Walkie-Talkie: Voice-messaging was one of the features Apple showed at the presentation of the very first Apple Watch in September 2014. Too bad it never made it into the watch. Now it‘s finally ready. The first demo I saw (It‘s not in the beta yet) was surprisingly fast. There was hardly any delay or lag. Too bad you are limited to contacts with Apple Watches. But since it goes over the internet you can at least use it with everyone who has an Apple Watch. No matter where they live.
Hiking: In Switzerland we love hiking. Can‘t wait to put the new hiking workout option to the test.
Adios Series 0: Celebrating that the first model gets cut off from updates might sound harsh. But it‘s very good news for the big majority of Apple Watch owners. The first generation chips were holding back developers. Now they can focus on the faster chips of the more recent models. And owners of the first generation Apple Watch will still have a very good smartwatch. They just won‘t get all the before mentioned features. And let‘s be honest, that was bound to happen when you buy a first generation product.
Of course, some things are still missing:
More/custom watch faces: Apple talked quite a bit about the Siri watch face and how developers can add their app to it. But the only really new watch face was the (and rather nice) pride watch face. I still stand by my argument that Apple won‘t and shouldn’t open watch faces completely. But with the Series 4 in September I expect a bit more effort in that department. On a side-note: Some kind of a watchmaker app with tools like different hands and complications in more sizes to build your own watch face might end up being a good compromise.
Always on watch faces: If the Series 4 is indeed getting a bigger screen with the same body size, I doubt an always-on screen is coming this year. But who knows.