Rolex Daytona Rainbow #116598RBOW
$78,408.00 ORIGINAL PRICE
$70,567.00 SALE PRICE
Now only $70.5k on sale.
What a bargain!
"a longer battery and a watch that stands alone without needing a phone"
Those two things are in conflict. Making it function stand-alone, especially for phone calls, would kill the battery life.
Anyway, 18 hours (even 16 if that's more realistic) should be plenty. Say you wake-up at 6:00, shower, etc. dress and maybe put on the watch at 6:30 to 7:00. Return home at 6:00 or 7:00 or even 8:00, and you could plug it in to charge then, but let's say you don't and you keep wearing it while you eat, watch tv, read, whatever. Let's say you prepare for bed at around 11:00 to 11:30 at which time you take off the watch while you brush your teeth, wash-up, change clothes, etc.
That's 15 to 17 hours from the time you put it on in the morning to the time you take it off before bed. And that's assuming you keep it on all day long. Personally, I take-off my watch in the evening, but who knows what people do.
Even if you wake at 6:00 and put on the watch immediately and go to bed at Midnight, and take-off the watch at the last minute before going to bed, that's 18 hours.
You connect it to your charger before going to bed and its fully charged before you wake.
And, frankly, this has you getting only 6 hours of sleep on a consistent basis which is not enough for good health.
More realistically, I could see taking it off and letting it charge while you relax in the evening. At some point, it's late enough that you don't have to monitor email, messages, calls, etc. closely, so take-off the watch and connect it to the charger at around 8:00 or 9:00 pm and RELAX. If you put it on again at 6:00 am, that'll be 14 or 15 hours, so there is a bit of a buffer if the 18-hour estimate is too "optimistic" or if you use it heavily.
Future versions will likely get better battery life as they slowly improve battery technology, but probably mostly as the processor, screen, etc. gets more energy efficient.
Well, even Cook said they were only making a very limited number of them, so I'm sure they are under no illusions of these selling in even the hundreds of thousands worldwide.
That said, there are certainly a few tens of thousands with the money and the vanity to buy one as a status symbol. But clearly, the Edition version is just a bit of an oddity.
Not gold plated.
Gold is not cheezy. Fake gold or thinly plated gold is cheezy.
Its like the difference between cubic zirconium and real diamonds.
I'm a bit disappointed that they did not include a Thunderbolt port. They have been standardizing on that for everything and even have Thunderbolt monitors with extra ports and a built-in Thunderbolt cable to plug-in to the computer.
I've hot a Thunderbolt monitor that works seamlessly with my MacBook Pro and my recent purchased Mac Mini, so now if I get a MacBook at some point, do I have to use an adapter to go from USB C to Thunderbolt? Considerinhg that they have been pushing Thunderbolt, it would seem like they could have included it on the other side of the device as a supplement to the USB C. Although, I suppose many people do not plug-in their notebooks to an external monitor, for them, this is not a problem.
The $10,000+ solid gold watches should be very popular.
The key is that, the Apple Watch Edition is NOT gold PLATED, it is actually made of SOLID 18 karat gold. Thus, the huge price tag.
But that makes it quite a status symbol because there is no other model Apple Watch that is anywhere near the same color. So people seeing it will know you must have money. Or you are just stupid and bought something you couldn't afford, but whichever sells the watches.
And the Chinese LOVE status symbols that show off the fact that they have money. As do many others elsewhere, of course.
Up 54 cents is pretty good for what was a high-risk day that could have seen a negative reaction to the product even as so often happens.
But seriously, the answer is that this is not meant for the average person.
To some, It is a very high-end iPhone accessory. To others it is a fashion statement. And to still others, it is both.
Believe it or not there are many people who pay thousands, even over ten thousand dollars for watches. And there are MANY more who pay hundreds of dollars. And all those watches do is tell the time and date.
I'm not one of these multi-thousand dollar Rolex types, but I did pay a couple hundred for a decent Seiko that looks nice. And, as I said, all that does is tell time and date.
He wasn't predicting it would go to $216. He was saying it is actually worth $216 now.
Of course, he obviously feels confident that the price will go up considerably from here. But that's not the same thing as an analysts' "target" in which they are saying the price will reach that level.
"Just imagine people walking around looking at their wrist watches."
Yes. It's difficult to envision people looking at their wrist watches since, until now, people have always read their watches by mental telepathy.
What's the benefit of "wireless charging"? Even if the phone doesn't have to be plugged-in, the charging unit still does. So you're just adding additional hardware and you still have to plug-in to the wall-socket.
I never understood this whole concern about removable batteries.
I've been using smartphones since about 2003 beginning with and mostly BlackBerries, but also a Treo 750 and most recently an iPhone 4S and an iPhone 6. Before that, I had regular cell phones for several years.
All but the iPhones had removable batteries, but I have never even owned an "extra" battery and the only time I ever removed a battery is when the phone crashed and the easiest way to cold-reboot it was to pull the battery and then put it back.
Additionally, if it is about battery replacement, some of my phones I had for three or four years and I never had a problem with the battery losing its ability to hold a charge. Maybe there was some degradation, but it was not significant and not a problem.
How is it that people have need to change batteries? My phones, including my iPhones, always last me all day and I then I recharge them. Maybe people are spending too much time yacking on the phone and killing their batteries. Otherwise, I think people just like to find reasons to complain.
That said, now that Samsung has copied Apple again, maybe people will shut-up about how Apple is evil because they don't use removable batteries.
The moves down closer to $125 is the "pullback." Maybe it could go to the low $120s.
If you wait for some mythical sub-$120 price, you'll miss a good entry point.
I think that could be true, but if consumer reaction to the Apple Watch is strong (people lined-up at stores, etc.) that would probably be an upside surprise. Most people seem to be saying now that it will be a marginal product, at best.
Also, even if it stays 120 to 130 until the next earnings report in two months, that's pretty good. I'll take that after a run-up from $105 to $110 range. And this next earnings announcement could be bigger than the last in terms of its affect on the share price.
If the report shows continued, strong iPhone sales, dispelling the notion that Q1 was a fluke due to pent-up demand for large screens, and if they announce a big, new buyback program will a nice dividend increase, that could send the price on another, at least $10 to $20 run and perhaps even more.
Given the fact that they hold more cash and have more cash flows than ever before and have issued more bonds twice recently, both in the U.S. and Switzerland, it seems likely they are planning a pretty big new buyback/dividend program, And don't underestimate the influence of Ichan pushing them to go bigger.
Be out of the stock for the next couple of months, if you wish, but you might miss a big move all because you lack the patience to wait a bit for the next leg-up. Don't be greedy and impatient demanding gains every week or even month. The long game pays-off with Apple. Look at the YOY gain.
At first, you used your fake "Sheepskinner" username (the one with only one "n" in skinner) as a tool to mock the real Sheepskinner. But now you are beginning to really sound like him.
Perhaps you've been possessed by the real Sheepskinner and he is taking his revenge on you for mocking him before. Do you need an exorcist?
The iPod was announced in November of 2001.
But, yes, obviously, if you had bought AAPL in 2003, it would have been the buy of the lifetime.
However, I still consider my shares purchased even in March/April of 2006 to have been a buy of a lifetime. That was at a split-adjusted price of about $8 per share.