Apple's iWatch Said to Feature Round Design, Production May Start This Summer

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    Based on Taiwanese supply chain sources, analyst Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities believes Apple's iWatch will feature a round face, similar to a traditional watch (via Business Insider). The iWatch design will resemble Motorola's Moto 360 smart watch, with the Apple version shipping with a slimmer profile.

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    Traditional watch-style iWatch concept based on TRIWA's Havana Nevil Brown watch, by Gábor Balogh

    Apple may begin production of the iWatch in late July, with the goal of producing up to 21 million units in the second half of 2014, claims Blair in a research note to investors. AppleInsider also highlights Blair's claim that Apple may partner with Quanta Computer to produce the smart watch device, instead of Foxconn which may be busy manufacturing the iPhone 6. Quanta's involvement in iWatch production has been rumored since last August.

    Blair's sources also believe Apple may be producing multiple models of the iWatch, including one that features a sapphire display cover. This information echoes an earlier report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claimed the iWatch may ship at various price points and in a variety of materials that allow the smart watch to compete with both low- and high-end watches.

    Apple's iWatch is currently expected to arrive near the end of 2014, with a fashionable design and biometrics that provide basic health monitoring features. It likely will sync with an iOS device sharing data with iOS apps, including the new Healthbook app that is expected to debut in iOS 8. Though an iWatch announcement is not expected for WWDC, Apple will likely unveil some of the early details on iOS 8 at the developer conference next week.

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    Thank, God! Please mimic this design to a T while we're at it.
     
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    Fake! Where are the blurry leaked part images? :p
     
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    Love the round design

    I hope they stick with a round design. I think this looks pretty good. Moto's sure looked like a nice watch. Of course this will bring on the throngs of "Apple is Copying!!11111!!" when in reality these things are in product dev for a long time.
     
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    Public Service Announcement: The mockup in the article is a mockup by someone other than Apple. It is not Apple's design. That is not the iWatch. Please don't talk about how un-Apple the mockup is. It's just a concept. Please. Pretty Please.
     
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    I definitely think round is the right way to go, unless they were to do a flexible display that could act as a band (with the display around your entire wrist), but that seems highly unrealistic and far-fetched.

    As long as it's not a square display.

    As for going into production this summer, that makes sense. If this thing does come this year, it'll come in the fall.
     
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    I really like it. I hope the face isn't obnoxiously huge though. Something more unisex.

    BPM is your pulse? Is that like Music is My Hot Hot Sex? (older song from an older Apple ad).
     
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    A round surface is less efficient for content. But, may entice the fashion victims… ;-) who think all other smart watches look ugly.
     
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    No ****? Really? Come on, that seems incredibly obvious.
     
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    Looks like a watch I would buy. I feel that a lot of companies that have went down the road of producing Smart Watches do not make them look as appealing as a watch someone would actually want to buy and wear. If you make it look as good as a watch someone would buy without the smart features, them you have a good chance of people wearing it all of the time, rather than just when they would use it with their phone (they same way that people only wear a bluetooth earpiece when they are using it).
     
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    "iWatch Said to Feature Round Design"

    Well, that covers all bases, really. A strap, conventional wristwatch, big red button like off Logan's Run ...

    These analysts with their insanely ambiguous predictions -- who then cry "I told you!" at any guess that could be interpreted as being true -- really grind my gears.
     
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    Wow 128 BPM. Must be someone who just got a new iWatch!
     
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    I hope they fork over the cash to use Mondaine's watch face. :cool:

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    Oh dear, just had a flashback to the Apple-Motorola phones... If that's the case, I'll wait a generation! :D
     
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    One thing that's a pain with most smartwatches that have lots of features, is to swipe between all the different modes and notifications and apps.

    I'd like to see someone make the bezel a rotatable control, so you can more quickly zip between section choices. Just turn it to flip between cards.

    Sometimes a physical knob just makes more sense than being all-touch, and/or using tiny buttons.
     
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    Why does MR feel it necessary to show this mockup with every iWatch rumor? This mock up isn't based on any leaked Apple design or schematic. So what's the relevance?
     
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    Not if the UI is designed specifically for a round display.
    I'm not sure how. But you never know what Apple could do
     
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    I'm hoping for something more like this...

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    Ugh..Beats are mediocre headphones marketed brilliantly...
     
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    +1
    Make that "seconds by dr. dre" :D
     
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    I didn't know about this. What if Apple are buying Beats for some watch/wrist patents? :confused:
     
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    So childish.
     
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    I wouldn't have bothered my arse clicking on this link only it had an interesting looking mockup.

    I find it more interesting than a lot of the comments, tbh.
     

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