Apple’s announcements last month left people mostly talking about the iPhone X. Lost in the initial reaction was the new Apple Watch with cellular connectivity. It struck me as something I don’t want or need. Another 10 dollars a month (which my wife doesn’t want to spend) for another way to make phone calls (which I don’t like having) on my wrist (where I don’t want to have them).
But as these new watches have made their way out into the world, I’ve seen reports of an unexpected benefit to the Dick Tracey watch lifestyle: Freedom from Smartphones.
Apple Watch with cellular supports a critical slice of the features a smartphone provides, which means I get to enjoy best of both the old and new worlds: I am free from the temptation to waste quiet moments on social media and soul-crushing national news, but not at the expense of missing out on texts and phone calls from friends and family, or getting directions home, or triaging the occasional urgent email. This newfound flexibility is, simply put, mind-blowing.
I’ve never seriously considered going back to a flip phone or getting one of the rereleased Nokia 3100 dumb-phones. But I’ve flirted with the idea of the idea.
“Wouldn’t it be cool to be bored again?”
“Wouldn’t it be fun to not worry about whether those studies showing that we’re dumb when our phones are even nearby are accurate?”
“What if I could stop staring at Twitter in anger for hours on end, and instead could stare angrily at cable news for hours on end?”
What if we didn’t have that instant hit of dopamine within reach at all times?
Maybe the Apple Watch with LTE can provide a way of getting there without becoming unreachable for emergencies or donut orders.