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Apple Watch Changing News Viewing Habits

Apple Watch Changing News Viewing Habits
Apple Watch Changing News Viewing Habits

Apple's new wearable is expected to sell in the hundreds of millions this year, with that in mind a new application ecosystem is emerging for smaller screens according to IBN. News organisations wishing to push the boundaries of news have developed a new business called "glance journalism'.

The Apple Watch, along with its Android counter parts is likely to push this new form of medium to the forefront of technology in the near future. Apple is likely to take the lead in this new news era, of short bites of information, which makes Twitter look like novel in comparison.

The New York Times says its app for the Apple Watch will be "a new form of storytelling" and that "editors on three continents" will update notifications.

Readers will be able to "hand off" an article to view on an iPhone or iPad. Yahoo will have four apps for the Apple device, including a news digest updated hourly with "microsummaries" of major stories, as well as apps for fantasy sports, weather and one specifically for Hong Kong news.

CNN and National Public Radio also have apps for the Apple Watch, and others are expected to follow.

The new technology means more bite-size news being directed at consumers, say media analysts.

"We are about to enter the era of 'at a glance journalism'," says Mario Garcia, a consultant with Garcia Media and faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, in a blog post.

Garcia, who is also participating in a research project on news for smartphones with Arhus University of Denmark, said he is "fascinated" with the possibilities.

"It is more difficult to pull an iPhone out of one's pocket or a purse in a crowded New York City subway that it would be to glance at one's watch," he said.

"So, I predict that we will be doing a lot of glancing, as in reading seductive headlines and deciding if we read or not.

The emergence of wearables offers a new platform for the news media - one that is fast, personal and always on, says Robert Hernandez, who teaches mobile journalism at the University of Southern California.

"The ability to access knowledge will be quicker with the watch," Hernandez told AFP. For newsrooms, it is "a new opportunity to be part of this person's body," Hernandez said.

No Iranian news organization has announced their intentions to make a wearable accessible version of their sites, but it is likely considering the growth in Iran's mobile app industry that third-party application developers will jump on the growth in the new industry.