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Apple's new watch is gorgeous, fast and packed with brains. It's going to finally usher in the age of wearable tech. Why that may not be a good thing.

Apple isn't in the business of inventing things, or at least not primarily. It practices a grislier trade: resurrection. The company's modus operandi is to browse for dead product categories, looking for freshly dug graves that might contain carrion ripe for reanimation--digital music players, tablet computers. Sometimes it comes across the walking dead, like the smartphone business, which had died though nobody noticed.

When it finds a likely candidate, Apple dissects it and studies the various causes of death. Then it builds something so completely thought through, so seductively designed, so snugly embedded in webs of content and services and communications, that it not only lives again, it thrives to the point of annihilating memories of anything that came before. Apple creates demand for things that there previously was no demand for. It takes products we never wanted and convinces us we can't live without them. It does this better than any company in the world.

This time Apple has dug up a truly grim specimen...

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