iWatch: Apple developing curved-glass smart watch, sources say

“Dick Tracy had one. As did Inspector Gadget and James Bond. A watch that doubled as a computer, two-way radio, mapping device or television,” Nick Bilton reports for The New York Times. “Though such a device has been lost to science fiction comics and spy movies of the era before smartphones, the smart watch might soon become a reality, in the form of a curved glass device made by Apple.”

“In its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Apple is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass, according to people familiar with the company’s explorations, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they are not allowed to publicly discuss unreleased products,” Bilton reports. “Such a watch would operate on Apple’s iOS platform, two people said, and stand apart from competitors based on the company’s understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body.”

Bilton reports, “the exploration of such a watch leaves open lots of exciting questions: If the company does release such a product, what would it look like? Would it include Siri, the voice assistant? Would it have a version of Apple’s map software, offering real-time directions to people walking down the street? Could it receive text messages? Could it monitor a user’s health or daily activity? How much will it cost? Could Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, be wearing one right now, whispering sweet nothings to his wrist? Such a watch could also be used to make mobile payments, with Apple’s Passbook payment software… Mr. Cook is clearly interested in wearables. In the past he has been seen wearing a Nike FuelBand, which tracks a user’s daily exertion. The FuelBand data is shared wirelessly with an iPhone app.”

“Apple has long been rumored to be working on a television-like experience. And, there is the possibility of an Apple car,” Bilton reports. “In a meeting in his office before he died, Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former chief executive, told John Markoff of The New York Times that if he had more energy, he would have liked to take on Detroit with an Apple car.”

Much more in the full article here.

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28 Comments

  1. The screen has to be ‘on’ 24-7 for the sole purpose of being a watch so we need some serious power management for this whole idea to actually work. My 10 year old Tissot T-Touch is already touch enabled with timer, alarm, compass, altimeter, thermometer and athmospheric pressure/barometer. I’ll stick to it because it lasts over 5 years on a cellbattery i.s.o. about 1 day.

  2. Youth do ignore watches…until Apple reinvents one.
    SIRI spoken navigation would be awesome in the cities.
    Apple could license every business to pay $1 to register themselves on the city map.

  3. This is yet more disinformation from Apple. Trying to throw competitors off by steering them in the wrong direction.

    There is no iWatch, and there will never be one. If you’ve ever tested yourself… a smartwatch… you’d realize how flawed they are. Nobody needs them other than maybe a few vertical markets like sports.

    Think about the problems? There’re two major problems.

    1. The screens are tiny. They already have/had a nano that people were using with wristwatch straps and that device didn’t need a bluetooth connection to anything. How many people do you see wearing a nano watch? Right, the nano didn’t have SMS but… the screens are way, way too small to be of real use as a “smartphone replacement”.
    2. Awkward. You have to twist and hold up your arm in a weird position to look at it and use it. Because the screen is so small, you have to hold it CLOSER to your face than say an iPhone.
    3. You still need your mobile phone! It’s now 2 devices you have to drag along on your body. Even if Apple manages to make a smartphone watch sans phone requirements, see 1 and 2 above.

    The whole thing is a non-starter and these rumours are absurd.

  4. Apple remote replacement, as well as the ability to shoot photos from your phone from afar (self portraits) are a couple of good ideas.

    Some form of wireless or inductive charging may work, esp if the band can be unstrapped in an effortless move and placed on the bedside table.

    The more features it has (LCD always in use) the more likely nightly charging will be necessary.

  5. I wear a watch, but on the inside of my wrist, like many pilots. Means you don’t have to remove your hand from the yoke to grab a glance when flying an approach in shitty weather. Nice seiko titanium. Clear display, light weight, and pretty indestructible. It’s actually a requirement to wear one. Not sure an iWatch would work in that situation. On the other hand it might be brilliant…. We will just have to wait and see…I’m not Tim Cooke’s pilot….
    Hmmmm… What about an Apple jet? Or Apple Heli? With Sir Jon designing it would probably be the coolest thing since Concorde…

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