What if an Apple iWatch replaced most of the iPhone’s functions?

“While we’re all waiting to find out if and what Apple’s 100 person team is up to, it is worth opening the aperture on the full range of what an iWatch could be,” Anthony Wing Kosner writes for Forbes.

“Tom Bradley in PCWorld discusses Three ways to imagine an Apple ‘iWatch’: a standalone iWatch, an extension of an iPhone or a replacement for the iPhone. The first is really what Pebble is doing, the success of which will hinge a lot on the app ecosystem it is able to foster. I don’t, however, see Apple settling for that (small) level of disruption,” Kosner writes. “”

Kosner writes, “The second is really what I was writing about in my previous post, and I still think that something that consumed data in a s super light-weight way could be a really big product—but not necessarily for Apple. The third possibility — that an iWatch could both work with and in some ways replace an iPhone — is really what Simeonov [Bulgarian web designer and iOS developer] has imagined here.”

iWatch design concept by Pavel Simeonov
iWatch design concept by Pavel Simeonov

More info and many more images in the full article here.

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  1. Right. Something the size of a watch replacing an iPhone. I’m only talking about making phone calls here. It could work, but only for a short call to 911 or your sister. The size of the battery is the issue. With all those headlines you see from time to time about some new revolutionary battery technology, it’s still creeping along at a snail’s pace.

    Your talk time would be measured in minutes. And not many of them.

    1. The motion of moving can recharge the battery. When I was a kid they had watches that worked that way. You just had to shake them to get enough of a charge to keep it going. I see no reason you can’t charge a phone that way and have a watch that NEVER needs charging.

  2. Actually, not a bad article. A “what if” piece that actually tries to seriously look at what kind of things would work and what would not on a watch interface.

    Worth a quick read.

    Just a thought,

  3. the problem is that it would still have to be taken off every 1-3 days to charge. that’s too frequent, unless it had an elastic type band that slipped over the wrist quick and easy.

    1. And that’s what I like about shoes – they NEVER have to be taken off to recharge every few days, even though I do every night WHEN I GO TO BED.
      Would it really be that difficult to take off an “iWatch” every couple of days to recharge while you sleep? Really????

  4. I would love a watch that would make having to continually use, in my opinion, a big clunky iPhone 5, would be a dream come true. Something small, light, and always available would sell like crazy. Even if I had to keep the phone in my pocket to actually make a call through the iWatch.

  5. Ridiculous. The iWatch would be a companion piece to the iPhone, something that allowed for fast access to basic information – clock, timers, messages, calendar, etc. Perhaps Twitter.

    It could not possibly have the batter life to have any cellular connectivity, so it must connect to the iPhone via bluetooth. Perhaps in a passive bluetooth state, where data is pushed from the iPhone at scheduled intervals or when a notice comes in (like an alarm) to the iWatch.

    Anyone who thinks Apple could cram all or even most of the iPhone’s functions into a watch-sized device is a moron. There just isn’t the space and the screen is too small for most input required for a smartphone.

    1. Stick to law, your future as a tech writer/predictor doesn’t look good, your imagination seems limited at best.

      “It could not possibly have the batter life to have any cellular connectivity”

      Remember the pager? It is absolutely ‘POSSIBLE’ to do what you say cannot, moreover Apple is just the company to solve “that which cannot be done”.

      “There just isn’t the space and the screen is too small for most input required for a smartphone.”

      You are familiar with the small microphones Apple uses across their product lines yes? You are aware of the existence of Siri and the new dictation built in OS X right? So who says the input must be done with ones fingers?

      That said, I doubt it is an iPhone replacement, but it COULD be, Apple could do it if they wanted to. Personally, I expect something I don’t see coming and that isn’t currently being done with the form factor.

  6. i use my iphone one-handed. a watch as a phone requires effectively two hands (or one wrist and the other hand!). many years ago i used a calculator in one hand (my right) so i could write results down with my left. i now use a calculator on my phone the same way. a phone that ties up (no pun intended) both hands is not my idea of an advance. on the other hand either this would cut down on people using their phone while driving or tremendously driving up the accident rate!

    1. If the watch is made from Liquid Metal you don’t have to worry about dents and scratches. Since LM can be transparent and provide water proofing the face and chips could be protected.

  7. If it’s practical AND looks good, people will buy them. Bottom line is they HAVE to look good for people to even consider them. A practical gadget alone is not enough for people to by and WEAR.

  8. How do you get a 5″ screen on a watch. That screen size seems to be what many on this site and others are saying that the iPhone needs to have or Apple will be out of business.

    “If I asked people what they wanted they would ask for faster horses” – Henry Ford by paraphrase.

  9. Alternative title: “What If Apple Released a Watch with 14 Minutes of Battery Life?”

    If Apple releases a watch, it certainly won’t have a FaceTime camera. The connection to it and other Apple kit will be strictly via Bluetooth 4.0. Other things that it won’t have, as depicted in the well-intentioned, but hilariously spec’d mock-up:

    -a nano-SIM. 4G LTE in a watch? Umm…no.
    -slide to unlock. For what purpose?
    -AirPlay? Kinda tough to pull that off without WiFi, which has no chance of making into an Apple watch
    -a watch strap/battery? Love to see Apple pull that off in a way that wouldn’t make Ive puke.

    Renderings are nice, but this isn’t a product Apple would build. The designer got about 60% of the aesthetic and 5% of the features right.

    Nice to dream though.

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