Like many early Apple Watch buyers, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will choose the entry-level Sport version at launch on April 24, he said during an interview with the Australian Financial Review (via 9to5Mac).
“If you buy the really high-priced ones, the jewellery ones, then you’re not buying a smartwatch that has a bunch of apps … Like a Rolex watch, you’re buying if for prestige and a label and a symbol of who you are,” Mr Wozniak said. “I’m just not going to buy it for jewellery’s sake until I know it’s something I’m going to want around me and on me and use every single day continually as a permanent part of my life,” he said. “Then maybe I’d consider looking into getting the nicer jewellery version.”
Wozniak has previously tried other smartwatches such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but these devices and the marketing machinery behind them couldn’t convince him to wear them much. Now he wants to judge whether the device signed by Apple will be worth a permanent wrist space. To test the usefulness of the Apple Watch, Wozniak says he will stick with the Apple Watch Sport instead of purchasing one of the high-end Edition models.
One of the reasons, he says, would be an app, for example, that could make it “hugely advantageous” to wear it all the time. A possible pretender would be Apple Pay.
During the interview, Wozniak also commented on Apple’s possible car plans. From his perspective, the car market is just the right market for a company of Apple’s size:
“There are an awful lot of companies right now who are playing with electric cars and there’s a lot more playing with self-driving cars, this is the future and it might be huge … there are so many openings here and it is perfect territory for a company like Apple.”
Rumours of Apple’s electronic car plans surfaced earlier this year, with Bloomberg’s sources claiming the company will step into that market in 2020. Although reports uncovered Apple’s recent hirings that suggest a strong interest in the area, the rumour mill quickly became silent on the matter.