Haptic feed back is patented. And Apple really is the first to deploy anything like it. I won't claim to be an expert but unlike rounded corners or swipe to unlock, I think this patent is a lot easier to defend and enforce.
I didn't put them on my list because I don't remember the CEOs of those companies making arrogant or dismissive public statements like the ones I listed. You should always respect the competition, if only because not doing so leads to smugness that leads, in turn, to fatal inaction.
When you get relegated to the slow line with your smartphone in hand while the people wearing smartwatches are zipping through checkpoints to board the plane, pick up their rental, pay for their purchases, enter the concert hall, check out library books, check into the hotel, etc., then you will see the added value. And don't expect corporations to spend money to bring speed and ease of service for smartphone-only owners up to par with smartwatch owners. If at all they...
Humility is an undervalued virtue.
Imagine the companies who would still be around today, or at least be in better shape, if their CEOs exhibited a little more humility in the face of new competitive threats.
Blackberry, Microsoft, Dell, Palm, the list goes on.
All these unbelievably expensive adornments that men buy? They're no different from a peacock's fantail. There is no limit to what men are willing to trade, including their standing in society*, just to get some booty. There's a parallel story for women, by the way. *Search term "Eliot Spitzer"
The killer app is not "design" or some specific app. The killer app is Convenience. And as always, convenience offered by a device isn't usually obvious until you start using it. Once you do though, you can't imagine parting with the dang thing. How many of us who were adults during the pre-mobile phone era feel naked if we leave the house today without our phones?
The daily use demo by Kevin Lynch might look uninteresting but boarding a plane without having to pull...