Yes, everybody has an opinion on any topic. Sometimes more than one perspective on the same issue. Wasn’t it just last year when Apple was the darling of Wall Street? What happened? Reality. I just checked and AAPL seems to be doing OK again. What goes up, must come down, yes, but often it works the other way, too.
Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago when Apple lost its mojo and innovation crown to Samsung? Again? Yes, Samsung has a foldable Galaxy model, the Fold, and guess what? It folded. What if what happened to Samsung happened to Apple?
Oh, the humanity!
Apple has loving and adoring customers, and more than a few haters who seem to hate just for the hell of it. Or, because negative headlines get more readers than positive headlines. It’s called Negativity Bias. It’s a thing. You see it all over the interwebs.
This week it came from Evan Schuman:
Why I’ve learned to hate my Apple Watch
We’re not talking about the slow Apple Watch Series 0, or even Series 2, but the latest and greatest, Apple Watch Series 4 which is near and dear to my heart; an incredible device that makes other wearables look sad.
Negativity Bias being what it is, such an article about hating something from Apple will get far more views than anything positive about Apple Inc.
In a perfect world, the Apple Watch Series 4 could be great. With a few easy settings, a glance at the watch would deliver time, temperature, the dial-in details for your next appointment or many other things that would be helpful. But we don’t live in a perfect world.
If we did we might get insightful analysis instead of a list of complaints which point back to the user first. Oh, and by the way, Apple Watch Series 4– not previous Watch models– has a few new watchfaces which sport more Complications which make the device even more useful.
I glance at Watch and get time, temperature, steps walked, exercise updates, Calendar events, and more.
With a glance. How cool is that? Apparently, not cool enough for haters that gonna hate.
Much of my fury is caused by missed opportunities. With a few small tweaks, the Apple Watch experience could be one of happiness and efficiency. Fortunately for Apple, I am now going to share those tweaks. Until then, though, I will continue to curse at this buzzy, won’t-show-me-what-I-want-except-when-I-don’t-want-it, overpriced annoyance.
Schuman then lists complaint after complaint from the cellular option to multimedia controls (not enough) to driving directions to the built-in Fall Alert to how quickly the display comes one to check time to the fact that Watch display doesn’t work well with gloves.
Let’s blame Apple because Watch display just isn’t big enough. It needs to be sized like an iPad mini, right? Then you’ll be able to see as many controls as you need. Somehow Schuman didn’t figure out that Siri can open apps so you can see information without having to take off exercise gloves or winter gloves. Amazing.
That’s the nature of complaining, though. Haters gonna hate and it’s science that complaints get more views than praise. I think it’s time we learned to hate the haters.