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Earlier today, The New York Times claimed that Cupertino-based tech giant Apple is reportedly working on a “smartwatch” product of its own. While rumors of an “iWatch” have been circulating for quite some time now, it’s interesting that they decide to reveal their plans for one so soon after the launch of Pebble’s smartwatch. Surely this ploy is in some way Apple’s attempt at showing up the competition as I’m sure the supposed iWatch will have certain features that Pebble’s smartwatch has yet to employ.

While Apple refuses to comment on whether they are actually in development about the product in question, people who are “familiar” with the company have described the device as standing out based on the fact that the device would make use of curved glass, and incorporating the company’s knowledge of how glass can comfortably conform to our bodies. They say the watch would run on iOS, which probably means it would feature a color display, unlike Pebble’s smartwatch. What I want to know is if people would be interested in having so much going on in something that was just supposed to be a simple device on your wrist to tell time.

The Pebble smartwatch is a simple concept that people like. It does the little things that people don’t like taking their phones out of their pockets to do. Say you’re busy and you feel that buzz buzz in your back pocket, but you don’t have the chance to check and see who it is. All you have to do is look at your smartwatch and that’s one less thing you have to wonder about. You can also check your e-mail and change the tracks if you’re listening to music. Oh yeah, and you can check the time too. The e-ink display of the Pebble smartwatch is easy on the eyes and uses big, easy-to-read font.

So where does Apple hope to run with this idea?

If you compare a cell phone from 10 years ago to a cell phone today, you can see exactly what has changed – everything. You take a device that was meant primarily for one purpose and you keep adding more features until your “phone” can basically do just as much as your computer can, if not more. The difference between these two scenarios, phone and watch, is that the smartphone was developed over a much longer period of time. People had to warm up to the idea at first – not everybody was on board with a crazy idea like being able to use the internet on our phones, or being able to navigate your way to somebody’s house without having to dial 411. The smartwatch is still an extremely new concept. It’s only been out for what, a month at most? I’m not sure if Apple has given people enough time to warm up to the idea, but that’s assuming that they plan on releasing one sometime within the next year.

If the “iWatch” would run on iOS, what kind of features would it carry over from what we see on the iPhone? I think the big question is whether the device would feature Siri. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine Apple creating an iWatch without it. There’s only so much “smartphone” functionality you can get with a screen the size of a watch, but with the technology of Siri you have the option to do more than just check messages; you’d be able to dictate messages back with your own voice. Honestly, Siri in a smartwatch would probably be more beneficial than Siri in a smartphone. It’s still kind of funny for me to raise an entire phone up to my face and talk to a intelligence bot. The idea of people talking into their watches is a little strange, but it’s a concept that’s been entertained in Hollywood and media for a long time coming. As the New York Times blog points out (and one of my first thoughts as well when hearing about a “smartwatch”) famous characters like Inspector Gadget and James Bond were both notorious for using a watch that did a lot more than it was supposed to. So I supposed based on that fact alone it would seem like the stigma surrounding a watch with those features is not as heavily criticized as a phone would have been at the time of its release.

Readers, what would you think about a watch running on iOS? Would you be more interested if it did more or less? Let me know your thoughts!

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Joe Gonzales Fuck no! Note 2 all day
Josef Ruiz Depends on what it exactly does, if it works just like how a phone would, then there would be no point. Talent Trust - Offshore with a difference
Tejasva Malhotra LOL nope, Sony Smartwatch is the one
Roger Ohlsson would be interested in a s-watch
Kizito Nestor Hahaha...I need to laugh...seriously? ...so next will be apple ishoes?...
Gihan GotThat No.....maybe inspector gadget would be interested though lol
Robert Salender http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvdf5n-zI14
Zak Taylor No need, Sony has one, the Pebble is nice too, and I have a watch I just bought for $125... so no. I want a watch to tell time, not to link to my iPhone and vibrate every time Zuckerburg trips up the stairs.
Scheheryar Masood Apple products? NO
Paulo De Freitas NO, 'cause it would probably pair/link exclusively with Apple products, and probably need to be charged every 8-10hrs...
Dustin T. Robles I like my normal watch it tells me the time and date, everything I need to know. Plus it's water proof and heavy duty
Jerry Tan KL buy = no free = yes
Joe Francesco Kassira They'll think of it as a Rolex when they think of the price tag
Jude Fils-Aime um no it will be AS EXPENSIVE as buying a JACOB WATCH
Sam Rick No...more like smart ripoff
El Desaparesido Nope apple is to cheap its probably gonna be made out of glass and the watch will probably last a day
Luis Rivera i would but it would most likely break easily like every else they make
Terry Tan Useless
Vincent Tilghman Cell Phones killed the watch. The only people I see with watches are people over 40 and military/law enforcement.
Pallab Gupta Nope. There's the Pebble.
Chris Hyson Lots of hate here.. Seek mental help
Ken Reil Apple is dying.
Sean Watson im not even interested in an apple phone, or an apple mp3 player. or an apple computer. or an apple tablet. or an apple tv
David John Balbin I smell desperation.
Jason Vargas It depends on what it does but Apple tends to charge a lot for a little so probably not
Howie Eastin It's a nano iPod lol
Bill Stewart Don't support Apple cause they don't give a rats aszz about their brainwashed customers
Chris Kang negative
Hrvoje Bubalo I men do we really need that anyway ? Common are we becoming that lazy that even our smart phones are not enough anymore ? To me even do I love technology this would be just another unnesesary gadget but then again I'm sure many will disagree with me. I would much rather like to see apple concentrate on tv or upcoming iOS 7..... :)
George Cruz If its cheap. Maybe
Leon Hall Jr I'm not sure I would consider any Apple device a smart accessory, especially given the typical price tag vs functionality
Rodney Smith I don't wear watches and this won't change my mind.
Luis Robles Figueroa Yes if is going to benefit me.
Steve Bachman Pass-a-dena!!!
Mark Wagner As much as I'd like to lose 30% of my brain in a car accident - which is what is necessary to be an iDude. :)
Robert Smith sure iIDIOTS would love that
Derek Lombardi I'm not interested in an apple anything.. They can keep it
Jarrett Lennon Kaufman Smartwatches? Yes. Apple iWatches? No.
Mohamed Ali Apple start playing to make new business with new device's b.coz Iphone start fall down, anywsy my answer No
Alex Dyrda No why would apple make that. That's why you buy the nano 6 gen and buy a watch case. Problem solved.
Fundador Lopez Hell to the yes....
Nathan Kendall @????? ???????? Well since all Americans are rich, why don't you just move here and be rich too!
Nathan Kendall I would buy one.
Ryno Bones My watch has one purpose: Tell the time. Don't need anything else.
Sean Jones Why not? As it says, the phones were just phones once. Knightrider anyone?
Evan Mills I don't own any apple products, but i would buy it.
Dave Mastalski Piss off Tom
JC LaurdAuz Arizapa not interested.
Chris Rodriguez which knowing apple, would be too damn high
Chris Rodriguez maybe, depending on the cost
Ramses Abreu no i already have a watch unless tht watch alows me to play yugioh like in the show then I DONT WANT AN APPLE WATCH
Cyndi Rose Micro screen? How would I be able to see that? Special glasses?
Mohaimn Fikry Draz Apple should start thinking about making a restaurants instead of technology, I want an Apple iBurgers with some iFrench fries.
Mark D. Cox Nope but maybe a Nexus watch ;)
Tonio Johnson Then the patent's will come and the patent wars will continue.
Thomas Burke No, Apple sucks.
John McPhillips Yes, yes, yes!!!
????? ???????? Well ppl in USA and other rich countries will be interested bcuz they can buy these things ... while we in Bulgaria only work for food ...
Reggie Easley not at all
Luis Reich LOLOL Nope...
Frederick Suleiman No. Bluetooth watches already exist, so what's the point?




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