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The Apple Watch is launching for sale with retailers soon, and the reviews are coming in for Apple's first ever wearable. Big things are expected of the device, which should become the first smartwatch breakout success and will shift millions of units. However, according to early reviews, the Apple Watch falls into the same problems of other smartwatches, you simply do not need this product like you do a smartphone or a tablet.

The consensus is that the Apple Watch is a good products, but it is so reliant on the iPhone that it is hard to see it as a standalone item.

Bloomberg summed this up nicely, suggesting that the Apple Watch is merely an extension of the company's flagship handset.

Yes, all these new functions, notifications, and tapping do make the Apple Watch very distracting. In some ways, it can be more distracting than your iPhone, and checking it can feel more offensive to people around you than pulling out your phone. The watch wants and needs you now, as its insistent taps make painfully clear. And to see what the Apple Watch wants and needs, you must physically move it into view. If while you're talking to someone, you check your regular watch, it can feel as if you're sending a not-so-subtle "let?s wrap this up" message. With the Apple Watch, factoring in the animated wrist-whip and the length of some of the notifications you receive, it's downright rude.

Re/Code points out that this reliance on the iPhone will mean that the Apple Watch will no appeal to everyone, even if they are rocking the smartphone.

From a technology standpoint, it is an extension of the iPhone. And just like the smartphone, it starts to change your habits over time.

It's swiping through pictures of family on your wrist, seeing your heart rate spike when you're watching an exciting game, and getting a glimpse of a message when you're rushing between classes or meetings. It's trying really, really hard not to look at your wrist when you're in the middle of a meeting. In our new world of too-many-devices, it somehow becomes the second thing you reach for when you roll out of bed

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The Verge followed the general trend, calling the Apple Watch the best smartwatch on the market, but used the review to point out that the wrist wearable is still nascent and in fact it is hard to see the real purpose of any smartwatch.

It is one of the most ambitious products I've ever seen; it wants to do and change so much about how we interact with technology. But that ambition robs it of focus: it can do tiny bits of everything, instead of a few things extraordinarily well. For all of its technological marvel, the Apple Watch is still a smartwatch, and it's not clear that anyone's yet figured out what smartwatches are actually for.

If you are willing to go along on that journey, then you'll enjoy the Apple Watch. It is a bauble, after all, and baubles delight simply by their presence. Apple will update the software, and developers will make apps, and Google and Samsung and Microsoft will release competitors, and the people who love technology will have something to buy and argue about, talismans that display tribal affiliations.

The New York Time also praised the product while saying the device has a steep learning curve, something that is not like Apple.

Unlike previous breakthrough Apple products, the Watch's software requires a learning curve that may deter some people. There's a good chance it will not work perfectly for most consumers right out of the box, because it is best after you fiddle with various software settings to personalize use. Indeed, to a degree unusual for a new Apple device, the Watch is not suited for tech novices. It is designed for people who are inundated with notifications coming in through their phones, and for those who care to think about, and want to try to manage, the way the digital world intrudes on their lives.

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Apple is the toast of Wall Street and the tech world once again, but many a wondering when the next big thing will come from the company. However, it is actually just around the corner as Cupertino has not actually released the Apple Watch yet, announcing the device way back in September but not launching it. Read More »

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IDC is among of the most reputable market researchers on the planet and the company has been looking at the Canadian market and predicting wearable trends in the country through 2015. Sure, Canada is not a tech and consumer electronics hotspot, but the data for the country seems come out equal to a similar worldwide trend that is widely predicted in the smartwatch market during the coming 12 months. IDC reports that wearable sales will rise significantly on the heels of the Apple Watch, something that is thought will also happen on a worldwide level. Read More »

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It is widely thought that the Apple Watch will kickstart the wearable market and become the first big hit for the niche. Wall Street certainly thinks so as analysts believe this will be the breakout smartwatch success that will be the first true wearable hit. Up until now individual smartwatch sales are counted in the hundreds of thousands, while the overall industry only sold 7 million units through the first half of this year. Read More »

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The Apple Watch made its debut in September but the company confirmed that the wearable would not be landing until 2015. There were reasons why Apple launched a product that would take months to arrive, but at least now there seems to be some official confirmation as to when the smartwatch will arrive. Read More »

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has sat down for a PBS interview with Charlie Rose to discuss all things Cupertino, touching on a number of pressing issues regarding the company. Among the topics on the agenda were Steve Jobs, why the iPhone now has a larger screen, new products, and a discussion about which company is Apple’s closest rival. Read More »

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Apple pulled a mini surprise today by launching the Apple Watch. Yes, we very much thought that Cupertino’s first wearable would land at the iPhone 6 launch event, but we suspected it to be called the iWatch. Instead it gets another name, but how does it hold up against the rest of the competition in the smartwatch market? Read More »

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