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The profound impact of Apple Watch

The Apple Watch started to ship back in April. That ended almost five months of anticipation. For one long-time Apple reviewer, however, it also started a transformation. Jim Dalrymple, writing for The Loop:

I have been reporting on Apple for more than 20 years now, and in all that time no product has had such an impact on my life as this little piece of hardware and software. I don't say that for dramatic effect, it has had a profound effect on the way I live. As you will read later, this is the most personal review I have ever written.

The beginning is classic Jim. The rest is so very much more.

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

31 Comments
  • Really? Jim has been an Apple evangelist for the longest time. Wouldn't expect anything but utmost praise for an Apple product from Jim. Sorry... tried the Apple watch and returned it. Love my Mac, my iPhone, my Apple TV. The watch? No thanks.
  • Did you read the review? It's an incredibly personal take from Jim, and not something I've read from him before. If you didn't like the Apple Watch, that's great. Mine's become integral to me. Sounds like Jim has gotten tremendous benefits from his as well. That's no less valid an opinion.
  • Yes Rene, I understand. I'm not discounting any opinion. It's just that Jim talking about an Apple product will always sound like an informercial to me. I guess what I'm saying is that I really would like to hear an opinion from a completely unbiased person. Is this even possible? Anyways, enjoy your watches guys.
  • You are a bad customer. You bought the Watch and returned it before most folks even had a chance to see one in person, let alone have one available to order. Now you're looking for an "unbiased" review, for what? Looking for a just reason to buy another Watch that you'll return? Jim's review is intimate, it's as much about him as it is of the Watch, and I'm always delighted to witness positive health transformations.
  • He's a "bad customer" for buying the Watch and returning it because it didn't work out for him? You're one one of those people, aren't you?
  • Clearly it would be too much trouble to have actually read the review. "The Beard" loves his Apple products (as do most of us), but it's nice to get such a personal take from him.,
  • I get it. I dont see unbias much in the apple space honestly. Its guess its why "they" call it a cult. That, and maybe because apple users are notorious liking anything apple spits out. Any other brand blog or OS blog, you see criticism in every direction. Some are very critical even. But its atleast realistic. Honestly, if a smartwatch changes someones life, then theres like 10 million other things that will also change it or could have.
  • Really? You should spend some time on G+ reading the samsung or android blogs.
  • This is either a paid article or Apple users have an innate ability to marvel at the most mundane things. I still haven't decided.
  • And android users think that their devices are the most superior ones, You can not argue with this people, they are the smartest of the planet because their phones have 3-4gb of ram, because they can root their phones and install skins etc, that they can download any file to their devices, you guys are just plain jokes, that the Moto360 is so elegant (a round smart watch not well thought out)  does things thinking about out the future, Google does it thinking how can i sell you anything right now, just keep playing that unsecured game (Android) and one day you will find out the hard way!!
  • I agree on Android users but as A Windows 10 user I don't feel threatened by their intelligence. It's not like I have no idea about technology.
  • What does Android have to do with the apple watch and its users?
  • I have to agree. A lot of Apple "reviewers" do seem like they're getting paid, or are just fans that won't report anything negative.
  • There's literally no such thing as an "unbiased person". .It sounds like you are really looking for someone whose opinion coincides with yours. You tried the watch, and didn't like it? Fine. At least you were able to do so and then return it. It doesn't mean another person's opinion was bought, and it's a bit insulting to them to suggest so.
  • Lol, said as a true Apple fan. There is no such thing as an unbiased person to an Apple person. It is inconceivable that someone could form an objective opinion. Research has discovered that Apple users react with a different part of their brain to their iPhone, the same area that is activated when we see someone we love. Jim is totally loony, to an outside person it feels like watching a drunk being silly. Except their are many drunks that all have the same silly brain dead behavior. That guy asking for an objective person... It's like asking a terrorist organization for a pacifist spokesperson.
  • Windows 10 users who came by way of Lumia, by way of Nokia, are the greatest die-hards in mobile tech. How many times does that ship have to sink? The device you own is flawed, from a line of flawed devices that can't breach 5% global market share. Websites covering your devices can't do click-bait articles because nobody cares. Reporting seems more genuine because it's by, and for, commiserating. staunch fans. So boring and so little hope, you troll an Apple site to tell us how we're brain-dead loyalists for buying products that close to a billion people would likely buy again.
  • I use Windows 10 on a (fantastic) laptop. I don't see what this has to do with me criticizing an Apple watch. Keep the debate focused please.
  • Trolls skip the article and go right to stirring up mud in the comments, which you did by saying, "There is no such thing as an unbiased person to an Apple person. It is inconceivable that someone could form an objective opinion." Insulting Jim Dalrymple and Apple fans who appreciated his candor, which you dismissed. The article requires no debate, unless you're pro-over-eating-drinking-smoking-and-no-exercise. If you don't respect Jim's transformation, that's your problem and not worthy of debate here.
  • What's worthy and what's not appears to just be your opinion.
  • That some powerful lovy feely argumentation you've got there. Let us all respect Jim in his transformation and ascension to enlightenment. And then you wonder why people call the iFollowing a sect. ..
  • I dunno. I see something very wrong when a person/society only decides to take basic exercise seriously when it comes incorporated in a gadget. But hey, if it does help people stay healthy, I have no right to complain. Cheaper than visiting a doctor or nutritionist, for sure..... unless you're buying the tacky Edition models.
  • I agree with you, but that doesn't make it a knock on the gadget itself. If anything, good on the gadget (and its maker) for being able to seize the opportunity to make people more aware. If people aren't otherwise aware though, that's on them for generally being lazy, which as you stated, is indicative of a larger problem in our society.
  • If any of you trolls actually read the article, you'd see he calls out many of the flaws, yet states that it is still a useful device for him. It is by no means gushy praise. He doesn't mention design or the bands etc. He never calls it a revolutionary miracle. He doesn't claim Apple created the category.
    Anyhow, on the other hand, the "personal" stuff that "changed his life" ... Yeah, he used HealthKit on iPhone for the majority. But he does emphasize that the watch gives him that extra awareness & encouragement.
    There is no such thing as a perfect device or ecosystem. Your Android & Windows devices all have their flaws, don't pretend they're perfect, that makes you a fan boy. And don't assume every Apple user thinks their shit don't stink, that makes you an a-hole.
  • What, that people who never wore a watch now where a watch? How novel... Sent from the iMore App
  • On too many occasions, some people have falsely claimed that fans of Apple and its products and services cannot have unbiased opinions. That may be true for some people, but it is far from true for others. For someone like Jim who's very knowledgeable in regard to Apple and has written about the company for 20 years, it's difficult for some people to not be biased toward him. Think about it. I'd argue that every person who owns an Apple product can list a few pros and cons, and if that person can list both pros and cons, how can he or she be biased about it? Jim expressed in print how the Watch has affected him personally. Bias is moot in this regard.
  • People have to rationalize why they make unnecessary expensive purchases. It's not that Jim is biased, but his mind has to come up with a reason why the Watch wasn't frivolous. We all know it is, that no one needs this.
  • I have my sport space grey five days now. First day I taught I had wasted my money but now I love it. Once you just forget about it and use it as a watch then the features like quickly looking at texts email and answering the odd call while your busy it then just becomes great. Another thing Iove is its so comfortable I forget it's on my wrist. Sent from the iMore App
  • I could not agree with you more. The Watch is most certainly the type of personal tech that is not truly understood by onlookers (except that it is obviously beautiful), but rather by those that have an intimate connection with it strapped to their wrist, and cultivated by daily use. Sent from the iMore App
  • This is true of most tech wearables. Note that it is not called the iWatch because it is not connected to Internet directly unlike other watches in the market. Apple just call it the Apple Watch.
  • I'm kind of a fanboy with an iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air. My wife has an iPhone and iPad. I ordered the Watch 38 minutes after they went on sale. I finally got it the beginning of June. I returned it a week later and happily went back to my Pebble, which does everything I need and for me works better. I'll probably try the Watch again next year. No one else I know has a Watch and I have not seen any in the wild. If you read Jim's review closely you'll see that his major transformation happened long before he got the Watch. Slam away...
  • SLAM! Just kidding.
    Yeah, the only thing that is great about the Watch is that it has full access to APIs. So while I enjoyed using my Pebble and MS Band, the Watch is the only one allowed to have actionable notifications and the ability to talk to Siri or reply to a text. Apps are crap and I don't like the Activity monitoring. One example of Apple being Apple is demonstrating the Watch remote for the iPhone camera, versus the Watch app ProCam remote for their camera app of the same name. Native remote camera gets something that looks like 15fps in the live view, while ProCam runs at something like 5fps. I'll bet Apple's API for devs are gimped.