Former Apple Human Interface Developer Speculates on Future 'iWatch'

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Former Apple employee and human interface developer Bruce Tognazzini published a blog post earlier this week listing his thoughts on the iWatch, a potential Apple product that made headlines late in 2012.

    The Pebble Smartwatch
    Tognazzini's post encompasses a wide range of ideas on the design and functionality of the iWatch. He believes that an Apple-branded smart watch would have few standalone operations, instead being used to extend the usefulness of existing Apple devices by enhancing apps and other functions.

    One of his more compelling ideas includes the elimination of passcodes. With a passcode, he speculates, the smart watch, which would incorporate a sleek, button-free design, could be used to unlock iPhones and Macs via proximity.
    Along with facilitating phone calls and incorporating sensors, Tognazzini believes that an Apple iWatch might also include NFC capabilities for making payments and temperature controls, similar to the Nest.
    An iWatch could even potentially serve as a fix for Apple Maps, utilizing pressure data from watches to build an altitude map of the world, which would improve the functionality of Apple's 3D mapping.
    Tognazzini believes that via apps and design, Apple would revolutionize the smart watch industry, with its curved glass designs created by Jony Ive, Siri integration, and wireless charging.

    Though Tognazzini admits to having no insider information, he points out that his ideas come from a "solid understanding of Apple, its products, the problem, and the opportunity."

    His full rundown on the potential Apple iWatch is worth a read, and it can be found on his blog, AskTog.

    Article Link: Former Apple Human Interface Developer Speculates on Future 'iWatch'
  2. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    iWatch? Seriously? Don't we have already that does something similar to this?
  3. macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2004
    An iWatch is about 10 years too late! I don't know anyone who wears watches anymore because of the fact that they have cell phones! :confused:
  4. macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    and what am i supposed to do with this iwatch thingy? it's like the google fans and google glass. its so cool but no one can figure out what they are going to do with it
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    some people think apple has to get their hands in everything huh. kinda reminds me of microsoft lol.
  6. TennisandMusic

    Aug 26, 2008
    What about the one BIG problem...I don't (and I know many others) want to wear a watch. Ever. I don't want a watch tan, and I don't want that dorky thing strapped to my wrist.

    The "problem" it's supposed to solve is that I don't want to take the phone out of my pocket? Why have the phone then? I think it sounds silly.
  7. macrumors regular


    Mar 21, 2012
    Florida, USA
  8. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I wonder if a gadget saturation point will be reached. I'm not sure I want to have yet another gadget, let alone wear one. If the "iWatch" was a workable substitute for my iPhone, I'd be all over it. But it's not that much trouble to pull my iPhone out of my pocket and wave it for a transaction.

    Another consideration: how waterproof would the watch be?
  9. AngerDanger, Feb 8, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2013

    macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Lose your watch, lose your identity. Jeez, it sounds so much like a cheesey Sci-Fi plot, I just had to:

  10. macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2011
    Ten years ago we weren't all exactly playing video games on our cell phones though and i think the watch has been long forgotten as a utility device. I think if this were to come true, it would definitely push the smart watch market just like the original iPhone did.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
    This is not something for me. I don't care how cool, this is not something I will purchase.
  12. macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2010
    Next: An iShoe. Eliminates the need of a GPS in phone, monitors your weight, and improves dating chances!
  13. macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    Smart Watch Industry?!?
    Sorry but there is no smart watch industry. There's fewer and fewer wearing watches at all, aside of for fashion reasons. There are chronographs and there are people like my wife that have her older iPod Nano on a wrist band, but to call this theoretical idea an "industry" is silly.
  15. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
    Everyone says the dont want or don't need one, but how many of these people said the same thing when the iPhone and/or iPad came out?
  16. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2010
    i can only hope Bruze Tognazzini doesn't ever work for a bank....lose your watch and have your entire identity stolen!
  18. macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    I personally think the iWatch is a fantastic idea and would buy one the second it was released.

    Then again, I'm a watch fan (I have quite a few) and would like the ideas he presented for added usefulness.


    Is losing a watch more common than losing your cell phone? Better putting an NFC tag in my watch than in my cell phone IMO.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2011
    knowing apple the watch wouldn't be worth a few bucks so if you let someone get close enough and long enough to do that, then you're just asking for it. hopefully though, it would implement that "near field" feature to alert you when the both separate.
  20. GQB
    macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2007
    Watches are pretty much 100% for fashion nowadays.
    That doesn't make the idea a bad one. Fashions come and go, and if Apple (or anyone) were to be able to make a really stunning piece of wristwear that became a 'must-have', this idea could have legs.
    But the key is that it has to be orders of magnitude better looking than ANY of the watch ideas I've yet seen floated. They all look like ass.
  21. macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    Exactly. People don't know what they need or want until Apple tempts them. :D
  22. macrumors 68040


    People don't wear watches - but they wear Nike+ Fuelbands.
    I have yet to see someone who ditched his or her watch because it was uncomfortable, so that's not the point. They ditch is because it's useless with a smartphone, just displaying the time or at best having a calculator or IR remote build-in. And if you complain that iOS hasn't changed since it's introduction and ditch it, chances are that you don't like a device that hasn't changed a lot in a century.

    And that is where Apple fits in.
  23. macrumors 68020


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    I kinda like the red watch in the picture. Just remember: there are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't. And for those who don't, it says it's 12:15:26.
  24. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I, as the only remaining person on Earth who wears a watch, will explain that I do so because it is more convenient to glance at my wrist for the time than take my cell phone out of whatever pocket in which it is stored and push the home button to see the time.

    Glancing at my wrist is clearly an antiquated and old fashioned way to learn the time.

    But, according to the poster above, I am the only quaint fogey who still does that.

  25. macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2012
    iAM not interested

    "...........using pressure data from millions of watches, Apple could build a precision altitude map of the world. This map would indicate true altitudes everywhere that iWatch wearers travel. The granularity would be several orders of magnitude......."

    What is granularity and how is it measured in orders of magnitude?

    Sorry, this is enough to scare the c*** out of me. I don't want to sound defeatist, but thank God I'm in my mid 50's and hopefully wont be around (ie: I'll be dead!) when every single person on the planet will be trackable/contactable/accountable...

    Why don't we all iOFF, get a life and appreciate the things that are important like gorgeous sunsets, bird song - anything but this junk...


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