After being ignored, marginalised and then removed from the keyboard, it looks like the venerable OS X Dashboard just took one more step towards being excised completely. I'm honestly surprised it took this long. In it's prime, it was good for quick tasks (like using the calculator widget) or checking some information at a glance. However, that's also what the iPhone is good at. My own personal shift away from the Dashboard corresponds exactly to when I bought my first iOS device. * 

And now, for much of what the Dashboard does, the Apple Watch is even better than the iPhone.**

Just kill it, already.

*  An iPod Touch, as it happens, but the same principle applies.

 ** Not as a calculator, though. Been there, hated that.

The War of Pockets and Wrists

Among the doubters of the nascent but, I think, promising smartwatch market, I often hear something along these lines...

Why would I want a smartwatch? My smartphone does all the same things and it only takes a second to get it from my pocket.

My usual reply to such people is that the war between a device in your pocket and a device on your wrist has been waged before - and the pocket watch lost. 

While that argument is true, it's a little simplified because the pocket watch and wristwatch were both single-function devices and that single function worked perfectly well when shrunk down to a size that fitted on your wrist. However, the smartphone has a large screen which is used to its fullest. With a smaller, more limited display, a smartwatch will not be able to do nearly as much. So, unlike my analogy of the war of the watches, the smartwatch is inherently crippled compared to a smartphone. 

The basic point, however, is still a good one and is borne out by a thousand other inventions like the TV remote, garage remote, smart homes, microwaves, keyless entry, voice control on your phone, NFC payments, and even things like SSDs and the relentless march of faster, more powerful computer processors.

You should never, ever underestimate an invention that saves time, even if the time it saves if less than a second.