Why Now for Apple Watch
What Ben Thompson (and John Gruber) are saying is that if the watch is simply an accessory to an iPhone, it’s got problems. And there is some evidence that this is the case, especially the lack of a cell modem. However, both Thompson and Gruber think the watch is best understood as a standalone device – a computer on your wrist.
It’s interesting that the watch is appearing alongside the iPhone 6 Plus, which sounds like a very good companion to it – big enough to be more of a tablet, but also opening up an opportunity for something smaller and easier to get at.