Originally Posted by Macky the Macky
Seems like a bit late to me as well. Maybe Apple's marketing will be different than in the past and more restrained in how they make the product available. I think the iWatch (or whatever it turns out to be) may be a luxury item and out of the price range of all but the very wealthy... initially or long term. I suspect that Apple is going to be far different about their iWatch then Microsoft or Samsung is thinking, and a lot of people will be shocked.
I highly doubt Apple will release a product that would be out of reach of most iPhone users. Though it's fun to speculate we have to be realistic with our speculations, it's Apple so we know the interface will be fun and intuitive, it will most likely offer the same functionality of every other smart watch out there, with of course a few more surprises but they won't be something we haven't seen before. Samsung, Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, LG might seem like inferior companies to you and in no way capable of making a product that could ever be considered as equal to Apple. However their smart watches albeit different in the way they approach the problem will still more or less have the same capabilities as Apples offering. Yes Apple is a very talented company but doesn't have anymore resources, access to new technologies or talented engineers that these other companies don't have as well. Apple's iWatch will be a consumer level product that yes will be very intuitive, very cool looking, will most likely sell more because their efforts will outshine the competition and probably be a lot more enjoyable to use. That being said though, I also wouldn't get my hopes up if your expecting something that will revolutionize the watch industry with features that the others haven't thought up already or even manage to put a dent into the luxury watch world. Unless of course Apple will allow high end watch makers to use their UI with their products, which we all know won't happen. Like with the Kairos watch, high end watch makers will most likely be using Google's interface as it's unobtrusive, intuitive UI that is actually pretty decent regardless of your bias thoughts to the contrary, as with the Kairos it especially looks good when paired with a mechanical watch.
These are just thoughts and who knows you might be right, Apple may release a luxury item but I personally believe that not to be the case, Apple doesn't produce anything unless it can sell them by the millions and make a hefty profit from high margins in the process. Oh and the 20th Anniversary Mac doesn't count, different era in Apple's history.
Edited by Relic - 7/5/14 at 2:10am