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 And that's what I think. Anything that has significant lists or options requiring a person to scroll through is going to be much easier to accomplish by pulling the iPhone out. I'm guessing after people really start using it, that the most effective watch screens will adapt more to this concept for quickly selecting something from a list.   I'll freely admit I'm in over my head here and do not completely follow you. I'll need to do some self-educating before further...
Gotcha, and while all that is infinitely practical and makes for a perfectly logical reason for them to stick to a rectangular design for an unproven product, at the end of the day, is Apple making just a smart watch? Or are they making fashion statement? The additional cost necessary to create an elegant round wrist device is no more complex than what Swiss watchmakers have been doing for years, often with equal or greater precision than Apple's standards. Surely if Apple...
 Well you're guessing on how Apple intends to present scrollable lists. If you have 30 people in your contacts that start with an "S", is the watch just not going to show them to you? Granted I'd agree refreshing a whole screen takes more power than scrolling, but depending on the draw versus tediously scrolling up and down the list with the backlight on, I'd say the trade off is in the experience. In which manner is the data most efficiently presented in a "glance" on...
I'm actually split on this issue. On the one hand, people who wear watches are used to a complicated interface, particularly if they have a watch with many "complications". I know I recently pulled out my Citizen chronograph, and for the life of me, I can't remember which button does what. So in that sense, Apple has definitely improved upon the interface. I mean seriously, how is somebody supposed to figure this out without an engineering degree?   That said, in...
I'm happy to concede this if it's true, but lets look at the facts -- Apple machines a block of metal into any shape they want. Wouldn't square corners be a lot easier to manufacture than the rounded ones? Considering virtually every product Apple sells begins like as a block of aluminum on a lathe, I'd venture to say it doesn't matter if the computer carves out a round or square shape, especially since they recycle all of that metal anyway. Apple wants rounded corners as...
I'm happy to concede any practical consideration for choosing square over round for the initial product launch, and I've agreed processing power and battery concerns are a good one in this case. I don't agree that smart watch functions need to select items from a scrollable list. In the same way the iPhone doesn't simply mimic OS X, and there are unique ways of accessing information on an iPhone than from a desktop -- the watch has it's own unique interface ... and...
You're not looking closely enough. The point of that example graphic is there's no difference at all over what Apple is currently implementing. The Watch currently has a border that results in "clipped" text and images, specifically implemented by Ive as a conscious design choice (he could have taken the display to the edge). In fact this is a style choice that compromises the display size.  The "waste of space" is filled with information from the original screen, thus...
Most likely it was not a perpetual license, indeed it might have only been valid for iOS 6 only. Part of that settlement included damages for infringement. And that's Apple -- they have $178 billion in reserve, so even $21 million tossed away on a clock that no longer aesthetically pleases the design team is not an issue. Also, I'm not sure about this, but I also got that the clock face was a Scott Forstall decision as part of his skeuomorphic design implementation,...
And this is certainly a very good reason for why Ive also said the rectangular shape was to obvious choice for the launch of this product. This is practical reason for confining the shape of the display to a rectangle. At least at first. Since I have demonstrated graphically that a virtual text box could be overlaid on a circle without losing any size, the round shape could be easily accommodated by restricting the peripheral spaces to static information only, allowing...
Well, it's all about context isn't it? If the advantages of presenting information on a circular display outweigh the disadvantages of choosing the shape itself, then I would expect it to be used, where fashion and style are not also considerations. But how does a round smart phone seem practical? For starters, people watch movies and play HD video games on smartphones, so in order to get a screen the same size as a current smartphone, the phone would have to be...
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