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A fresh set of rumors about Apple's anticipated "iWatch" were supplied on Thursday by mainstream media outlet, which was told by an unnamed source that the device will boast wireless charging capabilities, and will sport a slightly rectangular watch face.

"iWatch" concept by Martin Hajek.


The face of the watch will measure about 2.5 inches diagonally, according to Reuters, which cited a person familiar with the unannounced product. That face is expected to protrude slightly from the band and create an arch shape.

The display of the watch is expected to be a touchscreen supplied by LG Display, and Taiwan-based Quanta Computer Inc. is said to be planning to start production of the device in July.

The source also claimed that the device will include a heart rate monitor from Heptagon that will track the wearer's pulse. That aligns with rumors from over a year ago that said the device is expected to focus on biometrics for health and fitness feedback.

The so-called "iWtach" also expected to feature wireless charging -- something The New York Times also claimed earlier this year.

Apple is said to be planning a media event for this October where it's expected to introduce the company's "first wearable device," which is widely believed to be a wrist-worn connected device. The "iWatch" is believed to tap into the new HealthKit tools for developers that Apple will include in the forthcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system, which is currently available in beta for testing.

Other recent reports have suggested the device will sport a flexible OLED touchscreen. Such technology could allow Apple to introduce unique designs not possible with traditional LCD panels.
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Oh, for crying out loud%u2026!

(sigh)

Edit: Hey, how come 3 dots (dot dot dot) comes out all messed up, as it is after the word "loud" up above? I only have that problem here.
Edited by BobSchlob - 6/19/14 at 1:27pm
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There has to be more to the iWatch than just health tracking. Apple would not likely sell millions of these things if it was just that.

There may be a lot of fat and obese people in the world who NEED a device like this, but they won't buy it just for that.

What's the killer app for the iWatch? It has to be convenience or a new feature we didn't know we couldn't live without. THIS is the true secrecy of the iWatch.
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Oh, for crying out loud%u2026!

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Eww...
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And what is a slightly rectangular???
These reports are getting Ridiculous!
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There has to be more to the iWatch than just health tracking. Apple would not likely sell millions of these things if it was just that.

There may be a lot of fat and obese people in the world who NEED a device like this, but they won't buy it just for that.

What's the killer app for the iWatch? It has to be convenience or a new feature we didn't know we couldn't live without. THIS is the true secrecy of the iWatch.

 

Health

Home Automation - AC adjust to your temp?  Lights open/close when you walk in, ect

Gaming

TV remote

Replace CarKey, CarFob

Open garage

Payments

 

Keep in mind that all of Apple's devices are just scaled down Main Frames:

 

MainFrame > PC > Laptop > SmartPhone > Tablet > Watch

 

the uses of a watch computer is as endless as your imagination

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Slightly rectangular as opposed to very rectangular? Lol
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Slightly rectangular as opposed to very rectangular? Lol


 its a translation of a translation in Taiwan.

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I'm not sure I want my health tracked so closely..
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post #11 of 118
Not thinking this is true. They could have just opened up a SDK for the small square iPod, added a camera and a apple band.
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I'm not sure I want my health tracked so closely..

 

it could save your life from a heart attack

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the uses of a watch computer is as endless as your imagination

 I'm pretty sure I'm not buying an iWatch. My iPhone screen is already too small. I can't imaging trying to read text on a watch screen. Perhaps it will be useful for telling time, but I don't really care what time it is and my iPhone already does that.

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Come on folks. "Slightly rectangular" means almost square, but not quite. When looking at form factors for such devices, you would need more than just "square" or "rectangular" to talk about it since rectangular covers a whole heck of a lot of territory. This is not math class.
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There has to be more to the iWatch than just health tracking. Apple would not likely sell millions of these things if it was just that.

There may be a lot of fat and obese people in the world who NEED a device like this, but they won't buy it just for that.

What's the killer app for the iWatch? It has to be convenience or a new feature we didn't know we couldn't live without. THIS is the true secrecy of the iWatch.
That's what I don't get about it, people want this device, those are the tech, however 90% of apple customers will not care for it.
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rectangular shape? like a 70's device?
Edited by Ingela - 6/19/14 at 1:22pm
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Looks like the 6th gen Nano w an arm band. 1hmm.gif
 
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Oh, for crying out loud%u2026!

(sigh)

 

haters got to hate.

 

U are probably one of those fools who said the iPad is just a bigger iPhone

Hate what? another clueless "rumor"?

U R (there you go; little basement dwelling, juvenile web lingo, so that we are equal "bro") probably someone who just has no taste in design.

 

Also: "iPad just a bigger iPhone"?  Ridiculous! Can't make cell calls on iPad.


Edited by BobSchlob - 6/19/14 at 1:29pm
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Somewhere in Korea a Samsung executive is patent searching "slightly rectangular".
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Health

Home Automation - AC adjust to your temp?  Lights open/close when you walk in, ect

Gaming

TV remote

Replace CarKey, CarFob

Open garage

Payments

 

Keep in mind that all of Apple's devices are just scaled down Main Frames:

 

MainFrame > PC > Laptop > SmartPhone > Tablet > Watch

 

the uses of a watch computer is as endless as your imagination

Users already want a larger iPhone screen do you really believe they are going to manage all that from a 2.5 inch screen? I don't see it. Also most of what you listed is way down the line even if this product takes off. All computer technology not just Apple's trickles down from Mainframes. The iPod Nano has a 2.5 inch screen and having it sitting in front of me that is a freaking huge screen on your wrist. How is the average female going to manage a 2.5 inch screen? On the average male that would wrap around the entire top part of his wrist. 

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it could save your life from a heart attack

I'd rather take an aspirin.
 
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2.5" screen size for a wearable device? That sounds like something Samsung would make..
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That's what I don't get about it, people want this device, those are the tech, however 90% of apple customers will not care for it.

Do we even know what "it" is? Besides some promise rumor of a small, wearable touchscreen?

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That's what I don't get about it, people want this device, those are the tech, however 90% of apple customers will not care for it.

 

and how the fuk do you know that 90% of Apple customers don't want it?

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Users already want a larger iPhone screen do you really believe they are going to manage all that from a 2.5 inch screen? I don't see it. Also most of what you listed is way down the line even if this product takes off. All computer technology not just Apple's trickles down from Mainframes. The iPod Nano has a 2.5 inch screen and having it sitting in front of me that is a freaking huge screen on your wrist. How is the average female going to manage a 2.5 inch screen? On the average male that would wrap around the entire top part of his wrist. 

 

You have no VISION.  Glad you are not running Apple.

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"un-square" any better? 1smile.gif
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I'd rather take an aspirin.

 

or a stroke.

 

I guess some people rather be ignorant than alive

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Originally Posted by BobSchlob View Post
Edit: Hey, how come 3 dots (dot dot dot) comes out all messed up, as it is after the word "loud" up above? I only have that problem here.

 

So you posted from appleinsider.com and not forums.appleinsider.com, right? The comment field on the site proper has always been broken. It can't handle anything but the most rudimentary ASCII.

 

Originally Posted by sog35 View Post

U are probably one of those fools who said the iPad is just a bigger iPhone

 

2.5" isn't exactly 'wearable'.

 

Originally Posted by sog35 View Post
it could save your life from a heart attack
Originally Posted by sog35 View Post

or a stroke. I guess some people rather be ignorant than alive

 

I'd rather the entire western world not know how my kidneys are functioning, thanks.

 

If I need a machine to tell me how I'm feeling medically, I'm probably not in a position that my heath is of any concern to me.

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or a stroke.

I guess some people rather be ignorant than alive

It's not ignorant to want to live a life not based on hypochondria.
 
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Of all the concepts, I like the ones that look thin like a Nike Fuelband. After that, it's the circular-faced elegant design. Any of these others and I don't think I'd wear it.

Watches don't really hold any "fashion" sway with me - I never liked wearing watches (mid-90s), even before everyone stopped wearing watches. (2001) When people asked me why I didn't have a watch or wear a watch or wouldn't want a watch, I said that my pager / cell phone had a clock on it. If my cell phone can do it, I'll refuse to wear a watch.

So, with that said, a lot of functionality will be required to get something on my wrist. Apple touts nature (generally) when designing products. I can't believe they'll unnecessarily tether a product to our bodies just for a few bucks. It has to be an enhancement and purposeful, and something that we don't notice - or gets in our way.
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And what is a slightly rectangular???
These reports are getting Ridiculous!

Instead of rounded corners it's cornered rounders.

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There has to be more to the iWatch than just health tracking. Apple would not likely sell millions of these things if it was just that.

The killer app(s) will be the frameworks that allow third parties to create useful functionality. My guess is that the medical and fitness aspects will be the major sellers. You don't need a wearable to speak, text, browse, etc.

 

Voice commands could be a big seller for the geeks though I suspect that invoking Siri and telling her to dim the lights in the dining room and turn up the volume on the TV will always be slower than doing it manually ;)

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There has to be more to the iWatch than just health tracking. Apple would not likely sell millions of these things if it was just that.

There may be a lot of fat and obese people in the world who NEED a device like this, but they won't buy it just for that.

What's the killer app for the iWatch? It has to be convenience or a new feature we didn't know we couldn't live without. THIS is the true secrecy of the iWatch.

Well, they haven't sold ANY yet all those "millions" are in various analysts dreams so who knows?

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Am I the only one that thinks that if Apple does indeed have an iWatch in production, they should move it to Q1-Q2 2015 instead of this fall? Seems like this fall is going to be extremely packed with new iPhones, iPads, iOS8, 10.10, new Macs (Macbooks/Apple TV/Mac mii), etc etc along with the usual rush of Christmas. Seems the iWatch would pack a much bigger punch if they had a special event early next year. Do they really want it competing for attention with all the other stuff? Also would give people something else to look forward to, instead of blowing their whole load in a couple months.

 

I know "delaying" it will have investors/analysts shrieking for blood, but to me it seems the most pragmatic move, both for Apple's benefit and that of consumers.

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What's the killer app for the iWatch? 

 

The 'killer app' is a fake heart rate monitor that flat lines when you are trying to get a reading... </s>

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Of all the concepts, I like the ones that look thin like a Nike Fuelband. After that, it's the circular-faced elegant design. Any of these others and I don't think I'd wear it.

Watches don't really hold any "fashion" sway with me - I never liked wearing watches (mid-90s), even before everyone stopped wearing watches. (2001) When people asked me why I didn't have a watch or wear a watch or wouldn't want a watch, I said that my pager / cell phone had a clock on it. If my cell phone can do it, I'll refuse to wear a watch.

So, with that said, a lot of functionality will be required to get something on my wrist. Apple touts nature (generally) when designing products. I can't believe they'll unnecessarily tether a product to our bodies just for a few bucks. It has to be an enhancement and purposeful, and something that we don't notice - or gets in our way.

 

The fact that a watch form-factor is:

1. Hands-free

2. A glance away

3. Always with you

 

Is extremely powerful, and the application possibilities are endless for anyone with a bit of imagination. 

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The 'killer app' is a fake heart rate monitor that flat lines when you are trying to get a reading...

I'd like the killer app feature be wireless charging that will pull power over-the-air when it's near Android phones and Windows computers. Just suck them dry!

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You have no VISION.  Glad you are not running Apple.

It isn't about vision, there are actual physical limits to how big you can make a device that you are going to wear as a watch. Also the other side needs to have vision. If you are going to get rid of keys then you need the auto industry to buy into the vision. People would need to invest in home appliances and devices that can be controlled by an "iWatch". 

 

People aren't going to be pulling garage door openers out just to replace them with an iOS compatible openers. The last question is how do you build a one size fits all watch? Everyone wanted smaller devices now they decided sometimes small is just too small and are moving back to bigger phones and asking for tables with bigger screens. 

 

I doubt this rumor is true because Apple would have to design a watch that can accommodate men and women of all sizes. The balance on this is going to be hard. Wearable devices can not be one size fits all. 

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Samsung is gonna say Apple copied their watch if rumor is true then later we will find out how Samsung secretly learned what Apple was making and copied/first to market it....lol.
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Samsung is gonna say Apple copied their watch if rumor is true then later we will find out how Samsung secretly learned what Apple was making and copied/first to market it....lol.

That seems to be their MO.




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