13 years ago, a "different" kind of Apple product launched. MR responded:

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  1. 0000757, Sep 9, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2014

    0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    The day of the announcement of the Apple Watch, and I see plenty of people saying it's a fad and it won't ever take off.

    Personally I'm indifferent. I think they're cool, i don't really know if they'll take off; they might, or they could fail. Time will only tell.

    Of course I could just quote how people said the same about the iPhone, or the iPad, but lets go back even further in time.


    October 2001, the launch of the iPod. The product that has single handedly entirely revolutionized modern consumer mobile electronics as we know it today. The device that made Apple one of the most important American companies in history. How did MacRumors reply?








    (Some of my personal favorites)

    It's hard to read these and believe that these people were serious, but just as people are doing now with the Apple Watch, and what they did with the iPad and the iPhone, people did with the iPod when it launched. Everyone here has seen this thread, but it's still so shocking and jarring to see it today, even when you've seen it hundreds of times.

    Will we be looking back on threads about the Apple Watch with posts like this and think how crazy they were? Do we do that with the iPad? or iPhone? Will we do it with other Apple products?

    I don't mean any insult by this, I just thought it would be interesting to see what MacRumors originally thought of the first iPod in the wake of a new "revolutionary" product. ;)
  2. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    I love seeing that thread every once in a while.:)

    Still, I think the Smart Watch market is a little more difficult than the MP3 or tablet one.

    But I look forward to seeing in person the Apple Watch. I remember pretty well the first time I used an iPad, I was completely lost as to how it could serve me in any way. Today? I couldn't image being without it.
  3. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I don't think it'll be as big as the iPod was, but I think that the people who buy into it will be very happy. I still really hope I can leave my iPhone on my bed and be in the living room wearing the watch.

    It's weird to think that if people didn't start wearing their iPod Nano as a watch, that none of this would have ever happened. So literally, if the iPod hadn't taken off, we would not be here right now talking about wearables.
  4. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    I'm thinking Rev 2 will hit harder, like the Galaxy Gear. I think Apple needs to work on the form factor a bit before it will be accepted as a watch. Quote me on that in 10 years :p
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
  6. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Downvotes too! Ahhh, the memories.
  7. Scepticalscribe, Sep 10, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2014

    Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Brilliant. Thanks for posting this.

    Obviously, it was before my time on the forum, so I don't remember it, but it is a most salutary reminder, nonetheless, and clearly well up there with a few other similar immortal financial and other forecasts…...
  8. juanm macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2006
    Fury 161
    Brilliant thread indeed. I have no doubt Apple will sell lots of these, and the price, all things considered, is pretty good. (Suunto "smart-ish" watches are pretty much in that price area).
    However, I'm more concerned about the price of the phones. I don't like/want to be tied to a contract, as a matter of principle (and because I change countries a lot, and I need to swap SIM cards) and the new iPhones are crazy expensive. In Europe for an iPhone 6 you're looking at 700€/800€ for the 16GB memory size. For the 6 (not the 6+) it's 820€ in france if you need anything more than 16GB.
  9. tkwolf, Sep 10, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2014

    tkwolf macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2012
    The same reactions since 2001...

    And we never changed eh?

    More than a decade later and still the same lol
  10. indychris macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2010
    Fort Wayne, IN
    I wonder if the guest poster who said "I have no need for an MP3 player" still feels that way. :eek:
  11. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    The point of the OP stands though. The iWatch surely looks to be the most groundbreaking product in mobile technology ever. Its innovation can not be matched by any competitor: such a cheap, innovative, fresh product, with a dial (!) and unknown battery life, is non existent today.
    Not to mention the sheer number of upcoming sales: I easily see at least 10 watches in every US family bought every year.
    Don't ditch out a new product just because you have reasons to do it. It's way easier to just dig out some random threads from a website, and call it a win!
  12. 0000757 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    Yep, exactly the point.

    Maybe the AppleWatch could be the next cube, who knows though? We'll always reject the new to begin with. Look at the threads in the Apple Watch forums. Many of them are saying similar things

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