The inspiration behind the Apple Watch was the fact that phones were ruining our lives, as reported by Wired’s David Pierce. Pierce’s story has further interesting tidbits about the creation of the Watch, including how the first prototype was ironically an “iPhone rigged with a Velcro strap.” Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPads
When it goes on sale, the Apple Watch will have 34 variants on sale ranging from $350 to about $20,000. But it all began with an iPhone strapped to a Velcro band. This crude prototype was created out of necessity as the Apple team was working on a deadline, and they realized how the user experience mattered more than the hardware design. The team simulated the Watch’s display on an iPhone to test different elements of the UI, including messaging and calendars among others. Also Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
But how did they fake the Watch’s digital crown, you ask? The team built a custom dongle that plugged into the bottom of the phone through the cord jack. Kevin Lynch, VP of technology and company lead on the Apple Watch, admits that the “first true Apple Watch prototype was, like 10,000 Kickstarter projects, just a weird iPhone case with a strange accessory sticking out of it.” Also Read - Apple releases important iOS 14.7.1 update: iPhone users must download it right now
The story has interesting bits about how the Apple team came up with the UI for text messaging, as well as the Taptic Engine—which delivers tiny taps to your wrist based on the Watch’s notifications. The team used synesthetic methods, which essentially converts sounds to prods and buzzes.
What does a tweet feel like? What about an important text? To answer these questions, designers and engineers sampled the sounds of everything from bell clappers and birds to lightsabers and then began to turn sounds into physical sensations.