2015 Israel & Morocco Trip Extra Edition – AppleWatch Opening Ceremony in Marrakech

ApplegadgetIsrael and Morocco Travel 2015 GW

In Marrakech, Morocco for some reason!

Booked but left just before arrival

As previously announced on this blog, I had pre-ordered an Apple Watch.



Now, it’s time to open the package!

So, in the early morning of April 20, 2015, I started the Apple Watch opening ceremony in a riad in Marrakech. Here is the stage.

First of all, the box is long and big. It is rather disturbing.

Here is a set of contents.

And finally, the watch is opened. It might be cooler than expected.


I was anxious about how much I could do the setting while traveling, but I heard that I could do the initial setting without much communication according to various information, so I challenged the setting. As for the conclusion, I was able to finish the initial setting without a big load though it took time by the extent that I selected a language setting and some apps available for Apple Watch as surely as information.

First, set the language.



Comfort, ease of use, etc.

After a rather lengthy initial setup, the Apple Watch is finally ready to use, but how does it feel?

First, the clock function. It is basic.


そして、文字盤の変更をするには、AppleWatchの画面を強く1秒ほど押します。AppleWatchから新しく搭載されたテクノロジー[highlight]「フォースタッチ(Force Touch)」[/highlight]の活用です。

In the force touch function, you can also use it when you do the other “map address search”. There still seem to be few applications that can utilize this force touch effectively, but I look forward to its development in the future.

feeling of being worn


As for the belt size, two sizes (S/M and M/L) were available by default. When shipped, the S/M belt is installed.

It seemed to be able to be attached somehow even in this size, but I replaced it with the belt of one upper size M/L with room. It is very easy to replace, and Apple has thought this through very well.

So, in my case, I use a M/L size belt and use the third hole from the bottom to secure it as you can see.

Is the size of the wrist circumference like 160mm or 170mm? Is it thin for a man?


I’m comfortable with the “notification” feature.

iPhoneを使っていてイマイチその良さを感じない[highlight]「通知」[/highlight]機能ですが、これに関してはApple Watchとよい連携ができており、ウェアラブル端末の良さをとても享受していると思いました。文章や写真ではイマイチその良さを伝えづらいですが、これがあるがゆえ、一日中腕にAppleWatchを着けておくインセンティブが出ているといっても過言ではありません。

For example, every time you receive an email at the office, the iPhone on silent mode on your desk shakes, which is quite surprising. It’s the same when you have your iPhone in your breast pocket.

しかし、Apple Watchを装着していると、メール等の通知が来た時、机の上、胸ポケットのiPhoneは震えることがなく、振動は全てApple Watchで起こるので、前述のようにびっくりすることはありません。


At first glance, this may seem like an unimportant feature, but once you try it, I think you’ll find it useful and comfortable. But it’s still hard to convey in writing, so I’m not sure I’ll get much support!

“Map, car navigation” function

I actually used it in Morocco and I think it is quite comfortable to use. It’s convenient because it vibrates to let you know when you are approaching a turn.

However, Apple’s map function itself needs to be more developed. It’s also true that it’s easier to handle the iPhone when it’s fixed to the dashboard of the car and used in conjunction with it.

However, I used it for the first time in a long time, and I think that it improved a lot from before. In fact, Google map was not able to do voice guidance in Morocco, but Apple’s one was able to do, you know. I realized that it becomes much easier to drive when there is a voice guide again.

Other apps, such as “running apps”.

時々ランニングをする自分とっては一番気になるアプリ、活用方法でしょう。僕はRunkeeperを利用していますが、これもApple Watch対応しております。ただし、残念なのはRunkeeperは[highlight]「グランス」[/highlight]に対応していないこと

「グランス」とは、AppleWatchの画面を下にスライドすることでアプリの一部のコンテンツを見ることができる機能。ここへの登録はiPhoneのApple Watchアプリでsetupします。「グランス」に登録していたほうが走りながら使いやすいんですよね。今後の更新に期待しましょう。

A world where the hardware side is already supported and the software side is delayed.



This reminds me of a Tesla test drive I once went to.

テスラの試乗会 at 箱根ターンパイクに行ってきました | my lifelog yuu-koma.jp http://www.yuu-koma.jp/?p=9395

It’s about Tesla’s self-driving capabilities, where the car already has self-driving capabilities, and it’s just a matter of waiting for the software and the system to respond.

This is something that goes hand in hand with the Apple Watch, and it’s what I’m most excited about with this new gadget. However, this may be an aspect that is difficult to understand in the traditional Japanese way of thinking.

なお、Apple Watch発展のためには、[highlight]Siriの発展は絶対に欠かせない[/highlight]と思います。

The Apple Watch doesn’t have a built-in keyboard at the moment, so it’s important to use your voice to type.


Who is the Apple Watch for?

In summary, the Apple Watch is a

  1. 自分で使い方を考えていける人
  2. 単に新しいもの好きの人
  3. 先に高機能のハードをリリースし、後からソフト側を対応させていくという概念と威力を理解できる人

If it is, it is something that you can naturally fit in. Especially 3 might be important.


Conversely, the Apple Watch will need to go through this process to establish support. For that to happen, it should depend on how well the upgrade goes this fall.