I was gonna buy the iWatch but now I'm not so sure...

JerTheGeek

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Hello all.
I am excited to hear the rumors that the Apple wearable will probably be announced on September 9. But now, after reading a lot of posts and articles, I have begun to think that the wearable might not be an iWatch. Perhaps it will just be a simpler fitness tracker device, rather than an actual watch/notifier (like Android Wear). I am more interested in a watch and email, text, reminder, etc. notifier that connects with my iPhone, rather than a fitness tracker. What does everyone think? Will you be buying the Apple wearable whether it is an iWatch or a fitness tracker? Or are you only interested in a smart watch? What exactly do you suspect the wearable by Apple to be?
 

Bobby Corwen

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Nah, don't need it lol.

I feel like I can never be doing something seriously enough or can be multitasking hard core enough to really need that.

At all other times it feels super inorganic. Its not just a watch but a digital satellite to where you start to feel borderline cyborg-ish wearing it. Really brings out that over the top nerd feeling and not in a cool way.
 

iBanker

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It's too early to make purchasing decisions on a product when we don't know which form it will come in and what it will be capable of.
 

willmtaylor

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Nah, don't need it lol.

I feel like I can never be doing something seriously enough or can be multitasking hard core enough to really need that.

At all other times it feels super inorganic. Its not just a watch but a digital satellite to where you start to feel borderline cyborg-ish wearing it. Really brings out that over the top nerd feeling and not in a cool way.
To the guy who thinks the iWatch will be too small: Please just try it. Give it a chance.
 
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Deeds500

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I personally just don't see the need for one. As much as I love iphone, they are intrusive enough in our lives as it is. Sure we can decide what we want our phone to alert us about, but having a watch would make it even more intrusive. If my phone is in my pocket, the vibrate will alert me to a notification, I don't need my wrist to be vibrating as well. Plus there is the extra cost and without knowing too much more, probably the extra sync as well.

If the watch is predominantly about health, then sure that's great for those who take their exercise seriously, but I just don't see the need to have what will most likely be a mini version of my phone clinging to my wrist.
 

kdarling

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I personally just don't see the need for one. As much as I love iphone, they are intrusive enough in our lives as it is. Sure we can decide what we want our phone to alert us about, but having a watch would make it even more intrusive. ....
Actually, once you own a smartwatch, you realize how much LESS intrusive it makes notifications.

Instead of totally disrupting whatever you're doing by yanking out your phone to see if the notification is important, you can simply glance at your wrist.

Thus my son-in-law loves his Pebble in meetings where it's frowned upon to always be playing with your smartphone. He can instantly see if he really needs to check it.

Likewise, my daughter loves her Samsung Fit because, as a teacher, she's not allowed to use a phone at all. Yet she can still get notifications and text messages on her wrist all day long, and even send canned replies with a touch of a finger.
 

jeremiah239

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Actually, once you own a smartwatch, you realize how much LESS intrusive it makes notifications.

Instead of totally disrupting whatever you're doing by yanking out your phone to see if the notification is important, you can simply glance at your wrist.

Thus my son-in-law loves his Pebble in meetings where it's frowned upon to always be playing with your smartphone. He can instantly see if he really needs to check it.

Likewise, my daughter loves her Samsung Fit because, as a teacher, she's not allowed to use a phone at all. Yet she can still get notifications and text messages on her wrist all day long, and even send canned replies with a touch of a finger.
So true
 

iososx

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I have zero desire to purchase an iWatch.
I most certainly don't want one. It's designed as an attention getter and profit center for Apple. I'm guessing it'll sell initially, but as the honeymoon fades, people will realize their true value is as a tracking device in addition to smartphones.

Might as well accelerate the push to have us forced into allowing the feds to insert embedded chips, just like they've predicted. They'll create a compelling story people will believe, just as they're removing the word "gullible" from the dictionary. :)
 

3N16MA

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Well you can't buy something that has never been announced or released. Might want to wait until Apple actually makes the iWatch a reality.
 

Deeds500

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Actually, once you own a smartwatch, you realize how much LESS intrusive it makes notifications.

Instead of totally disrupting whatever you're doing by yanking out your phone to see if the notification is important, you can simply glance at your wrist.

Thus my son-in-law loves his Pebble in meetings where it's frowned upon to always be playing with your smartphone. He can instantly see if he really needs to check it.

Likewise, my daughter loves her Samsung Fit because, as a teacher, she's not allowed to use a phone at all. Yet she can still get notifications and text messages on her wrist all day long, and even send canned replies with a touch of a finger.
I hear what you're saying, but why then the need for an iphone device? Me personally, I don't want two devices, I want one unit, which would be the iphone at the expense of a watch.
 

jkel777

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I read an article somewhere (might've been MacRumors, actually...) that said that the iWatch may be more of an iPhone "accessory" as opposed to a standalone product. This is due to the rumors that Apple is announcing the iWatch alongside the new iPhone at the 9/9 event.
 

Mildredop

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Let them announce/release it first and then we can all decide.
These sorts of comments are unfortunate. This site and its forum are to discuss the various rumours and to speculate what might or might not be.

Personally, I agree with the op. A fitness tracker isn't something that interests me, but a watch that notifies me does. However, I would want jewellery rather than a wrist computer. I think I'll be more interested in smart watches when the traditional watch manufacturers add smart capabilities to their watches.
 

maflynn

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So far based on the handful of leaks (mostly speculation), I see little need for an iwatch. I don't even wear a watch but it may come in handy for my runs but my iPhone handles that task.
 

juanrp

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I have little to no interest for the iWatch.
I just recently started wearing a watch, but I still find myself looking at my phone for the time. It's a habit.

On the other hand, we don't know what the iWatch will bring to the table, so it's best to sit and wait, then decide.
 

kdarling

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I hear what you're saying, but why then the need for an iphone device? Me personally, I don't want two devices, I want one unit, which would be the iphone at the expense of a watch.
I understand. If you only want one device, then it might as well be the phone. (Actually, this is why many choose a phablet. They don't want a phone and a tablet. Similar concept.)

As to why there are two: In most cases, the phone is the master device, the source of notifications, and the point of communcation with the rest of the world. The smartwatch is more or less a display peripheral to the phone, connected via Bluetooth.

There are also totally standalone wrist phones with voice calling and 2G/3G data.

There are also smartwatches without voice calling, but which have their own WiFi or 2G or 3G connection so they can operate without the master phone nearby.

Of course battery life is a huge concern when a watch is also a cellular device.
 

Brian Y

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As someone who's owned a pebble since launch, I'm pretty excited about this.

Pebble/smartwatches are things that you don't think you really need, until you live with them. It's so convenient getting an email/text and checking it on your wrist.
 

nepalisherpa

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These sorts of comments are unfortunate. This site and its forum are to discuss the various rumours and to speculate what might or might not be.

Personally, I agree with the op. A fitness tracker isn't something that interests me, but a watch that notifies me does. However, I would want jewellery rather than a wrist computer. I think I'll be more interested in smart watches when the traditional watch manufacturers add smart capabilities to their watches.
It's not because there has been no leaks at all on iWatches except for the possibility that there will be one. Without any leaks, what is there to discuss. Everyone discussing can have their opinion of what it could be and it would be a never-ending discussion. Had there been a spec or two leaked, then everyone could base their discussion on it.
 

sulpfiction

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I most certainly don't want one. It's designed as an attention getter and profit center for Apple. I'm guessing it'll sell initially, but as the honeymoon fades, people will realize their true value is as a tracking device in addition to smartphones.

Might as well accelerate the push to have us forced into allowing the feds to insert embedded chips, just like they've predicted. They'll create a compelling story people will believe, just as they're removing the word "gullible" from the dictionary. :)
Open the blinds on ur widows and let some sunshine in.
 

iBook_Clamshell

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I listen to Jonathan Park stories on the radio, and they are always talking into their "communicator watches" to talk to other members of their team. If this thing will be a stand-alone device capable of doing everything an iPhone does, then I might consider it.