are here. The show actually opened 2 days previously, but everyone who is going to be here is at this event. Partner Day and TAM Day were earlier and last night was the welcoming buffet in the Solutions Exchange. I’ll be at the Solutions Exchange later this week demoing in the Cisco booth Platform as a Service and Cloud Management.

No Limits is the theme this year.

Pat GelsingerPat Gelsinger, VMware CEO

started with this quote:

“The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.”

This is one of the Three Laws of Prediction by Sir Arthur C Clarke, famous science fiction author and futurist.

Two years ago Pat stepped onto this stage to take the baton of leadership at VMware. This morning he uses the analogy of a “liquid world” to talk about the change in business:

  • Uber has a market cap of Hertz and Avis combined, with no physical assets.

He talked about Bravery:

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VMworld 2013 San Francisco: Day 4, Makers and Shakers

VMWORLD 2013 SAN FRANCISCO: DAY 4 MAKERS AND SHAKERS

For the popular Innovator’s Day at the end of the VMworld Conference…

 

Jay1Jay Silver, Founder and Director Joylabz, and Maker Research Scientist at Intel Labs.

Jay went to Ken Burns’ place in Massachusetts and went on a nature awareness walk. He had a guide, but Jay didn’t see anything new… so he went to downtown Boston and did some urban discovery. Another student licked his finger and stuck it in the air all around the area… and noted wind patterns that led to a vortex at the center.

“If we can see the invisible, can you change it? Can you make the world a construction kit?”

He attached a “squeaky set” sound sensor to a pencil and after spreading the graphite on a paper found you could play music. Ditto with water on a surface, or water pouring from a tap. Or copper stripes on a one’s body that when you hula hoop across it, makes music.

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VMworld 2013 San Francisco: Day 3, the Gadgets

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During this week amongst 22,500 geeks it was noticeable how many devices I saw, especially mobile devices. Here’s the quick breakdown…

Cell phones:

  • iPhones by a vast majority, mostly iPhone 5s.
  • Androids as the largest minority, mostly Samsung Galaxy 3 and 4.

Tablets:

  • iPads by a vast majority, with some iPad minis.
  • Androids in the minority, including the smaller Nexus 7 size.

Laptops:

  • MacBooks were a surprisingly significant fraction
  • PCs of all flavors
  • Ultra thin laptops running Android or Windows 8, including the Microsoft Surface, were more prevalent than in the general population

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VMworld 2013 San Francisco: Day 2

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In Day 2, the focused moved to details of the big announcements from Day 1, including NSX, vSAN, and a bit on automation.

Carl Eschenbach, President and COO, VMware

Carl started with the observation of “More attendees than expected this year, 22,500 attendees rounded up to 23K, making this the largest IT Infrastructure event of the year”. Wikipedia reports that the 2009 Oracle OpenWorld had 37,000 attendees, but let’s not quibble.

He recapped yesterday’s announcements: vSphere 5.5 & vCloud Suite 5.5, NSX Network Virtualization, and vCloud Hybrid Services, Cloud Foundry on vSphere — through partnership with Pivotal — and Virtual SAN.

3 Imperatives for IT Infrastructure:

Virtualization extends to ALL of IT

  1. IT management gives way to automation
  2. Compatible hybrid cloud will be ubiquitous
  3. Done with the Software-Defined Data Center as the Architectural Foundation.

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musings on current and future technologies – by Bill Petro