Re: Google Promoting Android Wear Watch Faces

John Gruber writes (in regard to this link):

"This post epitomises the differences between Google and Apple".

Gruber's overall view btw is that Apple won't open up the watch face and Gruber seems in support of that idea.

While it's certainly a salient and valid point Gruber makes. I feel Apple is missing out on offering something that would contain more of a cultural significance on an individual level. Apple say the watch is their most personal product yet, but don't go far enough in allowing a type of personalisation that distinguishes itself from the next personal device (iPhone).

I would prefer to be able to customise MY lock screen on the iPhone and if I wanted an Apple watch, I'd like to 'own' a design that best represented my tastes rather than the tastes and ideals of a single group of designers who have a minimalist hard on for the San Fransisco font.

Watch this Watch

The Internet is discussing the pricing of these Apple watches and we now have just over a month before we actually find out. Collectively we're wondering and denying how high they could be. People who don't believe these things won't cost much more than $1,000 for the stainless steel and gold editions don't understand the Chinese market (or the basic pricing of material costs).

Living in Hong Kong for me reinforces the idea that Apple is on a winner with $10,000+ watches ($350 as well for that matter). The mainland Chinese know no bounds to obtaining and then wanting to show off the ownership of their luxury goods. This is a huge part of Chinese culture just like big cars are to American culture. Americans love their big cars, the Chinese love showing off how wealthy they are. These cultural trends are that obvious.

Do people realise how many luxury watch shops there are in Hong Kong alone? This watch wasn't meant for you, you as in the western market. I feel like the West is going to be by-standing on this one with a collective 'WTF', and learn something about Eastern Culture in the next Apple earnings report. Who knows, maybe even before that.

JPG Episode 29 - Special

A Reading of 'The Shape of Things to Come'.


In this special episode we have a reading of the recent New Yorker article by Ian Parker. The article is about Apple with the focus on Appleā€™s Sir Jonathan Ive. It's superbly written and I mentioned it earlier last week with quoting some choice sentences. The quality of this article is head over heels more insightful than the Walter Isaacson book from a few years back. This article is the only New Yorker article I've ever finish from first word to last and it gives the reader a huge look behind Apple's motivations towards their products and personal motivations.

The idea to record an audio version was given to me by Mike Hurley of fame. So if people find the 17,000 word article too long to read, now you can listen with the variable speed from whatever your podcast app of choice may be.

  • 11:45 - Chapter 2 - The Studio
  • 34:02 - Chapter 3 - Managing Newness
  • 1:05:00 - Chapter 4 - A Tap On the Wrist


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