Apple boldly innovates in the sector established a year ago by Motorola and Sony (bluetooth connected watches). I hope Apple is generating lots of patents to vanquish the companies that actually invented the concept and pioneered the first products.
This kind of makes sense. Lots of manufacturers are doing it and they appear to be selling. Apple already has tiny touch-screen devices (iPod nano 6th generation) which would be small enough to be wrist mounted. Chuck a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth chipset in there for communication with your iPhone or iPad and you're done!
I wouldn't by one because I'm not a fan of Apple products, but I can think of plenty of people who would!
Wait, this can only connect to Apple devices? I should have expected that. Well, I wouldn't have bought one anyways. I'm hoping for a Sony SmartWatch 2, or a Samsung or LG or HTC SmartWatch, or, better yet, a NexusWatch.
A smart watch (and watches in general) have 2 things phones to not. They have fashion (Though current smart watches are not the best looking) and glanceability. If I want to check the time with my phone I have to pull out my phone from my pocket and turn it on. If I want to see what text I just received I have to unlock it as well. With a watch all you have to do is look at your wrist.
Allow me to clarify and agree somewhat with +Dave Ranucci : people ditched their watches when they started carrying cell phones. Now that line has been crossed, its doubtful people will go back even if you could pack all the computing power into a watch-sized device; just look at how phone screen sizes are growing not shrinking (remember fat-fingering the buttons on a Casio DataBank?). Humans need a screen big enough to see and a UI large enough to touch. Google Glass seems to have the potential to provide the next plausible form factor that could change things again, perhaps eventually making carrying a phone as redundant as wearing a watch.
I buy my own shit . That's not the point you see ppl always hatin FUCK APPLE AND FUCK ANDROID. Quit bein some close minded fools and hope that instead of competing they should advance in technology together ..
This would murder if they were to bundle it with decent bluetooth in-ear ear phones that don't fall out when running. I'm a little bummed that Apple would try to lock down the tech involved in creating something like this but IDGAF as long as I have a better option than strapping an ipod onto my arm when I'm working out.
This is probably a bad idea - sales of wrist watches have been steadily declining since the advent of the cell phone - why wear a redundant timepiece when you have a clock on your phone? There is an entire generation of people who don't wear them - how many people under the age of 35 do you see wearing watches?
To the people commenting on the photo, it is just someone's mock up. It is not a real product. If Apple had released a brand new product you would see it on the front page of everything, not just on a TC article.
before everyone claims apple is an innovator again just like they did with smartphones, everyone should google SPH-WP10. this was called a smartwatch created by Samsung in 1999. The first watchphone made by samsung in 1998
"if you think Apple doesn't innovate you don't know squat."
Name something that Apple innovated. Apple is in the business of taking other people's ideas and refining them into things people want to use. They didn't have the first personal computer, mp3 player, smartphone, or tablet, but they had the first that the general market was interested in.
Might be good for group fitness instructors that need to use it as s remote control to play their iPhones/ipods from across the room . Other than that and having GPS data capabilities I don't see the point.
Isn't the last gen iPod Nano basically their "smart watch"? I think a cool feature would be if you had an iPad/iPhone to choose a song to play, and then it'll stream it to it over Air Play like how it is with Mac. Or even just an add on to the iPhone. Knowing apple, it'll sell, no matter what price tag they put it as haha
Now how fucking dumb is this? Don't you have to have your shit assed iPhone with you to use it? Apple is just fucking their stupid customers out of money left and right. Fuck it. If people are dumb enough to fall for it, let them. May as well just buy two phones and carry both of them. Come on now.
Does anyone even wear a watch anymore?? And even so, what would be the point of the warch??? Having it make a tone during a meeting instead of the phone in your pocket?? I am sorry, I just don't see the market. Bluetooth is about 100' (33m) max range, so it's not like you can leave your phone behind. Also screen size would be too small to really enjoy, (anyone else remember tv watches??) I guess you could load siri onto it and pretend you're michael knight talking to a female kitt, but it's not a stand alone device....so I just don't get the point.
Cool but probably not worth the money. Your iPhone/iPod/iPad connects to that watch meaning everything on that watch is on your apple device so no need to buy it. By a smartphone and save your money.
Wow, what incrediable innivation this is mind blowng i cant believe no one else has ever thought of this!!!, Apple has a another winner in its arsonal of been there done that, copied and then lie and say they did it first products...lol