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Analyst Believes iWatch Will Feature Home Automation, Be More Than an iPhone Companion

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The much-rumored iWatch may be used as a home automation gateway, allowing users to control various functions within their houses, according to a new research note by Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White.
As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the "iWatch" and described this potential new device as much more than an extension of your iPhone but as a multi-purpose gateway in allowing consumers to control their home (i.e., heating/cooling, lights, audio, video, etc.).
This functionality would mirror the abilities of apps by Philips and Nest to power the Hue lightbulbs and Nest Thermostat, allowing users to control lighting and temperature from simple commands on their devices. However, as those services require additional accessories it would likely mean Apple would have to manufacture these accessories itself or create some kind of licensing program for third parties, like AirPlay.

It is not surprising to hear that the iWatch will be far more than an iPhone companion given repeated reports of the health-sensor technology rumored to be built into it, but the potential inclusion of home automation does come as a surprise.

In the past, White has provided somewhat questionable reports, claiming that an Apple television set with an "iRing" motion control remote would be coming this year and that the iPhone 5s would come in multiple sizes. Although he did also predict there would be multiple color choices for the next iPhone.

Two iWatch models, with 1.3- and 1.6-inch 320x320 AMOLED screens, are rumored to be arriving at some point next year.

Article Link: Analyst Believes iWatch Will Feature Home Automation, Be More Than an iPhone Companion
 

Klae17

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Please don't pull a Samsung.
 
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Klae17

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Wouldn't this be available on the iPhone also then? Therefore making the automations sort of redundant? I bet you it will be integrated into Siri and the iWatch can access Siri. This is not a good enough reason to get an iWatch.
 
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Pyrrhic Victory

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Hopefully somebody other than Ive is designing them. He's messed up enough Apple products already.

And my god if you're going to make a "gold" product, don't make some ridiculous copout champagne colored gold that isn't even gold at all on the front. Grow a freaking pair and make something bright and glittery enough to do the color justice.
 
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DTphonehome

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So basically this guy has no idea what he's talking about. Based on his track record, that is.
 
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BornAgainApple

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I always liked that iPod nano watch but never took the plunge because it didn't run iOS and therefore couldn't support Find My iPhone, which is a life-saver around my house. Looking forward to whatever Apple happens to bring to market though.
 
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Pyrrhic Victory

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By the way before anyone asks, no I'm not really Scott Forstall, just a big fan of his work and hater of his ugly and arrogant nemesis Ive. I'm confident Forstall will resurface somewhere and when that time comes I want to be on his radar to have the chance to work for him.
 
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Cougarcat

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Stopped reading at "analyst."

"Analyst" is just a euphemism for a really bad guesser.
 
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Iconoclysm

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Hopefully somebody other than Ive is designing them. He's messed up enough Apple products already.

And my god if you're going to make a "gold" product, don't make some ridiculous copout champagne colored gold that isn't even gold at all on the front. Grow a freaking pair and make something bright and glittery enough to do the color justice.

The home button ring is gold, just like the silver phone has a silver ring.
 
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"The much-rumored iWatch may be used as a home automation gateway, allowing users to control various functions within their houses, according to a new research note by Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White."

So why not the iPhone too? AirPlay air conditioning... ohh yesssssss :cool:
Except this guy is probably dead wrong.
 
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mrtravel123

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Don't forget, Jobs looked years down the road when it came to technology, people's unknown needs, etc. As well, Apple recently purchased WifiSLAM, a company that specializes in INDOOR triangulation (using wifi and other signals).

Since the purchase of WifiSLAM, my thinking has been that Apple intends to expand their reach into some form of home automation, possibly using their new iWatch, the iPhone, etc. In short - your iWatch or iPhone would know when you're in bed, when you're approaching a door, etc.

An entire in-home (Apple) ecosystem could be on its way. I could really see Jobs envisioning something big like this. Apple is probably the best company to really make something like this work.... and to make it mainstream.
 
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Bigskygangsta

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By the way before anyone asks, no I'm not really Scott Forstall, just a big fan of his work and hater of his ugly and arrogant nemesis Ive. I'm confident Forstall will resurface somewhere and when that time comes I want to be on his radar to have the chance to work for him.

Scott is a goon and is lost without Apple. Ives makes Forstall look like a kindergartener. You and Scott can go for a sail on his 1980's stinking loser boat.
 
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macduke

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Great! Now I can control my smoke detector with my watch. It's just like I'm in Back to the Future or something.
 
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Hopefully somebody other than Ive is designing them. He's messed up enough Apple products already.

And my god if you're going to make a "gold" product, don't make some ridiculous copout champagne colored gold that isn't even gold at all on the front. Grow a freaking pair and make something bright and glittery enough to do the color justice.
Bright and glittery gold iphone is the worst idea I've ever heard in my life. Thank you for thinking of it.
 
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IJ Reilly

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Well, duh. Which is why the iWatch won't be called an iWatch because it won't be an iWatch. Which makes me wonder why anyone continues to predict an iWatch. Lack of imagination is my best guess.
 
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Nova Sensei

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Remember the old days when people had to stop and ask you what time it was? Those glory days will soon be back (for non-iWatch owners at least....)
 
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LunaticSX

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Since there's so much speculation on its possible uses, no matter what it finally is or does, an Apple smart watch is going to be quickly branded as "disappointing" and lacking features.

Remember the wild rumors about an "Apple tablet" before the iPad was announced, and how disappointed some people were that it was "nothing more than a big iPod touch"?
 
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Hopefully somebody other than Ive is designing them. He's messed up enough Apple products already.

And my god if you're going to make a "gold" product, don't make some ridiculous copout champagne colored gold that isn't even gold at all on the front. Grow a freaking pair and make something bright and glittery enough to do the color justice.

Ive got it exactly right by making it a light gold color and a bit more red-gold than yellow-gold. What you are proposing sounds gaudy and tacky.
 
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mejsric

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Since there's so much speculation on its possible uses, no matter what it finally is or does, an Apple smart watch is going to be quickly branded as "disappointing" and lacking features.

Remember the wild rumors about an "Apple tablet" before the iPad was announced, and how disappointed some people were that it was "nothing more than a big iPod touch"?

But.. in reality its not just a big iPod touch... then they realized.. its more useful than netbooks.. and BOOM...
 
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