I used Apple Pay on the Watch for the first time last night. It felt a little weird, almost like the supermarket staff were watching me - they probably weren't and it was just me being paranoid.

Still, it probably felt just as weird the first time I paid using my phone.

People are getting used to paying with your phone but, where I live at least, smart watches are very uncommon.

I've seen a steady increase in Fitbits and other smart bands buts that's it. I'll see the occasional watch (mostly Apple) on my commute but the numbers aren't high. Although I did notice the waitress wearing one in the Chinese restaurant we went to while on holiday. 👊

There seems to be no consistency to who has or wears one.

Wearables are still in their "cultural" infancy even though they've been around for a while now. Smart bands, with their more targeted functionality, are better understood and it's easy to see why Apple had to change their approach.

Most, however, don't have a need for an additional piece of technology; the cultural positioning of the smartphone (and its capabilities) is such that a major shift, and a significant technological advance, will be required for wearable use to explode in the same way smartphones did.


I am actually remembering to use the music controls on the Apple Watch; an improvement over last time I wore it.

Now I just need to authorise my card for Apple Pay and I'll need to take my phone out much less.

It's a shame UK cars are right hand drive as I can't easily stick my left hand out of the window at drive-thrus without some awkward contortions.

I had considered swapping wrists because of this but, being right-handed, it would feel too unnatural.


Falling out of love with the Apple WatchComments

It didn't take much.

I used to wear the Apple Watch every day and used it for activity tracking, notifications and driving directions but I have fallen out of love with it.

When off sick for almost a month a while back (yes, four weeks all but a day) I had no real reason to wear it.

I was largely sedentary due to constant coughing and difficulty breathing so obviously wasn't tracking any activity. My phone and laptop were always on hand so I also didn't need to worry about notifications.

I just stopped putting it on in the mornings and have never gone back.

No doubt, much of the reason I wore it every day was habit - it was just part of my routine. Likewise, not wearing it became the new habit, the new norm.

I don't jog or go to the gym and tend to follow a similar pattern with regards to the number of steps I take so probably don't really need the watch to monitor this.

Having significantly reduced the number of apps installed on my phone, especially social apps, and consequently the number of notifications I receive the watch feels a bit redundant in this regard.

I know that if I made a point of wearing it again I would redevelop the habit, yet I can't think of a compelling reason to do so. There's no real killer app or function for me.

As such, it would be an empty habit with no real purpose and I'm not sure that's worth pursuing.

Falling out of love with the Apple Watch