Brave new network: Why I hope Apple never releases a smart watch
Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:07 AM
My thinking is the opposite—a smart watch like the Pebble means that you can quickly find out who texted, e-mailed, called, or otherwise contacted you, without having to pull out your iPhone. Glance at your watch, be sure you're not missing anything important, and get back to your life, rather than pulling out your iPhone and getting distracted by your unread RSS count or unplayed Letterpress turns.
Ultimately—Apple, bring on the technological advancements. If they encroach too much, it's up to us to turn them off. And I think Apple is smart enough to recognize that we don't always want to be distracted by our iPhones—features such as Do Not Disturb show the company's dedicated to helping us use the iPhone to improve our lives rather than replacing them.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:13 AM
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:14 PM
Pulling out my phone is not always easy, convenient or appropriate. However, being able to have alerts that I select on a watch would be hugely convenient and as mattwardfh points out, it can make checking and deciding on how to process an alert faster and more convenient. I'm watching developments of smart watches intently - I find the use cases for them very appealing.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:55 PM
Pocket watches existed, and if you wanted to know the time, you carried one around. Then for a brief time, wrist watches took over. Now pocket watches are back, but they also make phone calls, keep your calendar, and etc.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:40 PM
Seems to me, if you want to get away from it all (as we all should sometimes), just turn the damn thing off.
I like the idea of not pulling my phone out at a restaurant or on a sketchy subway ride to see why there's buzzing in my pocket.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:09 AM
I enjoyed the literary slant of your take - first thing read on waking up today, and a welcome departure from the all-inside-the-tech-bubble analysis one gets in the world of Apple commentary whether readers stand exactly where you do in relation to the "to watch or not to watch" matter itself.
NTM that you blended a number of my fave classics into your case. And as for the "chip in the head," prediction, given experiments already underway in neural/digital interfacing, cyborg-like implants are certainly in a number of peoples' future, and in time, likely many of our futures.
And with that in mind, I'd suggest you add one more allusion to your case here - a deceptively brilliant "black comedy" James Coburn movie from I believe the early '70's called "The President's Analyst" - and if you haven't seen it, you'll thank me, especially for the brilliant plot twist at the end!
Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:11 AM
But the difference between shipping a product and not shipping a product is neither arbitrary nor emotional. How much money could Apple make if they shipped a smart watch? Even if they end up completely owning the market, would it be worth it?
The screen would be so small as to be just a peripheral for your smartphone. A "second screen" for your iOS device. Yes, eventually an iPhone's internals could be shrunk down to watch size (and smaller) but then the user interface would need to shift away from touch-screen to voice. Or something ultra-advanced like holographic 3-d projection / interaction (by maybe 2033 or so).
But getting back to 2013, there are plenty of markets that Apple simply doesn't have the time or inclination or profit motive to get into. Remember the Apple LaserWriter? Great printer, I hear. But printers, like smart watches, are peripherals that Apple doesn't really seem to need to make themselves.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:12 AM
I chuckled on your statement though, "What if I get attacked by rabbits and need to call for help?" Well, good luck if AT&T doesn't drop your emergency call or lose your connection.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:41 AM
However, I'm with you, I wouldn't want a connected watch. Not because I don't want the features of one and that I'd always be connected (I quite like the idea of being able to easily read a message on my watch when I'm wrapped up for winter with my phone buried deep inside my coat). I wouldn't want one because I prefer a quality, classy looking analogue timepiece. Call me old fashioned, but any watch with a digital display, instantly oozes 'nerd/geek', or even 'childish' (think back to Casio and Timex watches of my childhood) and is simply not manly or sophisticated as a proper timepiece is.