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Apple iWatch concept shows the possible future of the smartwatch

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Apple iWatch concept shows the possible future of the smartwatch
We’ve heard all about Apple’s special group formed to allegedly work on the secret iWatch, but with no official confirmation we can only dream about what that device will look like.

Designer Stephen Olmstead took the time to dream big and actually illustrate his dreams in a beautiful concept. No fancy flexible displays and no sci-fi gibberish, the iWatch concept below is simple and looks realistic.

“My main focus here was to create a watch that... well... looks like a watch and not a rectangular screen bolted onto a watch band,” Olmstead explained.

Apart from the gorgeous design based on the Skagen Classic Leather watch that is aimed to “maintain timeless, aesthetic simplicity”, the concept theorizes Apple could use an e-ink display to achieve longevity and tether to an iPhone for extended functionality. To us, such a device would definitely enjoy some success - do you think that Apple can pull this off?



source: The Verge Forums (Stephen Olmstead)

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posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:23 1

1. seanwhat (Posts: 120; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


why do you post these concepts? they're not based on anything. they're not factual, not even rumours, they're just the drawings of random people.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:35 3

7. Victor.H (Posts: 411; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Of course concepts are not based on facts, and we make sure to point this out in our articles. This particular one is well done artistically and it does offer fertile ground for debate for what the real iWatch should look like. Why not focus on that?

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:53 4

12. seanwhat (Posts: 120; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I understand the guy's probably put a lot of time and effort into it, and it looks good, and could work well and everything, but it's not real. Fair enough opening up debate for what people want, but i don't think the starting point for the debate should be something which may not even be plausible, or even possible, with today's technology. It seems to get people excited about things, designs, features which they'll most likely never have.
I bet if you asked you designer what the watch looked like on the inside, he'd have no idea, which leads me to say this is no different than a discussion about a painting, which just happens to look like a smart watch. I feel like these are the one types of articles that don't fit in on this site (as the rest is all 'real' stuff), though that's just my opinion.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:00 1

15. TylerGrunter (Posts: 905; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I get totally your point, specially with this totally unrealistic design. It´s obvious that the designer doesn´t have a clue of what´s possible and whatnot.
But I still like to see these articles, some of the designs are good and can give ideas of what the future brings, and I enjoy seeing that in advance even if today it´s not possible.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:43

9. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


As long it is not something with glossy plastic and a home button in the middle, i would like to see it, regardless of whether it is a fan concept or not.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:45 4

10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Because you look at it, comment on it and make PhoneArena money.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:25

2. ankiipankii (Posts: 35; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


that's innovation

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:29 5

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6443; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


it's a CONCEPT

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:25 1

3. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


lol.... Screen should be bigger... just like the iPhone haha

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:29 4

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 11238; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I hope the screen isn't round.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 12:03 3

21. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


I dont mind the round screen concept if its functional. I just dont want it to look like I'm wearing a womens watch...lol

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:31

5. ankiipankii (Posts: 35; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


you want 5 inch retina screen b??

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 12:03 2

22. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


I would love a 5" screen on my iPhone.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:31

6. ankiipankii (Posts: 35; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


let's COOK biatchh !!

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:41 1

8. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


good design for a watch not for a smartwatch

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:49 1

11. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


I think iWatch would look more like the previous generation of iPod nano (There is a reason why they made the new nano bigger than the previous one). But i prefer this round design, looks more like a proper watch.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:55

13. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


this is very fashionable. us geeks/techies don't mind weird designs as long as the specs and functionality are up to par. as far as the masses they aren't going to buy it unless it is fashionable; trendy;

I hope apple's design is similar to this.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 10:31 4

18. McLTE (Posts: 695; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


speak for yourself. Us geeks and techies don't want to look like idiots in the name of high specs and bells and whistles.

I HOPE HOPE HOPE samsungs watch will look like a WATCH.

i don't want a friggin screen wrapped around my wrist. I want a watch that interfaces with my phone, not a dork nightmare strapped to my wrist.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 15:21

24. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol +1

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:57 1

14. TylerGrunter (Posts: 905; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I like the design, but it´s so unrealistic from a techncal perspective that I don´t find any point to discuss it...
One example of what I mean: You can´t have video with e-ink displays due to the low refresh ratios. So bye bye Facetime and many of other features he puts in the watch.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:06

16. BooBooooooo (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


E ink display is ideal for smartwatch

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 11:18

19. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1275; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


It's awesome but I don't like to wear watches

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 11:28

20. DFranch (Posts: 140; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


I would actually buy that, and I'm no apple fan. However, I think we're years away from being able to make a watch with these capabilities which isn't a huge brick on your wrist.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 13:44 2

23. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I may hate Apple but if the actual product will look at least half as good I will have to commend them on a job well done.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 18:18

25. roscuthiii (Posts: 1801; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Suckered again... wake me when the next watch concept is from the actual design team of the company building the watch.

It does look good, don't get me wrong. But that's all it does... look good. That round face would cause so many technical issues. They'd have to make iOS a whole lot more flexible to support it.

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 08:53

26. Airforce (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


Well my own point of view is checking through the pictures of this so called concept Iwatch i think this designer Stephen Olmstead should replace Tim Cook..and introduce new TOTALLY IMPROVED DESIGN ND VARIATIONS ON THE APPLE PRODUCTS..especially the Iphone..cos this Iwatch design is quite cool,and has that little OLD APPLE MAGIC...they had before Jobs death

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