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Old Feb 18, 2013, 09:58 AM   #1
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Apple's Rumored iWatch as an 'Even More Personal Personal Computer'




Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée shares his perspective on Apple's rumored "iWatch", noting that the company likely has very ambitious plans for the device given its focus on continually pushing forward the concept of a "personal computer".
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[W]hat really floats their [boats], what hardens Apple's resolve is designing, making, and selling large numbers of personal computers, from the traditional desktop/laptop Mac, to the genre-validating iPad, and on to the iPhone -- the Very Personal Computer. Everything else is an ingredient, a booster, a means to the noblest end.
After walking through how Apple's iTunes Store, retail effort, software, and Apple TV all serve as ancillary offerings to support this positioning of the company's primary products as increasingly personal computers, Gassée argues that the iWatch is the next step in this progression and thus Apple will do much more than simply slap a previous-generation iPod nano into a wristband.
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Is Apple working on an iWatch that can be experienced as an Even More Personal personal computer -- an "intimate computer"? If so, many questions arise: user interface, sensors, iOS version, new types of apps, connection with other iDevices... And, of course price.

This would be much more interesting than the perennially in-the-future Apple TV set. Of course, iWatch and Apple TV aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.
Gassée's piece comes just as British newspaper The Observer has produced its own mockup of what an iWatch might look like given claims of Apple using Corning's bendable Willow Glass for the device.

There is no reason to believe that The Observer has any more insight into the strongly rumored Apple research project than anyone else, but the graphics which accompany the article reproduced on the sister-paper Guardian website do give an interesting feel for the difference a curved glass display could make to a smart watch and the article offers an overview of how Apple might fit into the smart watch market still in its infancy.

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Old Feb 18, 2013, 09:59 AM   #2
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:00 AM   #3
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More watch stuff?? Ridiculous, to cramped of a space for anything in there.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:01 AM   #4
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make it holographic 3D and i'm sold
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:03 AM   #5
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The beginning of the end? Seriously think somethings wrong at Apple HQ.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:05 AM   #6
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Wow so much hate ITT.

It may not be the device for me, but personally I always get a little excited inside when Apple release a new line of products.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:09 AM   #7
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The beginning of the end? Seriously think somethings wrong at Apple HQ.
What are you gibbering on about? Apple have announced nothing, shown nothing. These are crap mockups from the Observer. They have crap all to do with Apple.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:55 AM   #8
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The beginning of the end? Seriously think somethings wrong at Apple HQ.
Yeah, it would be if they actually were going to make something like this.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 12:30 PM   #9
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The beginning of the end? Seriously think somethings wrong at Apple HQ.
This article says nothing about what is going on at Apple, but what idea some British newspaper has. As long as Apple doesn't replace Jony Ive with some journalist writing for the Observer, Apple will be doing just fine.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 01:43 PM   #10
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The beginning of the end? Seriously think somethings wrong at Apple HQ.
Let me see if I have this right. You read a rumor from an English paper that Apple were building a watch and they even mocked up pictures.

You then assumed this is real and happening at Apple..... even though we all know it's not.

Then you let us know it's the beginning of the end for Apple.

LOL.

I know a couple of things.

Apple don't do U-G-L-Y

Apple tend to make a pretty good go of stuff they do. Not always. But mostly.


I'll sit and wait, see what pops out then make a call.


(I guess that Samsung have their model near release and it's confirmed (I believe) would mean to you that company is heading to it's end.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 02:31 PM   #11
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The beginning of the end? Seriously think somethings wrong at Apple HQ.
Has Apple released this design? It is a concept made by someone that doesn't work at Apple. Settle down sheople.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 05:03 PM   #12
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The beginning of the end? Seriously think somethings wrong at Apple HQ.
Hmm... or not.

Smart watches for health tracking are very up and coming. I work for a Health Insurance company, and we're starting to cover these kinds of devices.


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1. iPod features with wireless head phones
2. Apple remote features
3. Pedomoter/Fitness watch that moinotrs heart rate, etc
4. It tells the time
5. It makes masterbation more fun by putting porn on your dominate wrist....oh wait, that violates the app store rules
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:04 AM   #13
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I'd be interested in seeing the watch "strap" as being a transparent glass with a usable touch surface on it. This has the potential to be something straight out of sci-fi movies' visions of the future, visually.

I think the cost is the key to success of the product though. As long as the cost matches the value of use, then I could see this taking off as quite an accessory. I just wonder if they may try to turn it into a replacement device for other iOS products, as opposed to a companion.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:06 AM   #14
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I think the cost is the key to success of the product though.
This is key. If the price for this is over $200 it's a non-starter. IMO.

Otherwise, it's possibly an alternative to an iPod nano or touch for some possible applications.

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So whatever happened to all those people who wanted a Dick Tracy watch ?
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So whatever happened to all those people who wanted a Dick Tracy watch ?
We got an iPhone. :-)

I love the idea of a watch IF there is something really useful Apple can come up with to make it more than just a smart calendar and time keeper.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 11:44 AM   #17
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So whatever happened to all those people who wanted a Dick Tracy watch ?
they grew up
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 01:59 PM   #18
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So whatever happened to all those people who wanted a Dick Tracy watch ?
They're at least 60 years old by now. Don't ask me how I know.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 03:18 PM   #19
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So whatever happened to all those people who wanted a Dick Tracy watch ?
The future has arrived, and nobody cares.

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Great a watch you have to charge three times a day ...
Or don't have to at all: build in a generator, and simple motions keep it "topped off". Battery life becomes a moot point.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:08 AM   #20
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i would, as always, reserve judgement

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Those renderings are probably as accurate as this one was of predicting the iPhone:
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:16 AM   #23
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Actually, the 1st gen won't have retina display. Apple will hold that back until the 2nd gen.
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Looks like Samsung is going to beat them to this. Should make for an interesting competition.
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I would buy the second version of this iWatch.
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