Features Missing on the Apple Watch

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The new Apple Watch is coming in April. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

The Apple Watch isn't the first smartwatch to hit the market, but it is certainly the device most believe will turn a niche market mainstream. The device is set to go on sale on April 10th, with an actual ship date of April 24th, but will Apple Watch really light a fire under "wearable technology"? Or will it be more akin to Apple TV, which sells well, but doesn't have quite the same mass popularity as other Apple products?

Not Waterproof

The Apple Watch is "water resistant", which means you can wash your hands while wearing it or take it out in the rain, but you can't take a dip in the pool with it wrapped around your wrist. While this might not be a big deal for a smartphone or a tablet, a device designed around fitness should be able to count your calories while you take laps in the pool.

No Camera

One nice feature of the Apple Watch is the ability to make phone calls. But if you want to put a face to the voice, you ware out of luck. The Apple Watch doesn't include a camera, which means no FaceTime. While the lack of video conferencing isn't likely to dissuade anyone from buying the smartwatch, it would definitely make for a cool feature.

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No Advanced Health Monitoring

The original plan for the Apple Watch included the ability to monitor a user's blood pressure and stress levels. While the heartbeat monitor is great, these additional features will likely come in the 2nd generation of the Apple Watch.

For those that are looking forward to the health and fitness aspects of the Apple Watch, this will mean a likely upgrade only a year after purchasing the watch.

No Data Connectivity

The Apple Watch supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which will allow it to use your iPhone's data connection, but it doesn't have access to 4G on its own.

This means if you want to get social media status updates, email messages, text messages or any other means of connecting to the world at large, you'll still need your iPhone in your pocket.

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No Independence

The lack of data connectivity leads us to a larger problem with the Apple Watch: a lack of independence. While it will no doubt become the most popular smartwatch, in essence, it is really an iPhone accessory. The need to piggyback on your iPhone to connect to the Internet or show "glances" of iPhone apps means the watch won't be so useful without that iPhone in your pocket. Which really makes the Apple Watch more like a second screen and a remote control rather than a truly "smart" device.

No Killer App

Despite the lack of independence, there are a lot of really cool things about Apple Watch. It may be an iPhone accessory, but it's a pretty awesome one. Anyone that has ever gotten a dirty look from a spouse because they pulled out their iPhone to read an incoming message or check a sports score would no doubt love a screen attached to their wrist. And, obviously, it's great for health enthusiasts.

But what is the wider appeal? The lack of a killer app or a major feature that goes beyond the usefulness of the smartphone may keep the Smart Watch from reaching a wider audience.

Of course, that is almost exactly what was said about the iPad. And it went on to define a new area of computing.

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