With this being a forum for alternatives to iOS devices, allow me to refer you to a broader perspective again: Can Apple repeat the success they had with creating the new smart phone paradigm? I'd say there is a new product category looming. One that many people feel is ready to turn mobile computing on its head. They are just not decided yet, how exactly it will look like. What they do agree on, though, is that it has to do with adding yet another layer of computation to our interaction with the world. Call it ambient computing, call it self-tracking, call it wearable computing, several companies are starting to dip their toes in and create the next big thing. We have Google trying augmented reality with Google Glass. We have so many rumors about an iWatch, and actual attempts at a wrist-worn computation device with the Pebble, the Nike-Fuelband and several Apple competitors trying to create smart watches. But more than just looking at heaps of smoke and deducing that there is fire, it looks to me that the mobile computing trend has not, in fact, reached a stable state where everyone is happy to copy the iPhone. When we consider other developments in the realm of augmented reality and communication technology, there is bound to be a point where these technologies converge. And then there will be repercussions for the current smart phone paradigm, because its computation functions may either be relegated to a new product category, or we turn to a hub-node model, where satellite gadgets compartmentalize the functions that currently are being done with our phones. I believe that a wrist-worn device is the most likely first iteration of the next generation of our mobile computation paradigm. There are many functional, but more importantly socio-ecologic reasons about mainstream adoption of new technologies. I don't know if Apple is the one to usher in the next disruptive technology, but I do think that they are much better suited to design products for human needs than their competition. Microsoft could be the dark horse, if their management decisions held up with the ingenuity that is hidden in their internal research facilities. Anyway, a more elaborate argument about what sort of design approach it takes to create disruptive technology, and why Google Glass looks ill advised may be found here: http://blog.jochmann.me/post/46935733114/on-social-affordances-google-glass-the-iwatch I'd be interested what you think the next game changing communication-tech product could look like. Why should it not be an iWatch? What else could it be? Is Apple the place to create it?