Apple is now under the leadership of Steve Jobs's own handpicked successor, Tim Cook, but former Apple executives continue to chime in on their thoughts about the direction of the company. The latest former executive to comment is ex-CEO John Sculley who, when asked about the Apple Watch, said in an interview with The Street that the Apple Watch lacks the desired usefulness to make it a product worthy of financial investment: "I think the Apple Watch is beautiful, but it doesn't have enough utility to be something that I feel I have to have at this point in time." As the interview progresses, Sculley says that bringing cellular connectivity, or standlone WiFi (freeing the Apple Watch from the iPhone) would be one move in the right direction for the Apple Watch. While Sculley believes cellular connectivity or WiFi independence is key to an Apple Watch boom, Fitbit's CEO believes that Apple has thrown everything and the kitchen sink in the Apple Watch -- which Apple's wrist wearables rival doesn't think is a wise decision.
Currently, Apple has failed to reveal approximately how many sales of the Apple Watch it has seen, but some estimates from analysts go as high as 12 million (and heralding the Apple Watch as an even bigger phenom than the original iPhone) while others are more reserved at 7 million since the device went on sale in April 2015. Rumors continue to swirl that Apple will free the Apple Watch from the iPhone with the second-generation wearable headed to market by this year's end, but, as with all Apple products, one can never tell. Comparing Apple Watch sales to all other smartwatches, Apple is ahead by miles -- but apparently, some believe that the Apple Watch must win everyone over to be a big hit. I happen to think that preference for smartwatches or against them will always trump near-impossible tasks such as convincing everyone to purchase a wrist wearable that dons an Apple logo.