What if Apple made wristwatches?

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    Watches you buy at the mall tell time, but may also have multi-time-zone clocks, stopwatches, alarms, calculators, databases, TV remotes, and other goodies builtin. Fancier watches can do even more, but are less common.

    Watches are a piece of consumer hardware with a lot of software built in. Not quite a hand-held device, but pretty close to it. A market that's rarely exciting or newsworthy. Almost everyone wants one, giving a small thought to style and function, and then forgetting about it as it travels around on your wrist. Watches are not thought of as something that would appear on newsmagazine covers or get much attention in popular culture.

    But... what if Apple designers got involved and Apple entered this market? What would Apple styling produce? What killer app would Apple come up with? What would make everyone (or YOU specifically) run out and replace their current wristwatch with the new AppleWatch?
     
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    Good question. There have been some Apple promotional watches, like a Think Different watch I have that turns anti-clockwise. Does anyone at Apple have a hand in designing these things? I have no idea.

    [edit: and duh, the obvious occurs to me later; I hardly wear a watch lately because it's redundant with the iPod's menu clock.]
     
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    I would be interested to see what Apple would design as a watch. Just like the iPod, I would take a look. At this point don't think I would have a use for anything more than just a regular watch. It seems that cell phones, iPod, & PDA already have the needed functions.
     
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    Wristwatches are definitely one of the products where less is more...I mean gizmo watches with hundreds of buttons are just so 80's!! :p
     
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    I have to agree on watches less is more for the most part. There are times when a few extra gizmos in it are helpful. For the most part I choose a watch based on how well it stands up to the adbuse I give watches.

    I like timex watches because they last about a year before I break them (30 bucks for 1 year is not bad for me).

    Currently my main watch is a Gshock watch and it lasted me about over 2 years and I just had to replace the bands so far. It going ot need a new bat soon but for 100 bucks and it is still going strong haver 2 years I think it good

    That reminds me I need to get my citzen watch fix I do need a formal watch for some stuff (something a apple watch just wouldn ot look right for so that one does not count there)
     
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    Was meant to be a mock up for an Apple branded mobile phone but thought some of you might like it!
     

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    If Apple made a watch, it would run a stripped down version of OS X, have BlueTooth, 802.11g, be able to tell time in all 24 time zones - simultaneously (and some times zones on the moon), be used as a wireless mouse, and have a spring loaded contraption that shoots out of the wrist band to clean your butt.
     
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    Didn't you forget 1GB of storage built-in?
     
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    Apple should definately team up with Swatch, the Swiss designer fashion watch maker. At the very least, Apple should let Swatch design a handful of new watch designs, coordinating with the various Apple computer models.
     
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    I'm sure that when Apple reads this post everyone there will be like "Hey, let's make a watch to prove him wrong yet again." Not to mention (though I'm mentioning it anyways) I think Apple already made a watch, or at least had watches made with their logo. I'm not too sure, watches belong in the clothing section, not really the media section...we did have that limited edition $499 iPod music jacket, so I wouldn't be surprised if Apple puts out a limited edition watch for maybe $70.
     
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    They already have.........
     

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    Pretty cool - too small to ever be a mobile phone (at least in the near future), but a nice watch/iPod remote!
     
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    If we can't think of a killer app for the AppleWatch, we could suggest something simpler. Our AppleWatches might as well control our iPods and also iTunes on our Macs, so we don't have to bother using other gadgets for that.

    I wonder if people who use dual monitors on their Macs would also be the ones to wear an AppleWatch on each wrist?
     
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    what a horrible, horrible idea.

    my cellphone tells time.

    my ipod tells time.

    my powerbook tells time.

    the guy sitting next to me tells time.

    why would i want to wear a watch? this is the year 2004 is it not?

    the only watch i would ever wear (if i wore jewelry) would be a nice rolex (or other top tier brand) for dress occasions, but then i'd want a pocket watch (far classier).
     
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    Believe me if apple decided to produce their own watch (not a branded one like they've done before)it would be a top tier watch. (plus i own a rolex and an omega- Rolex is not a all that great)

    cheers
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    no, this is an apple watch, there would still only be one button ;)
     
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    I have one of those watches, with the original apple logo on it. It's pretty cool, but it got pretty annoying. I have a DKNY watch now that I have had for three years and it's still in great shape.
     
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    WOW, holy crap batman,

    What an awesome concept... You see I am a pilot, ergo.. I love watches and gadgets (my current watch www.yeswatch.com )

    And yes it is true, the bigger the watch the smaller the......!

    I would jump on a panther/tiger chronograph with BT/GPS/MP3/CDMA/802.11g compatable with BT trackball/ring that I could wear upside down in the palm of my hand and be able to thumb through the web. Oh yea and a compass in the stock!

    The real question is can I get changable wristbands, but not in fruit. And can I get a spandex "Apple Man" superhero outfit too!!

    Kidding aside I would have one in a heartbeat!
     
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    I too own a Rolex and an Omega. I love my Omega, but I really love my Rolex. Why do you say that the Rolex is not all that great? I know we all have our opinions about watches, and that it is personal preference, but sounds like you have had a bad experience? What happened. Both my Seamaster and my GMT master are wonderful.
     
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    The only possible drawback to Apple making a wristwatch would be that it would probably run so hot that it would burn your wrist :D
     
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    I too own an Omega (speedmaster), and plethera of watches, didn't buy the Rolex.. too predictable. Went ..."different".

    Apple design, much like Bang & Olfsen, and a handful of others, would pump out an instant classic. I appreciate B&O in the same way as Apple, and they have branched out of traditional stereo to the likes of Telephones.

    An Apple car, phone, watch, computer, & dawg would fit wonderfully in my "different" world
     
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    Doctor Q, you're driving me up a wall, man, who are you asking? Still, from geek to geek, we both know who would use and wear one of those tech watches. It would light up in blue, use a high resolution, have a mini-bluetooth module, and would use the font Myriad Pro. (Though I can do without dual monitors.) But one thing I know about most of Apple's older products: Most of the hardware that gets discontinued doesn't come back to life.
     
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    I have one of those watches that goes "counterclockwise", but now you're telling me that Apple has one that goes "Anti-clockwise". I have to get one of those! :D :D :p
     
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    They're both acceptable, so is contraclockwise :p
     

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