John has taken a few days to think about the Apple Watch, and these are his conclusions. I like how he looks at the entry-model, the $349 Sport edition, as the modern incarnation of an iPod. That actually makes a lot of sense, and contrary to what I thought, it looks like the watch will support it:
It has internal storage and Bluetooth, so you’ll be able to use it for music playback without taking your iPhone with you. With just your Apple Watch and Bluetooth earbuds you’ll be able to listen to music (and make Apple Pay purchases). I’d probably pay $349 just for that, using the Sport edition as a modern day iPod. Even better, though, I strongly suspect that WatchKit will allow for something like a native version of Overcast — syncing while within Bluetooth range of your iPhone, but working entirely independently as a podcast player, using the watch’s internal storage, when you’re out of range. A version of Vesper where you can dictate new notes on the fly? Now you’ve got something I’d pay at least $349 for in a heartbeat.
If that usage pattern is possible, I could easily see myself buying one. The Overcast example is genius, I think. I just hope Marco is listening.