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Apple’s ‘next big thing’ might be even bigger than we thought
Yahoo News ^ | 02/04/2014 | By Chris Smith

Posted on 02/04/2014 3:04:46 PM PST by Carbonsteel

The iWatch may cost $299 when it launches later this year, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said in a note to investors on Tuesday (via CNET), a price that’s exactly what Samsung initially charged for its first-generation Galaxy Gear and similar to the Pebble’s second smartwatch, the Pebble Steel. However, the iWatch is expected to be even more popular than its competitors’ offerings and it may indeed me the “next big thing” for Apple.

“Our working assumption is that iWatch largely will be adopted as an accessory device and, therefore, sold into the existing customer base, like the iPad, rather than to new customers, like the iPod or iPhone,” Huberty wrote.

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“If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath.” Revelation 14:9,10
1 posted on 02/04/2014 3:04:46 PM PST by Carbonsteel
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2 posted on 02/04/2014 3:11:07 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: Carbonsteel

I have to admit Apple does enter the market with the best freshest ideas.

But then Samsung, Android, Google, etc. etc. is immediately on the scene with better, less exprensive alternatives.


3 posted on 02/04/2014 3:14:28 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Carbonsteel

Call me a Luddite. I am going to stick with my old fashioned mechanical time piece. Can’t see good enough to watch movies on my watch anyway.


4 posted on 02/04/2014 3:14:45 PM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Carbonsteel

the iWatch, or any of the wrist mounted phones, will be a complete flop. no one wants to have an intercom, wireless or not, strapped to their wrist for everyone to hear

even a wrist mounted touch pad would be pointless.

wireless displays mounted in contact lens might be a big thing... but that’s still a little ways off


5 posted on 02/04/2014 3:15:21 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Carbonsteel

Apple is now reduced to the Google tactic, which is to throw anything and everything at the wall, hoping something will stick.


6 posted on 02/04/2014 3:17:10 PM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: Carbonsteel

I’ve wanted a new watch for a long time, but I haven’t seen anything in the market yet that make me say I want that one. The watch market is pretty much same old same old for decades


7 posted on 02/04/2014 3:18:22 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: 4rcane

Also, anyone who expect apple to price their new product that is competitive to the competitors haven’t been paying attention to history. All predictions that apple will price their product cheap have all been wrong


8 posted on 02/04/2014 3:20:21 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Responsibility2nd
I have to admit Apple does enter the market with the best freshest ideas.

Yet, in this case, they are not the freshest, and not the first, and this is not one of their best ideas either.

In fact, the iPhone was not an original idea either; the iPhone was just "a better mouse trap" at the time of its introduction.
9 posted on 02/04/2014 3:20:37 PM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: Carbonsteel

Its my understanding that the Mark Of the beast worn on either the hand or the head....refers to that which we DO....the hand and that which we THINK ....the head.

we do well to remember the symbolic nature of ancient hebrew speech

Phylacteries...Keeping God’s law near our eyes....physically

The mindset that had Tefillin, or phylacteries, two small black leather boxes worn on the left arm and forehead by observant adult male Jews.

I believe there to be a substantial analogy there.

I could be wrong.


10 posted on 02/04/2014 3:21:32 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Carbonsteel

This article fails to do the one thing I wanted from it, to describe what the watch does that would generate such sales.


11 posted on 02/04/2014 3:22:58 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Carbonsteel
“Our working assumption is that iWatch largely will be adopted as an accessory device and, therefore, sold into the existing customer base, like the iPad, rather than to new customers, like the iPod or iPhone,” Huberty wrote.

“If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath.” Revelation 14:9,10

So much for RFIDs!

12 posted on 02/04/2014 3:25:36 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Vince Ferrer

I think the apple stock performance would welcome the analysis you call for as well....


13 posted on 02/04/2014 3:25:59 PM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: Chuckster
I am going to stick with my old fashioned mechanical time piece.

You must be referring to your "Clock Bracelet". So, so yesterday.

14 posted on 02/04/2014 3:31:17 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: sten

iWatch...sounds like a porn device.


15 posted on 02/04/2014 3:34:01 PM PST by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: 4rcane

The technology now exists to monitor blood sugar and blood pressure with a contact lens like sensor. If they could tie this in with the watch and add creatine or possibly even cholesterol, it could be revolutionary (not the “sign of the beast”). Imagine, warning for low blood sugar, a running record of your levels, day and night. It could extend a lot of lives through proper control of diet and BP plus treatment of diabetics.

Likely, instead it will probably let you listen to and watch Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus.


16 posted on 02/04/2014 3:34:11 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Carbonsteel; Revolting cat!

The NSA’s alma mater was iWatch U!


17 posted on 02/04/2014 3:36:27 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Carbonsteel

“The iWatch may cost $299 when it launches later this year, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said in a note to investors on Tuesday (via CNET), “

What a shock. People selling stocks in Apple go on and cheerleads for Apple’s unannounced products. Tech websites print it without a blink.

This is almost crony capitalism.


18 posted on 02/04/2014 3:37:17 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Responsibility2nd

Samsung already has a watch. Apple is playing catch-up this time, although it could be a better version. Additionally, it appears in the article they are not trying to compete. They are going for the Apple fanboys to sell it.


19 posted on 02/04/2014 3:39:58 PM PST by PJammers (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Carbonsteel

20 posted on 02/04/2014 3:41:23 PM PST by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: Chuckster

But it won’t really be a watch. just like the iPhone is not really a phone.


21 posted on 02/04/2014 3:42:14 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Delta Dawn
iWatch...sounds like a porn device.

I'll bet there's an app for that.

22 posted on 02/04/2014 3:42:35 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Dallas59

Cool !!


23 posted on 02/04/2014 3:43:51 PM PST by Mears
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To: sten
wireless displays mounted in contact lens might be a big thing... but that’s still a little ways off

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24 posted on 02/04/2014 3:48:55 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it." --Quigley)
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To: Carbonsteel

Does that watch come with or without NSA breadcrumbs?


25 posted on 02/04/2014 3:49:03 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: RandallFlagg

yup... still a little ways off


26 posted on 02/04/2014 3:55:55 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten

You heard it from me, probably not first, but the idea of a wrist watch is to tie in a heart rate monitor and a blood oxygen monitor to augment Apple’s dedicated fitness metrics chip already present on the iPhone 5S.


27 posted on 02/04/2014 4:01:34 PM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Chuckster

I must be one, too. How people can see anything on an iPhone is beyond me (or my capabilities) I had an iPad for about a week & back it went. (I put up with the Kindle only because my wrist doesn’t get tired reading in bed & it’s right in my face)


28 posted on 02/04/2014 4:02:02 PM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: sten

THe difference here, much to my anti-Apple chagrin, is that the cult of Apple insures success. Samsung, Sony, and a few others have smart watches, they aren’t doing well but Apple will come in and “originate” and the masses will slop it up as mana from heaven.


29 posted on 02/04/2014 4:03:53 PM PST by aft_lizard
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To: adorno
A 13" MacBook Air/iPad Air hybrid would be a better "something big". This is a gimmick.

Speaking of gimmicks, I got offered a chance to buy Google Glass today. At $1,500...I'll pass, for now.

30 posted on 02/04/2014 4:04:12 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: 4rcane

Pajama Boy is now in Apple advertisements for their target audiences. Urban hipsters and gays and those who fantasize about being hipsters


31 posted on 02/04/2014 4:05:19 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Carbonsteel



32 posted on 02/04/2014 4:06:25 PM PST by 867V309 (I love potatoes-except, of course, Lena Dunham)
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To: Chuckster

Hey, we have something in common. The older I get the less I care about what I think too:)


33 posted on 02/04/2014 4:11:36 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: 4rcane

“Also, anyone who expect apple to price their new product that is competitive to the competitors haven’t been paying attention to history. All predictions that apple will price their product cheap have all been wrong”

Just as with its phones and tablets, Apple will price their watch offering competitively, while offering superior engineering and value.

That is, if Apple comes out with a watch at all... :-)

I’m mainly hoping for a big-screen iPhone.


34 posted on 02/04/2014 4:23:32 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: Swordmaker

Ping!


35 posted on 02/04/2014 4:26:23 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: sten
the iWatch, or any of the wrist mounted phones, will be a complete flop

I think you miss the logic of the device as the 'iWatch' moniker refers more to its place-of-wear position. Last I saw, there was an environment being designed around the device for exercise, health, emergency alerts and other such desirable features to have immediately at hand. I am looking forward to, I hope, the same sense of WOW that happened when the iPad made immediate believers. We will see!

36 posted on 02/04/2014 4:27:10 PM PST by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: PreciousLiberty

the last rumor I read was a 12 inch i-pad to compete with lap tops

and n iphone, i-pad combo.

lastly an upgraded apple tv offering


37 posted on 02/04/2014 4:29:17 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: 867V309
I see your 'Pulsar' and raise with the "HP01"!


38 posted on 02/04/2014 4:31:56 PM PST by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: SES1066

“I am looking forward to, I hope, the same sense of WOW that happened when the iPad made immediate believers. We will see!”

LOL regarding “immediate believers”! I don’t know if you were around for the numerous iPad-bashing posts around here - mainly comparing the name to feminine hygiene products! That is of course versus the amazing experience of actually using an iPad.

I remain ambivalent about the iWatch, but I’ll grant you that the concept has potential!


39 posted on 02/04/2014 4:33:26 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: morphing libertarian

“the last rumor I read was a 12 inch i-pad to compete with lap tops”

Apple needs to sell a stylus-enabled iPad - that will give it the chops for serious work. Finally.

An iPad with a pressure-sensitive stylus will be a natural medium for artists.


40 posted on 02/04/2014 4:35:33 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: SES1066

the only sense of ‘wow’ I’m getting is at the willingness to self tag by some people.

my next thought would be... how long until ‘someone’ has the ability to remotely trigger a taser like effect via the device


41 posted on 02/04/2014 4:42:45 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: 867V309

The earliest Pulsar watches would cost more than $10,000, in today’s money. That could be ten times more than the iWatch will cost. Then there’s that huge gap in functionality. Technological change is happening at an ever-faster rate.


42 posted on 02/04/2014 4:42:52 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: PreciousLiberty

is that an easy feature to add?


43 posted on 02/04/2014 4:44:57 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Carbonsteel

Still waiting for the iSuck vacuum cleaner......


44 posted on 02/04/2014 5:14:42 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Carbonsteel

I have some more “next big thing” ideas for Apple to add to the iWatch accessory line:

1. The iCuffLink.

2. The iSuspenders.

3. The iWingTipBrogans.

4. The iFedoraSnapBrimHat.

5. The iBuggyWhip.

6. The iRotaryTelephone.

7. The i33RPMVinylRecord.

8. The i8TrackTape.

9. The iTieTack.

10. The iBlackAndWhiteTV.

11. The iConsoleRadio.

12. The iCassetteTape.


45 posted on 02/04/2014 5:45:20 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: adorno

I have doubts too, but I think the next evolution of smartphones is to wear it. One day, sticking your phone in your pocket will seem archaic compared to wearing it.


46 posted on 02/04/2014 5:56:00 PM PST by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: sten
wireless displays mounted in contact lens might be a big thing

You might poke your eye out trying to use the touch screen though.

47 posted on 02/04/2014 5:57:42 PM PST by seowulf (Cogito cogito, ergo cogito sum. Cogito.---Ambrose Bierce)
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To: MeshugeMikey

wow- first time I read this explained differently. Love the analogy.


48 posted on 02/04/2014 6:50:03 PM PST by Engedi
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To: Carbonsteel; a fool in paradise

I’m waiting for electronic iDepends!


49 posted on 02/04/2014 6:54:34 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Engedi

I was pleasantly surprised when I encountered the concept.


50 posted on 02/04/2014 6:59:00 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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