Clueless companies race to debut stupidwatches before Apple defines the smartwatch

“Some analysts say Apple will come out with a smartwatch in March to compete in the nascent market alongside Sony, Samsung, Qualcomm and startups like Pebble,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “Apple’s smartwatch is rumored to have a personal health and fitness component like Nike’s FuelBand.”

“Smartwatches, fitness bands and other wearable devices are expected to be a big theme at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,” Seitz reports. “Ten companies are exhibiting in a special CES tech zone called WristRevolution, including Qualcomm, Burg, Dennco Brands, Kronoz, MetaWatch, Neptune Computer and Cookoo-watch maker ConnecteDevice.”

“Wearable technology will gain respect as a new product category this year, but Apple will make it ‘cool,’ Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White said in a research note Friday. He said he expects Apple to launch the iWatch this year,” Seitz reports. “‘It will take a company such as Apple to launch a smartwatch that is actually ‘cool’ to wear in order to drive mass consumer adoption,’ White wrote. ‘In our view, Apple’s expansive digital matrix that seamlessly connects devices, strong balance sheet with unwavering R&D commitment, loyal user base, proven ability to deliver aesthetically pleasing products, well respected brand and strong track record of serving up a unique user experience bodes well for the company’s ability to capitalize on this new market opportunity.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Like personal computers before Macintosh, portable music players before iPod, cellphones before iPhone, and tablets before iPad, it’s déjà vu all over again.

Related articles:
Analyst: ‘Cool’ Apple iWatch to arrive this year – January 3, 2014
Apple’s iWatch suffering weak yield rates due to metal injection molded chassis issues, sources say – January 2, 2014
Apple’s ‘iWatch’ to arrive in October 2014 with wireless charging, sources say – December 13, 2013
Apple to make two iWatch models: 1.7-inch display for men, 1.3-inch for women, sources say – November 13, 2013

Jim Cramer: ‘The curtain has closed’ on Samsung’s stupidwatch – October 3, 2013
The Verge reviews Samsung’s Galaxy Gear stupidwatch: Orwellian, unintuitive, oversized, and overpriced – October 2, 2013
Jean-Louis Gassée: I hope Tim Cook had fun goading Samsung to make their Galaxy stupidwatch – September 9, 2013
Stupidwatch: Why Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is a flop – September 5, 2013
Samsung Galaxy Gear watch looks rushed, misses the mark – September 4, 2013
The Galaxy Gear stupidwatch: Without Apple to copy, Samsung is clueless – September 4, 2013
Samsung announces ‘Galaxy Gear’ watch accessory for Galaxy Android devices – September 4, 2013

101 Comments

    1. I agree. Well, truth to tell, I really do not want Apple to come out with any kind of watch. Seriously, as I can’t see the need for it, or the real desire. And, also, I can’t get that ridiculous Samesong commercial out of my mind….

        1. When rumors of the iPod (an mp3 player) were around, I said, oh, ok, let’s see what Apple does with this, and at the time I had no idea what an mp3 was. When the iPhone rumors abounded, I said, hmm, let’s see what Apple does with this, while my V70 Motorola sat in my pocket. When the iPad was being bandied about I said, hmm, Apple took it out of the park with their music business, and changed the world with their phone, I bet they re-define ‘tablet’ too, all too aware that tablets _then_ were more than useless windoze abominations. I just can’t get the same sort of ‘let’s see’ attitude up about an iWatch. Sorry.

      1. re “I can’t see the need for it, or the real desire.”

        I’d love to have an iWatch.
        – I’m on an hour’s drive to a meeting. Is this the client phoning me to cancel,or something that can wait.
        – I’m on a long bike ride. Is it my family with something urgent, or something that can wait.
        – I’m snowboarding. I take a call or a message with great convenience.
        And all those times not needing to take the phone out of my pocket to check who is calling and – extra bonus on top of all the functionality – just to tell the time.

        1. Unless this watch has some killer capability that none of the other “smartwatches” have, I don’t want it. I don’t want an iWatch and an iPhone. Hopefully, Apple isn’t expecting you to have a clutter of devices (oh wait, that’s the way it is with the new Mac Pro).

      2. Lots of folks seem to be sitting in the Apple CEOs chair here. They’ve spent millions already on the patent, trademarking and even hired the top lady to make it marketable and sexy . Naaaaah, they ain’t gonna make no stupid watch! Naaaah, hell no!

    2. I’m still hoping that the iWatch is nothing but bait for the other companies to take and waste their resources on, while Apple reinvents the TV market with the a better Apple TV Box. Because I’llwatch that.

      1. Right that’s decided then the great unwashed have decided that there won’t be an iWatch. Are you listening Apple? If so get that Quadra rebooted cos that’s what we would have had if you listened to them back then or before the iPod, iPhone and iPad for that matter

    3. Yep, I tend to lean towards that.

      I was wondering… What would a smart watch do?? The same functions or a subset of what a smart phone do??

      What could a smart watch do that would add real value/benefit to what we already have in an iPhone??

      [More] Convenience or [ultra/extra] portability??

      Ability to look at the weather forecast?? Which would require some sort of data connectivity?

      I’d like to know what.

      Other than the extra convenience and portability I fail to see the benefit of an Apple iWatch.

    4. The “stupid watch” is so appropriate. A screen too small for practical use, minuscule battery life, lack useable storage, no hope of manual control and no indication that Siri has the capacity to operate the device solely by voice control. The owner of any wrist-worn digital futility would be more stupid than the idiots that market such a worthless device.

  1. While I do agree with the MDN take….there is one thing that worries me though…NO *major* NEW product has been released after Steve Jobs.

    Steve is basically the father of all the products MDN mentioned and Apple needs to show that they can produce similar state-of-the-art-hi-tech products WITHOUT SJ’s leadership and supervision.

    For now, the jury is still out on new post-Steve products…

    1. Major products take a long time. The iPhone and iPad were under development for years. And even when the iPhone debuted it was just *barely* capable of doing what it did. It’s just that everything else was so crappy (in retrospect) that it didn’t matter.

      A major product needs a lot of things to be right – it needs to solve problems people didn’t know they had or at least in ways people didn’t anticipate (else it wouldn’t be “major”), and it needs the right external conditions. It ain’t easy.

        1. botvinnik – I never cease to be amazed by how you blow people off on this forum without offering even the least shred of evidence. In this case, Sharon is absolutely right: iPhone – actually the first couple generations of iPhone -used under-clocked Samsung ARM CPUs that were barely up to the task of running the OS. Apple carefully limited the range of things the iPhone could do until better processors and a more refined OS allowed those functions to operate with speed and elegance. And that is not an opinion – it’s a clear fact. But given your previous obtuse behavior, I’m sure that won’t keep you from disagreeing with it.

            1. Actually, on launch day in June 2007 I stood in line to buy my first iPhone, and then a couple weeks later bought a second one with more memory. About nine months later, a problem with the second iPhone caused its replacement with a third one. So, actually, I owned three first-gen iPhones. I also had a 3GS.

              Let me add that your conduct on this site is juvenile and adds nothing to its substance.

            2. actually, I don’t really care what you “add.” I still submit that the original iPhone did not “barely” do what it was advertised to do. In fact, it was a miraculous leap forward in mobile telephonics.

            3. @ Botvinnik – Hahahahah…yes that great leap to 2G. How miraculous indeed.

              No need to blow me off cos I don’t care either…unless you really want to blow me off…and are cute.

        2. “It’s hard to overstate the gamble Jobs took when he decided to unveil the iPhone back in January 2007. Not only was he introducing a new kind of phone — something Apple had never made before — he was doing so with a prototype that barely worked. “

    2. if you had invented the basic working form factor to a whole new world of devices, would you change it ,start over and start again ? Apple will refine the form but not reinvent it . if they were making tires that would not go to square tires but you can’t say the radial” is not different enough” because the inventor of the round one died.

        1. Where the rubber meets the road, Apple would indeed place a high value on customer comfort. They are, however, best known for providing a satisfactory overall user experience, meaning they seek a sweet balance of all the operating factors.

          In this case they might start with counting the bumps associated with each (presumably equilateral) polygon and measuring their severity, perhaps defining a comfort index that is a function of both and minimises what automotive engineers call ‘jerk’ (the rate of change of acceleration).

          The range of normally encountered road conditions would need to be addressed through a consideration of the coefficients of sliding friction (0.5 – 0.8 for asphalt, 0.6 – 0.85 for concrete, dry). The torque delivered through the selected axis of rotation needs to exceed the static friction. The fewer sides to the polygon, the larger the contact area and thus the force to overcome, just to get moving. Stopping on a dime would be no problem on a dry road; on a wet one, you’d probably wish you had sprung for that marine gyro stabiliser the car salesman was pushing.

          It is apparent that this research has already been performed, with the conclusion that the n-gon improves its balance of forces with increasing n. In fact, this example serves as the very opposite of planned obsolescence — the more this polygonal wheel is used, the more worn it gets, the better it rolls, and approaches a circle, the optimum. Just so: these old, worn, plaid slippers fit perfectly and keep my feet toasty warm and snuggly. (stretches, yawns, switches off lamp)

            1. Simply a lark, playing off your smart but absurd comment. I had two years in engineering school before moving to health care. Am a bit rusty, I suppose. See you in Las Vegas?

    3. As Bill Clinton would say, “it depends on what the meaning of Major and New is.”

      The new Mac Pro is quite radical, an extremely NEW design that no one else can even come close to duplicating for the same price. Major performance enhancements for the video processing troops. It is getting rave reviews from the heavy duty users that need the extra performance.

      Granted, it is not for the average self proclaimed “power user” but it is one hell of a computer.
      AND, I do believe it appeared during Tim’s watch!

      1. No it doesn’t count. It is a PC and a very powerful one (today). A motherboard, CPU, RAM, storage, GPU etc. Just has ridiculous design for the sake of being small/cool/whatever (seriously what’s the point, why go out of your way to make a radical physical design when it has ZERO impact on product performance?)
        And BTW that’s not true that another manufacturer could not make a similar spec PC for similar price. Stories about the amazing value of Mac Pro compare buying off-the-shelf retail priced parts to build one with equivalent specs. A manufacturer like HP, supermicro, whoever, could build their own system with identical specs for similar cost. If they can’t then there’s unfair pricing going on between AMD and Apple. Of course it wouldn’t have the cool small cylindrical design or run Mac OSX but I’m just talking about H/W specs.

        1. It does not have ZERO impact on performance. The cylinder is cooled by a single fan at the bottom, with the heat rising and exiting at the top. This design allows a larger and much quieter fan with a lower spin rate.

    4. Sure. And I am named after Lincoln. Way after!!!

      Steve did not invent everything. He filtered out the cheap or lackluster items. He went for great. And many of the original team of inventers are still there.

      1000 no’s for each yes.

  2. AAPL was not a one-man company prior to the passing of SJ. The sentiment of some that AAPL can no longer innovate without Steve is becoming stale and tiresome.

        1. Okay then how well were Apple doing before Steve Jobs came back to work for them? Where were all those fantastic products before he unveiled the iPod and then the iPhone etc.? None of these products would be what are without him guiding and micromanaging and basically being the product manager. I will give you that he brought all the talent on board as well, much of which is still there. But he’s not there to guide the way and do what he did to let Apple create their amazing products.

          1. Steve jobs learned from his mistakes and came back to correct them with a vengeance that primed and implemented a solid company built in his image and DNA. The entire executive eam is seasoned and proven belying doubt of ‘most’ Apple’s core followers.

  3. Like I said before, I just can’t see the use of a smart watch. I would rather have an antique luxury “stupid” watch by Rolex or Omega. Especially a skeleton watch. Those have a small window that shows you the mechanisms that run the watch, all the fears and stuff. So cool. Knock your self out, because this smart watch fad will die out like the Power Glove and the Virtual Boy of the 90s…

    1. People said the same kind of things before Mac came out – and for the months after it went on sale. Then their comments were recorded for humor’s sake for posterity.

      People said the same kind of things before iPod came out – and for the months after it went on sale. Then their comments were recorded for humor’s sake for posterity.

      People said the same kind of things before iPhone came out – and for the months after it went on sale. Then their comments were recorded for humor’s sake for posterity.

      People said the same kind of things before iPad came out – and for the months after it went on sale. Then their comments were recorded for humor’s sake for posterity.

      1. No, that is not what I meant. We ALL knew that iPod, iPad, iPhone, etc. would all be revolutionary. This…does not give me the same feeling as the previous inventions. Fore example, a pre-iPod MP3 player was still enjoyable to use, and gave people an insight into what future MP3 players would be like. Pebble, Galaxy Gear, and others don’t inspire me in the same way. I feel they would go the way of Virtual Boy, CueCat, and Google Glass.

        1. Certainly not “all” knew that. Each was dismissed by pundits. The iPod was famously called “lame.” The iPhone was laughed at. RIMM collapsed as a company for not taking it seriously until it was too late.

          1. Only Steve Ballmer laughed at the iPhone — and you could tell it was a forced, nervous laugh. He knew the iPhone was big; he just had to attempt to show some confidence to his stockholders as that big headlight was coming at him in the tunnel.

            1. I think Ballmer’s reaction was genuine (and asinine, of course).
              As for some “pundits”, search for these silly headlines:
              “Why the Apple phone will fail, and fail badly”
              “Apple iPhone Will Fail in a Late, Defensive Move”
              “Why the iPhone Will Fail”
              “Apple iPhone Debut to Flop, Product to Crash in Flames”
              “”Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone”
              “The iPhone: Apple’s First Flop”
              “We Predict the iPhone Will Bomb”

  4. Some analysts say Apple will come out with a smartwatch in March to compete in the nascent market alongside Sony, Samsung, Qualcomm and startups like Pebble,”

    COMPETE? I dont think we should use this word.

    Should say “Apple will come out with a smartwatch in March to let Sony, Samsung, Qualcomm and startups like Pebble to COPY,”

    1. Well, I just hope all this speculation turns out incorrect, just to make all of these companies look like fools for making something no one asked for. I will be throwing this in the trash bin, along with Sega 32X, Virtual Boy, and Apple’s own Pippin. (Which they rightly discontinued)

        1. So I’m a troll when I don’t agree with the concept of a smart watch? I thought the term “troll” was reserved for those who incessantly complains about how cartoony iOS 7 is, or about how Android is better than iPhone? I never said any of the above. I simply said that I just don’t care for the idea if smart watch.

  5. I’d still like to see an “iWear” product that could be attached to the wrist or lapel, worn on a chain or bracelet or wristband.

    I hope it’s water proof. I had a great computer watch years ago, calculator, stopwatch. Wore it in the shower once and it was toast.

    Good luck Apple, I’m sure it will be impressive.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.