Like a lot of people I’ve been keeping tabs on the new Apple Watch that was just announced during the “Spring Forward” event. A lot of the stuff on the Spring Forward event was a rehash of what was already shown when it was first mentioned when the iPhone 6 was released. I’ll admit that I’m definitely intereted in getting an Apple Watch but I might wait until the 2nd iteration comes out and for there to be a lot more apps. As a frequent traveler there were 3 things that were totally awesome during the demo.
1) Getting my boarding pass on my watch (I happen to fly American a lot and this was demoed).
I go through airport security twice a week most of the time and I always have to dig out my ID and my phone and present it to TSA so they can scan it to make sure I’m in the right line. The idea of getting my boarding pass on my wrist and just scanning that instead of fishing for my phone would be a great convenience to me (its not a MUST have that would make me buy the watch though)
2) Unlocking my room at a SPG hotel using Apple Watch
Along with boarding planes I go and stay at hotel quite often. I’m technically a Hilton loyalist but I have also started to stay at Starwood properties a lot recently. Unfortunately a lot of the Starwood hotels haven’t been upgraded to include this feature yet but this would also be a nice time saver for me and I wouldn’t need to fish in my wallet for a key card to get into my room. I’ve forgotten my key card more than once duringa trip but rarely do I ever forget my watch.
3) Remotely manage my house while traveling
This is more on me than anything else and requires a lot more money to spend doing upgrades but I like the idea of being able to open my garage door using my watch (very helpful for someone that rides a motorcycle and keeps it in their garage). I would also probably do a few more upgrades like get some remotes for the lights in the front so I can turn them on before I get home so I’m not in total darkness or maybe even unlock and lock my front door using the watch. Again lots of money will proably be needed to do this one and I’m not willing to spend all that right now.
The real reason I don’t think I need the Apple Watch right now is because I have a very nice watch my wife gave me during my 30th birthday which I asked her for and I still wear every day. It does what a watch is designed to do which is keep time. I’ll re-evaluate things after the first year is done, then maybe I’ll get the sport edition.