Tog: The iWatch will fill a gaping hole in the Apple ecosystem

“The iWatch will fill a gaping hole in the Apple ecosystem. It will facilitate and coordinate not only the activities of all the other computers and devices we use, but a wide array of devices to come,” Bruce Tognazzini writes for askTog. “Like other breakthrough Apple products, it’s value will be underestimated at launch, then grow to have a profound impact on our lives and Apple’s fortunes.”

“Steve Jobs’s true legacy lies not with his products, but his method, the way he would forge revolutionary products from cold blocks of creativity. I know. I was one of his earliest recruits and watched him develop the method,” Tog writes. “Steve applied it one project at a time. My hope is that Apple now has teams applying it across many projects, shortening the historic six years between breakthrough products.”

“What will follow is not based on insider information but a solid understanding of Apple, its products, the problem, and the opportunity,” Tog writes. “The Apple iWatch development team I expect exists is likely already well ahead of the ideas I’m suggesting here, but should they draw any new ideas from what follows, they are free to use them. I’ve already reached my lifetime goal of as many patents as Heinz has varieties.”

Tog writes, “Before delving into what an Apple smartwatch might look like, we need to understand why, right now, people not only think they don’t need a smartwatch, they flat-out don’t want a smartwatch.”

Tons more in the full article – recommended – here.

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    1. That’s a really good idea. I want one, for proper drawing and fine writing. I’ve got a perfectly good Seiko, and a smart phone, I really don’t need my watch to be any smarter than just telling the time accurately.

  1. The arm worn time piece is a thing of the past. Most young people don’t wear a ‘watch’ and the Dick Tracy two way wrist communicator is a possibility that is truly not ergonomic. What purpose could an iWatch have today?

  2. read the article. its a very compelling argument he makes.

    if Steve went onstage and made that presentation, we would all buy one.

    (an iWatch is much more socially acceptable than those stupid bluetooth headsets)

  3. If this “smart” watch does come to pass I hope the time can be set more precisely than devices like the iPod and iPhone. Apple does not seem to understand the importance of the ability to accurately set time since you are only able to set them to the minute not to the second. This, of course, means that the clock can be off by almost a minute–not “smart” at all.

  4. I would buy this thing in a femtosecond just to get two of its many killer apps.
    The passcode avoider is sweet, but what sells it for me is the Automatic Find. To not have to worry about leaving my phone somewhere in public: would I wear something on my wrist to avoid having to repurchase an $800 phone retail? Shit yeah!
    The piece of mind alone would justify it. Esp if it could have sensible disabling functions and some kind of geofencing capability. (IOW I don’t care as much if I walk away from my phone in my house, because its not going to escape into the wild. Plus I can call it w/out a stranger picking up.)
    Are we being consumed by computing devices, all around us and on us, taking over our souls blah blah yeah yeah. But as long as my link to the world is this little device I carry around all day and do everything with (the least of which is actually making calls) I’d like to hold on to it. And in terms of wearable computing: if it comes down to this or some ridiculous-looking, Geordi LaForge Google glasses, I know which one *I’d* rather deal with.

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