Apple’s iWatch imminent?

A clever little birdy just told us:

Well, there are a bunch of them…

– “It’s not about time.”
– “It’s about time, and so much more.”
– “Watch and see.”

…to name just three.

I think it’s coming sooner than later.


MacDailyNews Take: Hmm.

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    1. You’re not the birdy? Then who IS the birdy? I gots ta know, man! (Because I want to know if these are reliable, or just obvious slogans anyone could claim came from Apple.)

      … Please be Apple, and not some random person stirring up excitement for their own amusement …

    2. The “industry experts” called for Apple to release a “Mac netbook”; Apple’s answer – iPad.

      The same experts now call for Apple to release a “low-cost iPhone”; Apple’s answer this time – iWatch.

      It’s quite obvious to the “little birdies,” but not the experts…

      (It also makes sense that the iPod nano was redesigned last year so that I could NOT be used as a watch.)

      1. I SOOOO agree. People talk about iWatch as a companion device for iOS units – well maybe, but I remain to be convinced its a must-buy.
        But iWatch as “iPhone nano” makes perfect sense – a cheap iPhone with a plastic back doesn’t seem to cut margins enough to be a better idea than selling older models off cheep.
        But a new device where people trade the large-screen functionality of iPhone for both a cheap price AND the “cool factor” of a video phone on your wrist, seems believable to me.

        1. Honestly, though, I can’t see people sacrificing smartphone functionality for it. It seems like the opposite direction to go, unless the screen is large enough to do texting, emails, games, and reading. But if the screen is large enough to do that, it’s no longer an “iPhone nano.”

          Seems to me like the ideal “iWatch as phone” would be an iPhone slap-bracelet, but that could be a couple years down the road if they’re using Corning’s Willow Glass.

          1. Whats wrong with a simpler Smart device that purposed to do core Apple features extremely well without 3rd party trick ponies?????

            Apple can provide a tiny phone on the wrist of your arm, that requires no connectivity to your phone… it is the phone… proving ultimately, that screen size doesn’t matter… the user experience does.

            1. What you’re describing isn’t a smart device. You’re describing a feature device. And that’s a huge step backwards for Apple. An mp3 device can have a bare-bones model like the Shuffle, or a feature model like the Nano, without causing any trouble because an mp3 player is nothing more than an accessory.

              But the world has come to expect more from phones, and Apple retreating into the feature phone space (especially with something as inelegant as a watch) would sacrifice the great experience that makes an iPhone an iPhone. The biggest selling point is the App ecosystem, more than any individual phone’s specs. But the watch would also require huge trade-offs in terms of specs–not just screen size, but camera quality, battery life, etc., especially if you’re trying to fit it into a watch-sized package.

              The iWatch, at least with what’s capable today, needs to be an accessory. A companion device. Because trying to make it a full-size watch right now would just produce an overall bad product.

          1. I like this idea — “that Apple can strive to further simplify a smart device” — either a less expensive phone that is a Simpler Smartphone yet purely Apple to the core; no installable 3rd party apps… OR a Smart but simpler device that remains for communications. Either way, its a win for Apple.

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    1. I think those are leaked catch lines from an Apple product tease.

      Siri, hail me a cab and reserve a table for two at the Provocateur at nine-thirty. Call you-know-who and have him meet me there.

  1. What is this? Is it a prediction or part of an ad campaign? I’m looking forward to the iWatch. I hope it’s as beautiful and functional as my iPhone and iPad.

  2. This is a bit unprecedented. Cryptic and direct news on MDN.

    Either this is awesome, or I’m going to have to start finding a different site to get my Apple news that doesn’t play with my emotions 🙂

    1. I agree. I’ve been following MDN for quite awhile and their summary of an article usually include a link directly to an article from another website and an MDN spin.

      I’ve rarely seen a posting like this where it looks like a direct commentary from MDN themselves.

  3. As an old journalist, I know this game. If it was a rumor, there would be more to it. But this concise, unembellished comment means something more. It’s all but confirmed!

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