The feature has often been couched as the realization of the two-way wrist radio worn by Dick Tracy, a comic strip character who made his debut way back in 1931.
Apple CEO Tim Cook made reference to the fictional detective’s radio, designed like a wristwatch, in his March 9 keynote introducing the Apple Watch to the world.
“I have been wanting to do this since I was 5 years old,” Cook exclaimed. “The day is finally here.”
Yes, the day is here – to be fair that day arrived a while ago on watches from Samsung, among others. But it’s not quite Dick Tracy because you need an iPhone, too. That’s because the watch does not have cellular capability like the iPhone. More