I found myself thinking recently about the very first iPad that my wife and I bought. It was a present to ourselves purchased with some money we had been given for our wedding. We had no specific reason to get it, it was just something that we felt we wanted.
Scroll on five years and the iPad has become part of our lives with the original one still going and new ones appearing in the household over time. I run my day to day business from my iPad and my wife uses one as her main computing device rather than a laptop. Little did we know when the first iPad came into our house quite how it would end up becoming a part of our regular life.
Steve Jobs once said “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” The iPad was a dot for us which we had no expectation of leading anywhere but ended up leading everywhere.
This is one of the reasons why I'm looking forward to the release of the Watch which should be hitting shops sometime in Spring this year. Much like how I felt about the iPad in 2010, I have no idea how it might affect my life, I just know that I kind of want one. Will it lead to anything? Will it help me to be healthier or better connected to my friends and family? Who knows... but I can say one thing for sure: I won't know how a new product will affect me until I have it in my hand, or wrist in this case.
I'm looking forward to connecting some more dots going forward.