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Anybody else want an Apple Watch with a landscape double-wide screen?

  • Yes, please!

    Votes: 4 5.9%
  • No, thanks!

    Votes: 64 94.1%

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bobob

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First off, this would be be an additional model, not a replacement for the classic Apple Watch.

...and sure an Apple Watch with a double-wide landscape screen might be considered unwieldy by some - - but what if it could provide all the functionality of an iPhone?

Do you want one?

- Big enough to watch a movie in widescreen with your AirPods
- Big enough to more easily read text documents
- Big enough for full fingertip handwriting to text
- Big enough for epic complication displays
- Big enough to function as a full wrist dashboard
- Big enough for 48 hours battery life

Whether it will be called the Apple Watch Pro or Apple WatchPad (with the new WatchPadOS), well I'll leave that up to Apple...

Here's a non-Apple picture to give an idea of the format:

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spooklog

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Aug 10, 2015
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That's a fascinating idea--so interesting, in fact, that I can almost guarantee you Apple engineers have experimented with that form factor. You should write them and suggest they try it out with customers.
 
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ApfelKuchen

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If it was similar to that proof-of-concept, definitely not. Based on where I wear my Watch, I'd have trouble flexing my wrist, or at the least it's likely the Digital Crown would frequently be pressed when I do flex my wrist (it happens occasionally now).
 
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Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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First off, this would be be an additional model, not a replacement for the classic Apple Watch.

...and sure an Apple Watch with a double-wide landscape screen might be considered unwieldy by some - - but what if it could provide all the functionality of an iPhone?

Do you want one?

- Big enough to watch a movie in widescreen with your AirPods
- Big enough to more easily read text documents
- Big enough for full fingertip handwriting to text
- Big enough for epic complication displays
- Big enough to function as a full wrist dashboard
- Big enough for 48 hours battery life

Whether it will be called the Apple Watch Pro or Apple WatchPad (with the new WatchPadOS), well I'll leave that up to Apple...

Here's a non-Apple picture to give an idea of the format:

1be076231a6db95f6dedf3e9c680198a.png

That is atrociously hideous and it’s something Apple never, ever would do.

I know my opinion is harsh (And not directed at you OP), but it’s a tough reality that would never happen.
 
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JBaby

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Jun 14, 2015
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That is atrociously hideous and it’s something Apple never, ever would do.

I know my opinion is harsh (And not directed at you OP), but it’s a tough reality that would never happen.

I couldn’t agree more!!!
 
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matrix07

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Jun 24, 2010
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Yes please but I’d like the widescreen to be along with the arm.

Think about how many beautiful complications Apple can put there
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iFone88

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Oct 5, 2018
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No thanks.

That completely moves the device a away from being a 'watch'
 
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bobob

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I like my watch to look like a watch.
That completely moves the device a away from being a 'watch'
I agree that it would no longer be a "watch", but an evolution into a wrist computer.

The wrist is the most logical body real estate for screen-based wearable computing devices.

However I do agree with everyone, that Apple would need to bring the full weight of their design prowess to bear on solving the appearance and ergonomic issues.
 
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akash.nu

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I agree that it would no longer be a "watch", but an evolution into a wrist computer.

The wrist is the most logical body real estate for screen-based wearable computing devices.

However I do agree with everyone, that Apple would need to bring the full weight of their design prowess to bear on solving the appearance and ergonomic issues.

Also the size of the battery and limitations of physics.
 
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bobob

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Based on where I wear my Watch, I'd have trouble flexing my wrist, or at the least it's likely the Digital Crown would frequently be pressed when I do flex my wrist (it happens occasionally now).
Perhaps Apple could go with an asymmetrical design to alleviate this issue.

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danmart

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Apr 24, 2015
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As others have alluded to, the ergonomics wouldn’t really support this. At best the extra width would be ‘up your sleeve‘ and the band would then be off centre. Not an issue, just a thing. But holding your wrist with the top in view for any more than 10-20 seconds becomes tiresome then tiring. You would have a better result from a biomechanics perspective if the screen was on the underside of your wrist.

The other big factor would be battery life. Yes, bigger form means more battery space, but bigger screen means more consumption. And the power consumed by doing more complex tasks more of the time would, I strongly suspect, mean a really short battery life with current tech.

So I doubt this is a flyer. A combo between Watch and Glasses would be a more likely way of making the iPhone itself obsolete. Watch to hold batteries and processor. Glasses to provide a ‘bigger screen’ experience.
 
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