Gadget Gavin: Apple Watch gathering dust - for now
When the Apple Watch was unveiled then naturally I was at the front of the queue – or the virtual one, at least.
I avidly followed the rumours, the hype and the announcement then waited anxiously for the day when I could choose the perfect Apple Watch for me.
After more waiting – ironically enough for fast-moving tech – the box arrived.
I set up the watch and paraded happily around wearing the world’s latest and greatest gadget.
But now I’ll cut right past the tale of how I installed apps in an attempt to find the ways the Apple Watch could make my life better – because ultimately it didn’t.
One morning before leaving on a trip, I looked at it, contemplated the extra charger, and picked up my old watch instead.
It lives on a watch stand now.
I didn’t sell it, though – half out of laziness and half out of wondering what might come along that may give it a new lease of life.
Meanwhile iOS10 has been revealed – mostly, anyway – and will be released in September.
It looks like Apple have gone from toes in the water to wading in on home automation, and this is where the watch may add a new level of value.
HomeKit, which was released in the earlier iOS9, was a framework for other apps and manufacturers of smart devices.
You may have Philips Hue lighting, an August Smart lock or any other number of gadgets in the home that will use it – but they all have their own app.
This is cumbersome and means they aren’t quickly accessible.
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In iOS10 there is a new native HomeApp which harmonises everything that uses HomeKit into a single app.
You can quickly view all your options in a single place and create rules and triggers which create actions across multiple devices in the home.
As you pull up in the car from work, the coffee machine might switch on, the door unlock and the lights turn on in the kitchen.
This application of the Internet of Things is potentially a tipping point for the home automation market.
I have had a home automation system called Control4 running now for a few years. It does largely the same job but for a non-techy, aka my beautiful wife, it is a cause for much frustration and finger wagging.
Apple do it like Apple do most things – elegantly – and that means I can now go and buy a load more home automation gadgets.
Maybe I’ll get the duster out, track down the charger for my Apple Watch and give it another go.
Apple Watch facts
• The Apple Watch is a smartwatch developed by Apple and includes fitness tracking and health-based capabilities
• It integrates into iOS and other Apple products and services.
• The device is available in four variants: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Hermès and Apple Watch Edition
• It relies on a wirelessly connected iPhone to perform many of its default functions, such as calling and texting
• Announced by Tim Cook in 2014, the device began shipping in April 2015 and quickly became the best-selling wearable device
Gavin Wheeldon is CEO of Purple