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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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I'll be honest. At the moment I have zero interest in something like this. They are going to have to really wow me to get me interested.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:00 AM   #4
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I would buy one
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:00 AM   #5
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More watch stuff?? Ridiculous, to cramped of a space for anything in there.
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Why on earth is there a headphone jack for a watch?
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:01 AM   #7
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make it holographic 3D and i'm sold
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:02 AM   #8
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Could be interesting....can't wait to see finished product if/when this comes out.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:03 AM   #9
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The beginning of the end? Seriously think somethings wrong at Apple HQ.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:03 AM   #10
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I think Apple has taken this "thinner" and "lighter" and "smaller" design making as far as they can.....any thinner and lighter and smaller and you won't be able to read anything on the watch...
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:04 AM   #11
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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, 10:05 AM   #12
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Why on earth is there a headphone jack for a watch?
You're right, it would be bluetooth
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:05 AM   #13
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I'm not a fan of this idea. I just don't see the point to it. I'm also not a watch type of guy, so that may explain it...
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:05 AM   #15
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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, 10:06 AM   #16
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I'm curious to see if this actually becomes reality as it is an interesting concept. It reminds of KITT from Knight Rider where Michael could call and talk to KITT from his watch among other things.

I could even see benefits to the health sector as well. If they could build in sensors that measure temperature and heart rate and then have an app record it all, alert you and/or your doctor if something changes.

Many possibilities here I think.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:06 AM   #17
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That's probably the worst mockup I've yet to see
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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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i would, as always, reserve judgement

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Who wants to get mugged?
Because people don't wear valuable watches on their wrists now??
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Those renderings are probably as accurate as this one was of predicting the iPhone:
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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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Horrible mockup!
Hopefully they will get my "must-have" desire on this one. Pebble with apple design thanks!
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