And that is the name of the game for the present and the future. Massive data banks, of every kind, are being built up by digital companies and mined for on-selling and niche advertising.
Governments are building up even bigger banks of data, with the National Security Agency in the US far ahead of the rest of the world.
As to success, when you are a company which is valued at more than US$700 billion, you can afford to put up with a few "failures". The margins on all Apple gadgets are huge and even balancing the books will be fine because of the massive amount of personal data that the watch will collect.
Any new devices that Apple creates will have an innate advantage because they will play perfectly with the existing ones – the iPhone, the iPad, the iMac and the MacBook, all of which are extremely popular among a certain class of user. And Apple's reputation for producing quality hardware will help sell any gadget it produces.
The Apple watch has the added advantage of being around on an individual more of the time than any other Apple device. You are bound to forget your mobile at times, but the watch, never. Its absence is more acutely felt as it is discernible to the user both by touch and sight.
The data conundrum is a frightening one if one looks at it a little closely. You only need what Australia digital expert George Brandis called metadata to build up a more or less complete profile of a human being's activities.
One visit to a psychiatrist could do an individual out of a job. One visit to a brothel could lead to a priest being defrocked. Unless you are a nitpicker, you will not bother to switch off the internet connectivity on your phone, watch or whatever.
One visit to the location of a crime scene — you could even just be passing by — and you may be asked to come to court to provide evidence. If governments do not have the geo-location data, they will probably buy it from digital companies. This means a good revenue source for Apple, among others.
Of course, this will not stop people from buying more and more of these devices. People have loads of spare time on their hands these days and any new — and novel — way of wasting time will be more than welcome. The era of looking at cat videos on the laptop may be drawing to a close and people will probably be looking at them on a watch soon.
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