With ‘iWatch,’ Apple could turn wearable devices into next big thing

“Wearable computers, such as a wrist watch that makes phone calls, have for many years been the realm of comic books, science-fiction novels and spy movies,” Therese Poletti writes for MarketWatch.

“But reports over the weekend that Apple Inc is developing a so-called ‘smartwatch’ mean that the company could turn wearable computers into computing’s next frontier, as well as revive watch-wearing among younger generations,” Poletti writes. “‘We see the body as the next frontier for personal computing,’ said Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst with Forrester Research. ‘It would be strange for Apple to be absent from that, they absolutely have something to contribute to that.'”

Poletti writes, “Rumors that Apple is possibly working on such a device have been around for awhile, based on some patents it has filed and other clues. In early January, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray wrote a note to clients that while he was unsure of the timing, he believed that Apple ‘will eventually introduce some type of wearable computing product.'”

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39 Comments

  1. The Verge discussed this in a recent podcast and convinced me of the value of the “glanceable content” that such a device would provide. Think of all the notifications we get throughout the day: email, texts, Facebook/Twitter, breaking news, sports scores, yada yada. Relying only on your iPhone, you might discern the source of the notification based on which alert sound is used (if you have the volume on) but not the importance of it or anything about the content.

    Is that incoming email an important message from your boss, or just nonsense from a friend? Was that notification an AP story about an earthquake in California, or a Facebook “like” of your cat photo? What’s the score of the Phillies game? You have to pull out your phone and turn it on to find these things out. But if that info came to you on your wrist, you can glance over, get some or all of the content without any other effort, and decide on the fly whether or not to act upon it. The experience is less intrusive than pulling your phone out every time. Yes, these are first-world problems for sure, but I see the value of a simpler way to stay in the loop throughout the day.

    Add in all the other nifty stuff people are talking about and I’ll be there on launch day!

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