Apple's rumored 'iWatch' said to have different screen sizes for men, women

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
Apple's widely rumored entry into the wearable device category will feature an OLED display and come in two screen sizes --?1.7 inches for men and 1.3 inches for women --?according to one industry analyst.

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AppleInsider was first to discover an Apple patent filing describing a watch design with flexible display.


David Hsieh, head of the the greater China market for supply chain analysis firm DisplaySearch, cited sources inside Apple when sharing the information at an industry conference in Taiwan on Wednesday, according to The Korea Herald. Hsieh is well-connected in the display industry and has a history of accurately predicting Apple's moves in the field.

An October report from the same publication suggested that South Korean electronics giant LG was nearing an agreement to supply OLED displays for Apple's so-called "iWatch." If true, it would mark Apple's first use of the relatively new display technology.

Rumors of a wearable device from the Cupertino, Calif.-based company have been circulating for years, and have picked up significantly in 2013. Apple is said to have a team of more than 100 employees working on the project, and has snapped up industry experts in fashion, wearable devices, and fitness throughout the year.

The "iWatch" is rumored to carry a wide array of biometric sensors, and many believe it will function as a stand-alone product, rather than be dependent upon another Apple device in the way Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is. Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in May that he expects the "iWatch" to hit shelves in the second half of 2014.
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  • Reply 1 of 78
    While not depend on an iPhone, I'm betting it will enhance the experience when connected.
  • Reply 2 of 78
    tundraboytundraboy Posts: 1,613member
    Fearless (or reckless) prediction: When the iWatch is finally introduced, it will be like no previous Apple product intro. It will be as much 7th Avenue, NY as One Infinite Drive, Cupertino. Ms. Ahrendts will probably be taking a turn at the mike and aside from app devs, the partners that will be introduced will include some notable fashion houses.
  • Reply 3 of 78
    But will it use a stylus? /s

    I'll believe it when I can buy it.
  • Reply 4 of 78

    I'm still convinced the whole "iWatch" rumor is a ruse by Apple designed to get Samsung et al to waste resources developing something nobody really wants.

  • Reply 5 of 78
    At present, can't think why I would want one
    But
    As usual I am prepared to be convinced.
  • Reply 6 of 78
    bandman999 wrote: »
    I'm still convinced the whole "iWatch" rumor is a ruse by Apple designed to get Samsung et al to waste resources developing something nobody really wants.

    Yep.
  • Reply 7 of 78
    Apple will have keynote soon . Second half ? Why not say the year 2099 ?
  • Reply 8 of 78
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,687member
    bandman999 wrote: »
    I'm still convinced the whole "iWatch" rumor is a ruse by Apple designed to get Samsung et al to waste resources developing something nobody really wants.

    I don't see it either. I think this is a niche market and too small to have any effect.
  • Reply 9 of 78
    SAMI can't wait to start their Xerox machines ....
  • Reply 10 of 78
    irelandireland Posts: 17,584member
    Industry moron.
  • Reply 11 of 78

    Does the M7 co-processor give any hints about this kind of product? Can it function on it's own and run the whole device or is it limited to the co-processor role? I bet if Apple does come out with an iWatch it's only called that because of where it is worn. There will be more to it than a time piece and notification screen for your phone. The whole talking into your watch like Dick Tracy thing isn't that appealing either.

     

    Traditional watches are an extension of one's style too, their appearance can be just as important as their function. I didn't wear the same watch to a wedding as I did to work. Apple is very aware of how things appear. I guess they could use parallax on the display and make it look like anything from a Swiss quality watch with moving hands to a Casio digital :)

     

    Personally I don't look forward to wearing a watch again! I have seen the Samsung mini wrist brick and am not impressed. The Pebble watch also didn't seem very impressive (haven't seen one in real life yet). 

  • Reply 12 of 78
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jungmark View Post





    I don't see it either. I think this is a niche market and too small to have any effect.

    In fairness, that's what they said about the iPad. I guess we will find out if it is a niche market or open up something new for Apple. Assuming that the thing actually comes out, I mean.

  • Reply 13 of 78
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,215member
    bandman999 wrote: »
    I'm still convinced the whole "iWatch" rumor is a ruse by Apple designed to get Samsung et al to waste resources developing something nobody really wants.

    I have often wondered about that and same of 'Smart TV' ... Really they are working on WiFi enabled cufflinks and tie pins in reality ;)
  • Reply 14 of 78
    irelandireland Posts: 17,584member
    I still maintain the killer feature of an iWatch should be music playback ('should be'). If Apple could figure out an elegant but practical solution to a pair of wireless headphones (tiny iPod style ones) that allows the user to listen to music from and controlled by a device mounted on the wrist that would be a desirable iPod-killing product. It would be the most awesome music playback device for athletes of all kinds worldwide. A product that deserves to exist. Health, pedometer sensor, heart rate monitor and iPhone connectivity would be its bonus features.
  • Reply 15 of 78

    I truly wish -- if the watch happens -- that Apple will de-genderize the categories to say "Large Wrist" and "Small Wrist." They can sell more watches, to large-wristed women and small-wrested men.

     

    If you have wrists like mine, a 1.7" watch looks like a dinner plate attached to my arm.:\

  • Reply 16 of 78
    There are only a few million people who buy luxury watches in the world. But they also are the wealthiest.

    The LUXURY watch market ALONE - lead by Rolex and Omega - is a $16 BILLION market.

    This is larger than the movie industry. And this is close to the size of the video game market.

    As a NICHE market, it is substantial. The leaders only have to sell a few thousand watches. And the buyers are those Apple is interested in - the affluent consumers.

    And if Apple were able to generalize the sales to a larger set of consumers - to include sport watches, Timex watches, etc., particularly with a higher price point similar to the iPod - then it stands to make a substantial amount of money.

    Certainly it is a potentially LARGER amount of profit than Apple would gain from AppleTV.

    This is the motivation behind the iWatch.
  • Reply 17 of 78
    malaxmalax Posts: 1,598member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jakeu26 View Post

     

    In fairness, that's what they said about the iPad. I guess we will find out if it is a niche market or open up something new for Apple. Assuming that the thing actually comes out, I mean.


    And the iPod before that.

     

    It's all about ubiquitous computing that you don't even think of as computing (see iPhone).  It won't be a "watch" any more than the iPhone is a "phone."  I used my iPhone maybe 50-100 times a day and make about 3 phone calls a week.

  • Reply 18 of 78
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,687member
    jakeu26 wrote: »
    In fairness, that's what they said about the iPad. I guess we will find out if it is a niche market or open up something new for Apple. Assuming that the thing actually comes out, I mean.

    That's true but I already have a watch. We'll have to wait and see.
  • Reply 19 of 78
    malaxmalax Posts: 1,598member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jameskatt2 View Post



    There are only a few million people who buy luxury watches in the world. But they also are the wealthiest.



    The LUXURY watch market ALONE - lead by Rolex and Omega - is a $16 BILLION market.



    This is larger than the movie industry. And this is close to the size of the video game market.

     

    Those are impressive figures!  1.6 million $10,000 watches every year (or 16 million $1,000 watches)?  The mind boggles.

  • Reply 20 of 78
    akqiesakqies Posts: 768member
    bandman999 wrote: »
    I'm still convinced the whole "iWatch" rumor is a ruse by Apple designed to get Samsung et al to waste resources developing something nobody really wants.

    While neither I not anyone else can say where this rumor comes from I think it's clear that Apple is not only interested in wearable computers but have already spent much time and resources exploring the options.

    Wearable computers are coming and coming hard and Apple would be remiss to ignore this inevitable market. I'm using my Fitbit Force right now. Simple, sleak, connects to my iPhone 5S via BT4.0, and the battery lasts a week between charges (but I do it during showers so it's always full).

    This rumor of two sizes does make sense and if the technology isn't yet here it's almost here. OLED also makes sense for power use of controlled display; not for a smartphone where you're not trying to maximize blacks at all times.
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