Daniel Eran Dilger compares Apple’s iPod and Watch and sees similarities others do not.
iPod took nearly four years to develop into an outstanding smash success. After four years of blockbuster iPod sales, Apple applied many of the manufacturing lessons it had learned from building mass market iPods to produce the first iPhone in 2007, which unlike earlier iPods ran a scaled down version of Apple’s desktop Mac OS, using a mobile-optimized UI with the ability to run powerful “desktop class” native apps.
iPod to iPhone, yes, but where does Watch fit in? Remember, iPod took four years to be successful Where does Watch stand now?
Last year alone, it generated around $7 billion in revenue with high margins. That’s comparable with the performance of Amazon Web Services cloud business, and by itself as a product is already far more valuable than the entire hardware business of Amazon Fire, Google Nexus, Alphabet Nest, or Microsoft Surface.