Welcome to the future!

If the future involves you paying for cake with a magic device on your wrist, then yes. Welcome.

Today, I bought some groceries at M&S and paid for it all by waving my Apple Watch at the self-service check-out. I’ve been able to do this for a few weeks now, since Apple Pay launched in the UK, but this was the first time I’d used the watch. Mere moments before, @FrankDJS had managed to lose me in the store and, as he does, called my mobile to find me.

(I’m small and easy to lose between the aisles of most shops).

I answered him on my Apple Watch, just like Dick Tracey. It was all very exciting.

And then paying for my purchases with the watch? I didn’t know where to look, I was beside myself with geeks pride. Nobody else in the entire store batted an eye, which almost put pay to my lingering embarrassment about using an Apple Watch in public this way.

(Just a few minutes earlier, I’d seen a guy unsuccessfully ordering Siri to call someone, via his Apple earbuds. I didn’t want to look equally awkward.)

In the last few weeks, I’ve used my Apple Watch to track my fitness, read and send text messages, tidy up my email inbox, check the weather, find directions to meetings and check my to-do list. Not bad at all for a tiny device with a 42mm screen.

Watch OS 2.0 will definitely be an improvement, but for this user, the Apple Watch is  proving itself very handy indeed. Not life-changing, but useful.

Especially in the cake-buying department. Oh. And it was a Victoria Sponge, in case you’re interested. I’d share a photo, except…

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