With a price tag going all the way up to US$10,000 the Apple Watch slated for release on April 24 has raised quite a few eyebrows and expectations. However, questions are also being raised as to whether wireless technology will contribute to or put a damper on the device’s success.
The Apple Watch comes with embedded near field communication (NFC), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi elements. Things that have become standard features in most smart phones in the market today.
Technology writer Matt Hamblen, points out in his article on Computerworld that the Apple Watch might stumble on the wireless front.
For instance, unlike other smart watches that come with calling capability and data service independent of a smart phone, the Apple watch does not have cellular 3G or 4G wireless capability.
Wi-Fi access points are ubiquitous, but “there is disagreement over how important” Wi-Fi will be on the Apple Watch, he said. The list of features for the device mostly mention access points to apps on a Bluetooth-paired iPhone.
Currently there are also very few NFC-ready point-of-sale terminals in North America. For example the 700,000 NFC-ready terminals in the U.S. are still a fraction of the 12 million payment terminals in the U.S., Hamblen pointed out. But this could change in the very near future.