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    News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    They will probably try and patent a wrist with a watch on it so unless we have an iWatch on our wrist we will be liable to be taken to court.
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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    http://www.imsmart.com/en?gclid=CLPL7saDrrUCFczHtAodjy0Ahg found this a Long time ago and will most likely be in apple's firing range for another patent war. XD

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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    A load of stuff like this has already been done to an extent, including some recent and popular projects on Kickstarter. Another case of "inventing" something from "borrowed" ideas and throwing their marketing weight behind it (on a side note, I wonder how long it'll be until they 'invent' inductive charging or NFC?) apparently it's OK when they do it, lawsuits if they claim someone else has done it...

    Images remind me of an iPod Nano Gen 6 with a wrist strap! Anyone actually try to use multi-touch on one of those things?

    Edit: The above should at least be able to prove prior art (not that that seems to matter in US courts), although their peculiar choice of naming might not help...

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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    A more interesting and thorough probe of the future possibilities of an iWatch was given by ex-Apple designer, Bruce Tognazzini, upon his blog last week. He introduced his post by saying “The iWatch will fill a gaping hole in the Apple ecosystem. It will facilitate and coordinate not only the activities of all the other computers and devices we use, but a wide array of devices to come. Like other breakthrough Apple products, its value will be underestimated at launch, then grow to have a profound impact on our lives and Apple’s fortunes.” However his blog post is “not based on insider information but a solid understanding of Apple, its products, the problem, and the opportunity”.
    What an utter load of bull!

    And no, I'm not Apple-bashing in this case. I've got one of the initial batch of Sony devices (http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/support...ries/liveview/) - and while it was comfortable (and flexible in the case of the Sony device - because you could also wear it as a badge) it was a "curiosity" nothing more.

    Being able to see your tweets, RSS feeds, etc was good - and it's use as a media controller (so you could skip tracks, see titles/album art) was also very usable - no need to take the phone of your pocket/bag. Heck, it was even darned good as a plain old digital watch.

    On the downside, the interface took a little bit of getting used to, and the biggest problem was battery life and the stability (or otherwise) of the Bluetooth connection. And there's the small matter of finding apps that were suitable for use on such a small display - you were really limited to text-based uses that used a block of text about the size of a tweet, or a graphical UI that was exceedingly simple.

    So while an extended version could be useful, in my mind there's no way that it could have "profound impact on our lives" unless you're the kind of shallow, fashion-obsessed looney who just has to have the latest/greatest gewgaw to show off to your (equally shallow?) friends and acquaintances.

    I'd argue that Sony's probably got a better track record for this kind of consumer electronics, and how many people do you see with one of their current Smart Watches? And to round off on a cynical, Apple-bashing, note - when/if the iWatch comes out I wonder whether we'll see a load of hype about it being a "unique" innovation and a load of writs thrown out to the various folks who already have product out there.
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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post
    So while an extended version could be useful, in my mind there's no way that it could have "profound impact on our lives" unless you're the kind of shallow, fashion-obsessed looney who just has to have the latest/greatest gewgaw to show off to your (equally shallow?) friends and acquaintances.
    You just described Apples core user base.

    It could be the worst watch in the world, it could make your hand go numb because it cuts the blood supply off, but Apple loonies will still buy them, and it will seem popular and probably be hailed as the greatest watch since the the 17th century.

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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    Doesn't anyone think apple has gone a little off course to release this?
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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    Unfortunately, because of the relatively low popularity, the usual iSheep will believe and insist Apple created something innovative and wonderful. Don't underestimate the value of the apple with a bite missing.

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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    They will probably try and patent a wrist with a watch on it so unless we have an iWatch on our wrist we will be liable to be taken to court.
    They might claim that Breighling stole their idea.

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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    Quote Originally Posted by BobF64 View Post
    You just described Apples core user base.

    It could be the worst watch in the world, it could make your hand go numb because it cuts the blood supply off, but Apple loonies will still buy them, and it will seem popular and probably be hailed as the greatest watch since the the 17th century.
    Just read a comment that's perhaps apposite:
    This thing'll probably use some clever (patentable?) way to extend battery life. Prob something like kinetic power (like eco-drive watches). After all, the kind of person that'd queue to buy this will be very used to making the repeated wrist movements needed to keep the thing charged
    Of course, I'm not worldly enough to know to what activity this person's referring...

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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    I know it breaks a lot from their usual marketing, but it seems like a wasted opportunity not to call it "TiME".

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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    The placement of the i would break tradition and may seriously confuse some people though.

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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    I hate to say it, but it will probably be good.

    There have been plenty of 'smart watches', from the simply bluetooth ones that vibrate when you get a call, through the Android companions (live view), to full blown watches.

    All had potential, all have been a bit average.

    Apple, they know how to make things work in a closed eco-system of hardware and software. It's not a new idea, but it's yet to be done well and Apple are the people that can do it.

    Assuming it's not just a completely made up story.

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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    Apple marketing blurb:

    "The iWatch...for individuals!!"


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    Re: News - Apple testing smartwatches - the iWatch

    The first image made me laugh with the comment below about "wrist worn devices made of curved glass", that'll be fun when it smashes and slashes your wrist. iBleed

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    I would think it's just iCrap - but then I'd be jumping on the iBandwagon about iNaming iSchemes...
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