Skip to comments.It's coming: Apple's iWatch Will Have A 2.5-Inch Rectangular Screen, And It Will Be Out In Oct.
Posted on 06/19/2014 1:42:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Taiwan's Quanta Computer Inc will start mass production of Apple Inc's first smartwatch in July, according to a source familiar with the matter, as the tech giant tries to prove it can still innovate against rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The watch, which remains unnamed but which company followers have dubbed the iWatch, will be Apple's first foray into a niche product category that many remain skeptical about, especially as to whether it can drive profits amid cooling growth in tech gadgets.
Apple will introduce a smartwatch with a display that likely measures 2.5 inches diagonally and is slightly rectangular, one of the sources said. The source added that the watch face will protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape, and will feature a touch interface and wireless charging capabilities.
The source said Apple expects to ship 50 million units within the first year of the product's release, although these types of initial estimates can be subject to change. The watch is currently in trial production at Quanta, which will be the main manufacturer, accounting for at least 70 percent of final assembly, the source said.
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Imagine all the dopes trying to text while driving while wearing this thing.
Better come with a couple pairs of cheaters for us old guys
I expect this will be an iFlop, except for the iFanboys.
Not many people wear watches anymore. I haven’t in years. There’s no point in it, when you’re carrying a phone around, and looking at so many other devices that has the time displayed.
Pip Boy ping. Always wondered why they didn;t just make an arm band with an iphone holder as a fashion accessory.
Tech is becoming too good for their own good.
Why buy a new phone when your old one is good enough or a gadget watch when all the functions are being included for free on your phone?
Now if they came up with a gadget that let me see near or far without my glasses, that I would buy.
Melted iPhone. Very Dali.
I’m at a sports bar atm... about 20 people around me... one older person wearing a watch
people just don’t wear them anymore
iWatch ... sales plummet
which iwatch will i watch?
At 2.5 inches, this looks like the seventh generation Nano for the wrist. It should have Bluetooth 4.x or 5.0 with easier and faster pairing/handoff. Since WiFi requires too much power for the size, Bluetooth will hopefully substitute for some of WiFi’s functionality.
Imagine all the dopes trying to text while driving while wearing this thing.
It could get ugly.
Oh yeah?!? Well, guess what, Mr. Smarty-Pants? I wear a watch and I'm only, er, um, 55 years old...
Oh, never mind!
They look more like iRings to me.
Coming soon to an iTemple near you.
According to the WWDC, no need to type. You can tell Siri what to send as a text now but they added the ability to also send a quick voice memo file integrated right into the message app. It’s Gesture and voice controlled.
Don’t think that Apple hasn’t paid attention to the issues of texting and driving. They have.
As soon as the power was lost, there were no more computer-generated dropdown menus full of helpful suggestions to the traveler. No Google, no Bing, no search engines at all. The screen addicts couldn't light a fire with an entire pack of matches: Id seen them wasting match after match in the rain. The concept of dry kindling wood had escaped their educations entirely. After their matches and butane lighters were used up during the first winter, they froze to death, providing gear, clothing, and eventually the meat from their very bodies to the more ruthless and better prepared. Id seen their campsites, and Id seen their bones. Id worn their boots.
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That’s the model I want - not the hip-hop bangle in the other picture. Next, I want the flying moon car.
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I used to think that too, but sometimes it’s more convenient to just glance at your wrist, rather than stop what you’re doing to dig out your phone, and press a button.
So I dug a couple of old Seikos out of a drawer and had the batteries replaced. Wearing one right now.
According to reports, ios 8 has code for environmental sensor (temp, barometric [alt, depth], humidity), a watch would be a good place for them.
Tend to disagree. I think that this will be the central node of a triad of devices. You have an iPhone in the pocket that uses the iWatch as a control node. You have health and environment sensors that use the iWatch AND iPhone to display selected information. Yes, the current generation bass gotten out of the habit of using dumb watches but add these new features and that habit may resume.
One thing is that you seldom leave a watch at the bar like many have done with iPhones and such. If you build fingerprint or retina security into such a device (unlikely for 1st gen.), you make use that much more convenient. CONVENIENCE is Apple’s speciality and this may really be the ... (wait for it) ... “Next Big Thing!”
There were wristband cases made for one of the smallest touchscreen iPods so you could wear it like a watch. They discontinued that iPod so it couldn’t have been too popular (although it was missing a lot of features that presumably the new model will have).
The problem is, who’s going to give up their real watch to wear an iWatch when they already carry an iPhone that does the same thing?
What are those for?
“See the 2 rods coming from the center, with the long one pointing up and to the right, and the short one pointing up and to the left?
What are those for?”
I shouldn’t laugh too much, as I’m sure there may well be young people that are only used to reading time on a digital display.
I have a radio-controlled clock on the wall in my apartment, and it displays in 24-hour time. A young American colleague visiting my pad was confused, to put it mildly.
“What’s 17:22 mean?” I had to explain it to her.
I'm trying to disregard the anti-Apple slur so present with people so disparaging of Apple products yet immediately drawn to Apple threads. However, I agree about not wearing watches. I haven't worn one in fifteen years or more, and I'm a senior. Too many gadgets around that will display the time so a wristwatch is akin to having a horse buggy-whip. That having been said, a wristwatch will be more useful as a health-monitoring device, and is probably Apple's target market. Personally, I'd buy one if it had a powerful laser and shot poison darts, but that's me.
A freak’n laser beam! Dude, that’s so rad!
If you have seen the recent Apple commercials with the Chicken Fat song, you will know that Apple has it’s eye on the fitness market.
Supposedly this device will have all sorts of nifty health related monitoring. Rumors are flying about heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar monitors. It will be very interesting to see what features are in the final product.
They’ve also opened up the OS a bit with their health kit API’s so other players like Niki and others can provide sensors. The Mayo Clinic is also involved. Your doc would be able to monitor a patient’s vitals from a distance.
The doc carries an iPad around the hospital instead of individual charts and has live feeds, and updated orders and observations from all staff for all his patients right at his fingertips.
Apple’s been busy building infrastructure, not just shiny new iDevices.
I'm making due with one of these -- ~ $25 < |:)~
Looks kind of gay.
I suspect the iwatch will be watching you, more than you watch it.
kind of large for a “watch”
Is that the price?
Why yes. . . after the Obama inflation hits.
I believe they commemorate something about the time when John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. . . other than that, I haven't got a clue
I was on vacation in Aruba last week. I actually mentioned to my wife how many people were wearing watches. I had not seen that many watches on people, young, old, rich, middle..there were watches all over the place.
If course most of them were so gaudy that you could not see the face or the time because of the bling.
I am with you...I think its not going to hit. But then again, I did not see the iphone as being a success.
There’s an Infrared Detector for the iPhone somewhere on the internet.
“They discontinued that iPod so it couldnt have been too popular”
The iPod nano has long been a test bed for new tech. Each year or so is a new version, radically different from the previous. The “watch” model did it’s job: introduced a prototype iWatch to the public, which I’m sure was duly evaluated and vital to creating the now-imminent iWatch. Like its predecessors featuring video, camera, and other prototype tech, it was discontinued because the new feature was rolled higher up the product food chain.
If Apple does a watch, I can see it useful for two reasons.
HEALTH AND FITNESS
Phone has some awesome health and fitness apps, some of which require the “phone/watch to be attached to you. I know my current blood press monitor goes through my iPhone, the the data gets mailed to my doctor.
Same with my Withing’s weight scale. Everything through the phone then off to the doc. There are dozens of health apps that are like that now and many more coming up. I see the iPhone at the front in cutting edge health aps.
Besides health, Apple has been putting a lot of energy behind programing of appliances.
Lo and behold, I jus sold my 1924 home and am moving into a house that will be finished in a couple of weeks. Everything is controlled by the iPhone, heating, AC, oven, front door, interior and outside cameras, cameras and speaker at front door, garage, etcetera.
I’ll let you know know after my escrow settles in late July if I like it. I suspect it will be mixed. Anyhoo ...
I think you're on to something. Imagine having a wrist device that can sense changes in a woman you're flirting with. Sort of a mood ring on steroids.
If you don't know what that is, back in the 1960s and 1970s people wore them and they changed color depending on the heat they sensed. Blue bad, but warm red good. It was a conversation starter between couples.
Additionally, the wrist device gives you feedback through your skin. A Woody Allen movie "Sleeper" in 1973 had a guy awaken in the future, and a gal gave him an orb to play with between them in lieu of sex. A wild feedback device for him. Anyway, I'm postulating effects way beyond simple heat detection. More of an electronic love potion. Ha-ha, my mind wanders when I'm tired at night!
Its really simple and convenient - all you have to do is subtract 12 from it and you know what time it is.
If you have been retired long enough all you need is the sun, as a bonus, on cloudy days you get to sleep longer.
The problem is, who is going to give up their real computer to use an iPad that does many of the same things.
Bah humbug! :(
(that means I agree)
Watch? I use the sun to tell time. who needs a watch.
No, because you don't have to give up your computer to use an iPad. I use both every day. But unless you want to look ridiculous, you can only wear one watch at a time. Since most people (certainly everyone in the target audience for an iWatch) already carries a mobile device at all times, they don't get anything out of giving up their watches to duplicate their phone's functionality on their wrist.
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