Originally Posted by Andrey
Lonely worthy comment in a pile of garbage. Today I found my Citizen Ecco-drive in another pile of garbage. Coincidence? Beautiful titanium watch.... no signs of life. It's been a while since I wore them. Cell phone killed watch for millions, including myself and you can call it super smart watch: there is no demand. I don't think Apple will have enough fanatics to justify design, development and manufacturing. Maybe Apple just spread a rumor to lure silly Koreans into a marketing trap.
I don't doubt that Apple's working on some sort of watch project. Whether they will actually launch the fabled unicorn iWatch remains to be seen. The difference is that Apple will release it if and when the product is actually ready. It might be next year, it might be five years from now, it might be never. Keep in mind that Apple had worked on touchscreen tablets over a decade prior to the iPad launch, but kept waiting until the technology, market conditions, and the product development were ready. But, in the meantime, much of that tablet R&D laid the foundation for the iPhone.
But, there is a danger in conflating your use case into a conclusion that "there is no demand" for a smartwatch. All that the Samsung Galaxy Gear proves is that there's virtually no demand for an overpriced wearable device that has limited functionality on its own, and has numerous functions that were clearly rushed to production before they were ready. And keep in mind that before the iPad came along, the tablet computer had largely failed in the market.
Even though you don't wear a watch, millions of others do. At the low end, watches are commodified -- far more so than even smartphones. Yet, there's also a sizable high end market that is largely analog and fashion-driven. At the same time, watches for the most part remain limited in what they can do well. The issue for Apple is whether there is an addressable niche that nobody has adequately covered to date.
With the iPad, they were able to leverage their iOS ecosystem and ramp up a previously failed market segment. Maybe this is a case where technology alone will not be the final determinant, where the design plays a bigger role than with Apple's other products. Or Apple's still looking for the right combination of use cases -- things that a watch does not currently do, but can do very well. Either way, Apple's history indicates that they will not come out with something unless they know that it can perform a tightly selected set of functions exceptionally well.