There’s be a lot of discussion over the rumored iOS-based Apple watch (not to be confused with the recently released third party Pebble). Some argue about the need for such a device, some what function it would provide, and some the wisdom and merit of making it at all. The last generation of iPod Nano created a mini craze when some, recognizing the size and form similarity, popped it on a wristband; the purported iWatch has been rumored to be a supercharged version of this idea.
I, along with a majority of smartphone users, have completely abandoned wristwatches. Wearing one was never comfortable (I don’t care for any adornment, be it watch or jewelry) and the functionality of a smartphone made it completely redundant; the date, time, and a whole lot more was already available via a device I was carrying, why duplicate it with a device I don’t really want to wear?
Enter the rumor du jour (thankfully replacing the tired Apple television talk). There are a lot of possible technologies that could add enough value to such a device as to overcome even my dislike for wearing watches. Curved glass offering a more aesthetically pleasing device that fits the shape of the wrist, seamless integration with its parent iPhone (or other Apple device), full touch screen functionality thanks to a complete iOS installation, reliance on the more powerful Airplay technology rather than Bluetooth (requiring pairing), and Siri control of its parent device are all some of the enticing possibilities that an iWatch could bring. Such a device could be an easy, readily available gateway to your iDevice; no more pulling your iPhone from your pocket or purse to read text messages or updates. It could easily allow interfacing with your device as a Siri proxy, again allowing you to create reminders, send texts or emails, or get audio information quickly and easily when pulling out your iPhone isn’t optimal.
The device could quickly eclipse the category of wristwatch and become a new sort of device altogether, like a minimal version of Fallout’s Pip Boy wrist computer. While I still use my Arkon iPhone Sleeve on a regular basis (instead of a less functional upper arm case), being able to store my iPhone in a more protected location while still having access to important visual information and full control would be extremely useful. Using wired earbuds has always been problematic when carrying the iPhone in an arm sleeve, and a device such as the purported iWatch would provide all the benefit without some of the disadvantages.
If the rumored iWatch could interface with other devices than just an iPhone, it becomes exponentially more valuable. You could have a remote (possibly even Siri-based) for your Apple TV or iTunes library on you at all times, or a way to interact with your MacBook without having to open it.
All of this is wild conjecture; there’s little firm evidence that an iWatch is definitely coming much less chock full of the features I’ve put on my want list, but the idea isn’t far fetched. Apple has a history of creating devices that redefine their category; an iWatch could easily replicate the success that the iPod, iPhone, and iPad have had.