The best devices are the ones that are able to seamlessly integrate into our lives with a low adaptation curve. Apple Watch accomplished that extraordinarily quickly. In less than a day I barely reached for my iPhone anymore. The various things I would obsess overnamely important emails, messages and callssmoothly routed to my wrist and quickly relieved my worry that I might miss one.
It wasn't just that I was checking my phone less; once the novelty of newness wore off, I also used my Watch far less than I imagined I would. While I rarely pull down the Notification Center on my iPhone, Glances on my Apple Watch are a perfect space for widgets, offering the quick bites of information that I crave within seconds. I can check a score, the forecast, Twitter mentions, or my data usage without entering an app. Apple Watch is a perfect platform for widgets, and I'm far more interested in how Glances will benefit from the native performance of their companion apps.
But third-party complications are the real prize here. It would be ideal if they could automatically change throughout the daylike, for example, a stock could show while the market is open or flip to reflect flight times on the day you're travelingbut a deeper level of personalization on the de facto lock screen expands Apple Watch's capabilities far wider than native apps. iOS and OS X have been taking steps to deliver data without needing to open and close apps as often, but on those devices, apps still make the most sense. I don't mind spending time with my Mac or iPhone, but with my Watch I want to put my wrist down as quickly as possibly; once developers begin to embrace the beauty and simplicity of the complication, even the number of times I need to use the Glances on my watch will likely drop considerably.
Now I just have to wait for the Faces API.
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