My Take After 6 Months of Having an Apple Watch

I just hit the 6 month mark of having an Apple Watch and I've gone through a range of emotions with it. I ordered it on day 1 and still remember getting it and the wow factor of how nice the packaging was (took me a week to throw away the box) and the onboarding experience of a personal call with video showing me how to setup and use it.  

Honestly, I didn't need the video tutorial as the setup was pretty intuitive and the functionality was pretty limited on Day 1.  Here were the range of emotions feelings I've had about the watch:

  • First 30 Days: I feel like a baller/inspector gadget, this things is sweet!
  • 30-90 days: It's kinda cool, but unnecessary and not worth the expense.  
  • 90 days - present: I can't imagine not having it.  I'd love to ditch my phone and just use this!

Honestly, the watch is still not a necessity, but it sure does prove convenient.  For me it is like when I first got a second monitor for my computer. It really didn't seem necessary, but today it's hard for me to imaging functioning without it.  My watch is my second monitor for my iPhone and it's pretty stinkin' amazing!  

Here's what I love:

  • Siri on my wrist - I rarely used Siri before, but now I use it almost daily
  • Notifications on the go - whether in a meeting or driving, getting notifications on my wrist works on the go where my phone doesn't.
  • Time and temperature - it seems strange as I haven't used a watch in years, but being able to instantly check the time and temperature on my wrist is really nice.  

Since it's not really part of the core function of the technology I didn't want to list it, but I do want to say that the size is fantastic. I got the smaller one and still thought it might be too big.  It's not at all!  I've switched between a custom leather band and a sport band and have loved both.  I feel like I have a Swatch watch like I did in middle school :)

Now, here's where I see some improvements available:

  • Louder speaker - answering the phone on my wrist is cool, but currently the speaker is too weak to work when not completely isolated.
  • Video camera - I think video conferencing from the watch is natural (even though it's small) and this functionality will be a great enhancement in the future
  • More native functionality - at this point the watch primarily just functions as a second screen from your phone, but I think as development opens up being able to do more natively on the watch will create even greater value.

If you have an Apple watch, I would love to know what you think!  If you don't I would love to know what's holding you back?

Realism and Idealism: Understanding Gen Z

As a parent of a 3 year old and a 6 year old I'm curious how technology will effect them.  I seriously grew up with a black and white TV and an antenna and didn't have internet in our house until I was a Senior in High School.  The world has changed tremendously since then and my girls have known how to navigate Netflix since they were 2.  

There is no doubt that these new technologies will effect them tremendously in both positive and negative ways.  Not surprisingly, our plan is to not shelter our kids technology, but to fully embrace it and lean into the positives as much as possible.  But at the same time, we plan to maintain as many controls as possible.

The video you're about to watch looks at the generation that will come before my kids and is vastly different from any other generation before.  There is a perspective that they have had from an early age that shapes the way they see the world and how they interact with it.

As church leaders it seems we're still trying to figure out Millennials, but lets not ignore an even more complex generation behind that is the Gen Z.  Take a look at this video and let it soak in a little as you consider what this means for the church and how we should strive to engage them into the life of our local congregations.