On September 9th, 2014, Apple introduced a new product alongside their larger iPhone 6s: the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is a wearable device – it is designed to be worn on the wrist and to act as both a watch and a personal computer. Sadly, many of its features won’t be operational in Egypt. Here are a few of them:
1. Send messages easily with voice command
One of the prominent features of the Apple Watch is the ability to dictate to your Apple Watch what you would like to send in a message. This feature sounds like a perfect thing… if you were a monolingual with an American accent. We Egyptians have quite an accent when and if we do speak in English, it’s sandwiched in a plethora of Arabic words. If Apple Watch can understand Franco-Arab, I’ll be impressed.
2. Pay with things using Apple Pay
Apple Pay allows you to store your credit card information on the Apple Watch. Then, using Near Field Communication (NFC), you can pay directly from your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or your Apple Watch. This feature is claimed to spell out the imminent death of wallets… if you were living in the United States. This feature will only be available in the United States when it is released in Egypt. Although we would hope to see a quick and rapid expansion by Apple, this technology requires infrastructural changes to shops and stores in Egypt, which is not going to happen anytime soon.
3. Benefit from automatic time features
Apple designed the Watch to always be accurate in timekeeping. That is to say, it uses the same technology that GPS satellites use in determining the exact time – regardless of time zone differences! This feature would save a lot of hassle…. If we weren’t living in a country that changes the time four times a summer. You need only check your feeds on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter to check the time lag that occurs when you post an image/status/tweet, only for it to say it was posted “an hour ago.” You need only imagine the same scenario with the Apple Watch.
4. Make a fashion statement
The Apple Watch comes with a plethora of options, ranging from different sized screens, six distinctive bands for the wrist, and three distinctive editions: Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition. The latter comes with an 18-karat gold case in either yellow or rose gold. These options would make fashion-enthusiasts ecstatic about the watch … if we weren’t living in a country that values the brand over functionality. Many people might be unwilling to get the Apple Watch because that means they’re going to have to take off their more expensive and fashionable watch.
5. Connect to the Internet properly
Apple Watch depends on your phone for connectivity, meaning that the Apple Watch cannot work on its own with all its functionalities. It, like the Google Glass, needs some sort of Internet connection to work. The personal hotspot of our phones would suffice… if we actually had reliable Internet connection on it. In the United States, for instance, the Internet on the phones reaches 4G and LTE connections, which are extremely fast in comparison to the 3G we currently have in Egypt. This problem might impair how quickly we are able to receive the information and how quickly the device works.
Now all that’s left is for us to see how these features will pan out once the Apple Watch is introduced to Egypt.