Apple finally moves beyond the shadow of Steve Jobs with a truly life-changing product
Some industry watchers believed that Apple couldn't move out of the shadow of Steve Jobs and carve out for itself a new and different direction. Yesterday, under the leadership of Tim Cook, Apple proved them wrong.
There has been no shortage of industry pundits who thought that Apple couldn't move out from the shadow of co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs was seen as the ideas guy, while current CEO Tim Cook has come across more as a caretaker, given the job of squeezing as much revenue as possible out of iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
Not only can the Apple Watch now pick up on high and low heart rates, it can pick up on irregular heartbeats. To top things off, Apple has built an electrocardiogram device right into the Apple Watch Series 4.
Yes, that's right. You can get an ECG done in 30 seconds by just holding your finger against the Digital Crown.
All this from a device that has a starting price of $399.
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And not only that, but it can detect if the wearer has a trip or fall, and can even call the emergency services.
I'm not usually blown away by technology, but if this works as well as Apple says it does, this blows me away.
The new Apple Watch seems to me like a device that takes Apple in a new directions. Yes, sure, Apple is still about selling iPhones and expensive accessories and renting users movies and music to fill our time, but there's now little doubt that Apple is in the business of saving lives.
And that generates the sort of publicity that no amount of money can buy or fanboy zealotry can generate.
Yesterday Apple moved from under the shadow of Steve Jobs, and it did it in an understated and refined way. There wasn't even a "one more thing." Apple's COO Jeff Williams dropped in new heart health features and built-in ECG like he was introducing new bands for the Apple Watch, instead of introducing features that will save lives.
For some, this will be the most life-changing product that Apple has ever made.
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