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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38 Comments

    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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. There was no market for an oversized iPod touch either. Why would anyone ever want one of those? If Apple releases it, it will sell millions the first weekend and then go on to dominate the smart-watch market that didn’t really exist prior to its introduction. Others will copy it, but it will take some time to copy it in a meaningful way. And of course, it will not be “the first” smart-watch on the market, just the one people want.

  5. The everyday wristwatch is dead, Jim. Nothing will revive it. All the Dick Tray stuff would not hold up in daily use.

    Truly, who has a watch these days? What about a watch would make my phone easier to uses than it already is. I don’t need my hands to deal with my phone.

    A real one trick pony, if you ask me.

  6. Look where and how long, users are using their mobile devices and compare.
    Mobile computer/iPad : on a desk, tens of minutes to a few hours
    iPad : on their knees, a few minutes to tens of minutes
    iPad /iPhone : held in two hands, from a few seconds to a few minutes
    iPhone : Held in one hand, tens of minutes
    “iWatch” : fixed on the wrist, 24/24

    If iWatch comes to life, in addition the existing set of sensors, it will have compartiments to welcome sets of completly new sensors never used until now in smartphones, paving the way for completly new iApps, even if some of them are already in the App Store.
    Once again, cannibalization will be on the table, but this time, it will be almost negligible.
    Like Bulova Accutron in 1960, there will be domain innovations in accordance to the epoch. Why not an iWatch with a “Power Felt” (Wake Forest University) aided battery ?

  7. I wouldn’t want it on my wrist though. A watch is something you take off before bed for the most part. If you have an active lifestyle there would be a lot of potential abusive situations where you could damage it. Why not like the shirt mounted Star Trek communicator. Something that you could attach securely to your clothing perhaps.

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