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New report says the iWatch does exist... as a prototype only

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New report says the iWatch does exist... as a prototype only
There has been a bit of debate recently over Apple's potential iWatch. Some believe that it doesn't actually exist, some think Apple is doomed if it doesn't release it soon, and some don't particularly care what happens with Apple's wearable device. Then, there are those who skirt all of those lines, as we're seeing with a new report that says the iWatch is still in the prototype phase.

The report is little more than a rider in a larger piece about a new entry in the MacBook Air lineup, but it states that the iWatch does indeed exist, but that the device is still in the prototype phase, which means it will not be announced or released any time soon. And, it may even mean that the device will not be released at all. Being in the prototype phase is the ultimate question mark when it comes to Apple. It could mean that Apple is testing various designs for a device that is on the path to mass production, or it could mean that Apple is testing the viability of a product that may not see release. 

Given the reports on what Apple is doing with iOS 8, it seems likely that even if the iWatch doesn't become reality just yet, Apple will at least be releasing a fitness tracking band accessory. But, it also seems inevitable that Apple will be playing catch-up to Android Wear, Pebble, Samsung Gear and the rest that are already filling up the smartwatch space.

source: Weiphone via BGR

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posted on 24 Mar 2014, 11:50 14

1. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Moto 360 ftw!

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 11:56 1

3. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


nexus concept ftw

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:07 1

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5919; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


There are a number of really interesting entries in the smart watch market place. Apple is going to be facing a crowded field, which will make for a heavy lift to get traction in the market.

Quite a different circumstance from what Apple faced in 2007.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:22 4

8. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I'm guessing it will be exactly like the iPhone. It will sell very well in places like the US and Japan, but be a blip everywhere else. That alone is more than enough to make it a profitable device for Apple.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 13:36

17. Sauce (unregistered)


Apple still sells more in other regions of the world than high end Nokia and Samsung devices.

The magic word is other. Don't feel offended, just sayin'.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 13:59

19. tedkord (Posts: 5106; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not many besides the two listed.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:07

23. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


only in USA cause its pride and joy to buy and own apple products

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:50 1

33. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


When you look at markets outside of US and Japan, it's not there like when compared to those two. If Apple has half the US market, but less than 20% of the world market, it's clear where their stronghold is.

Nokia, no surprise. SS, dog eat dog race.

And btw, doesn't bother me one bit. As long as I can buy what I want, that's all that matters to me in regards to the big picture.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:31

12. nctx77 (Posts: 556; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Yeah because no smartphones existed before the iPhone lol! What is this crowd you speak of anyway. The gear? No one is buying it. All other smart watches are a joke except the 360 which could still get beat to market by the iwatch. It's pretty much still in beta as well. They showed it to us, but it's not being massed produced yet. Iwatch can go into production next month and be out by late summer. Last but not least, only the pebble is compatible with the iPhone, which means apples user base will more than likely be buying an iwatch.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 11:53 5

2. Antimio (Posts: 279; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


Moto 360 ftw!

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 11:57 6

4. Emmanuelz (Posts: 69; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Moto 360!

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 11:59 5

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Give me some Moto 360 goodness :-)

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:21 2

7. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


really guys? troll apple article with moto 360 huh?...

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:28 6

11. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Its really not trolling, apple has NOTHING.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:46 1

14. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


yes they do,apple they have hippys and cults

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 18:10

47. darkkjedii (Posts: 12358; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yes they do, they have 480,000,000,000, the top selling phone (5s), the top selling tablets (iPad Air/iPad mini with retina), and they're the #1 tech brand on earth. If that's nothing, I wish they'd give all that nothing to me. What does grahaman27 have? Hate...

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:48

15. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


nothing new, hasnt it always been like that we all know that dont we?

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:22

9. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


this is a apple article but everyone is talking about android, great

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 13:15 5

16. willard12 (Posts: 863; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


" Apple will be playing catch-up to Android Wear." - This article

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 13:38 1

18. Sauce (unregistered)


I'm going to laugh at everyone if Apple ends up blowing sales out of the water like always when their smart watch gets released.

Just like the 5c did during the winter quarter. LOL.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 13:59 1

20. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


It's okay. Fandroids already have this excuse ready to be used.

"iWatch sells the most because there are a lot of choices for Android smartwatches compared to one with iOS."

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:18 1

25. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


1 option vs 6

apple users are very restricted only 1 is you can get

your telling me when you open a business you will only give 1 option to your customers... your customers are your bread and butter, you must give more options and choice

are you telling me you eat the same food every month just an analogy?

choices and options colurs style feautres are great but apples world this does not exzist except inthere laptop and pc you have few spec o[ption

democrasy is bad

do you like dictatorship

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:21

27. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i for got you dont have no merits and grounds of reasoning cause you are abnormal you are a apple fan

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:36

29. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Posting from my iPhone 6.

http://i58.tinypic.com/28i8g43.png

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:55

35. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


but what i said is know an insult so these people that even apple blogs engadget phonearena gsmarena pocketnow bgr phonedog xda and every editors say is insulting them

truth hurts ninetysix im refering whats true hippys cults and normal users lineup in apple store is that wrong info or right?

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:46

31. greathero1 (Posts: 493; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Personal insults is what this has come to?

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:51

34. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i have not insulted nor will i we are having a dispute which leads others to learn from others and acknwlde and sharpen the brains iq

im no fanboy of anything but yes im a fan of powerfull good cpu and gpu and an intrest in open platform

i have not insulted ninetysix in any way

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 15:27

41. greathero1 (Posts: 493; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


So what is calling somebody "abnormal"?

Good for you and your interests but some people might like and enjoy Apple's ecosystem and performance. They shouldn't be called names just because of that. That's all I am saying.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 15:42

43. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


abnormal is not an insult but state of minds and not being one itself

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:56

36. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


im not a fandroid but a techy

ile give everyone where credit is dued

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 18:11

48. darkkjedii (Posts: 12358; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Troll TM used to say "dued" hmmmmm...

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 15:50

45. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


OK ifans if u see the ianalyst are becoming irritated that their precious iwatch will never be released yet n and every anaslyst are dying for one.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 18:13

49. darkkjedii (Posts: 12358; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Huh...

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:01

21. vincelongman (Posts: 1576; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


more sales = phone is better,
/s

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 15:11 2

40. Sauce (unregistered)


More sales = more people like that phone
/youredoingitwrong

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:02 2

22. tedkord (Posts: 5106; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Don't believe those 5c stories. Verizon offered me a free 5c and six months early upgrade. They don't do that with big sellers. Also, if it sold well, Apple would confirm it.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:13

24. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


all the loyal and hippy and cults will be buying this, just like how wp is survivng cause of nolia

apple users have no option to migrate cause they have caped them into there ecosystem so they are affraid to migrate cause of losing alot,,, really smart move by apple

apple is a research@nd development company n ot a company like others who make good quality products which apple just stamps a logo and price it high, just like beats audio

in apples world you pay more for less and that less you get is not even standard but budget materials

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:19

26. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Comedy gold. Thank you for the good laugh today. A+++

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:35

28. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


see the diffrence between kids and adults ....if this was gallitoking mxzy taco50 gemini550 themiz cmpunk peter thats if you know who they are cause youve been coming here for a year and ive been here 5years they would contribute and have legal logic and rihts to back up and have a discussion or an arguement but you go off topic

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:47

32. greathero1 (Posts: 493; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Don't speak as you are an adult. You threw an insult at him so he threw one right back at you. You are the one who needs to grow up.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 15:02 1

38. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


remixfa tedkord sniggly biophone superandroidevo sleepingoz roryrevolution whateverman do u know who they are since youve been here from 2009 ..they can converse unlike ninetysx going offtopic and saying good comedy,,, no need for ab hominem aTTACK
WHO NEEDS TO GROWUP ME OR HIM

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:42

30. greathero1 (Posts: 493; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Hippy and cult? Far from all that madness that ignorant people regurgitate. I own an iPad but please don't stereotype me. I purchased the iPad because of performance and ecosystem. It offered me excellent performance as compared to my Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 which were a hot mess at times. I also loved how iTunes and the App store had everything that "I" enjoyed or was looking for. The apps were more polished and l loved how all of the apps were designed specifically for the iPad tablet and not blown up phone apps. I also love how iTunes always have whatever content that I am looking for in one store. Being an Android phone carrier (Note 3), I can understand some grievances people have with iOS but "IMO" the iPad offers "me" more value for "what I want" out of my tablet. I hope you are beginning to comprehend why some people might choose an Apple product over a Android flavored device now? Some people blindly follow "X" company and some people find value in "X" company's offering. Just because "you" want something different doesn't make you right. How about you worry about how "you" spend "your" money and stop with the B.S. talk.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:58

37. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i own a macbook air

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 15:34

42. greathero1 (Posts: 493; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Good for you bro. On top of owning a iPad Air and the wife and kids with their iPad 3, (2) iPad Minis, iPad 2, and 2 iPhones, I own a Note 3 which I love. I love Android on my phone and love iOS on my tablet. We have tried just about everything and we found something that works best for "us." We just see things differently and don't find value in the same thing and that's cool.......at least to me anyway.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 15:45 1

44. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i respect everyones option of what they like and what fits them

i dont like apple the company and the way it liase and wants totall democrasy than dictate

dont like patent trolls

apple makes good laptop and phones

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 17:57

46. willard12 (Posts: 863; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


The Note 8.0 is a "hot mess." Please explain. I'm curios about your issues with it beyond the hyperbolic terms. On this article, you have to acknowledge that Apple iwatch will sell because its Apple. Analysts begging for something that doesn't exist is indicative of demand. Ios doesn't resize so you HAVE TO buy optimized apps, which is obviously good for you and you should be happy if that's what you like. But some people arent concerned with how "pretty" an app looks. Some are, to each their own. But, each time 96 shows pics of how his "jail broken" iphone can look like android if you really work at it(at the expense of updates from Apple), it shows people really do want customization and openness and they'll break their warranties to get it.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 18:19

50. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I have an S4 broseph.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 19:26

51. greathero1 (Posts: 493; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


I understand why iPad has tablet apps and that's a plus in my book. You just prove my point. What I find value in, you don't but I would never attack you because of it. That was my problem with him. Why do I have to be apart of a cult or be a blind follower because I enjoy some of Apples products? As for your point about customization, you are correct, some people want more control of their device but that doesn't mean they want Android. Why does wanting to customize your device mean you're trying to copy Android? Devices pre-android were customizable and had widgets. So is Android copying them? As for the Note 8.0, it's sold and good riddance. The lag and stutter was very irritating to me as it happened too often and took away from the experience. Plus the tablet ecosystem was lacking but that's my opinion. Many people might have enjoyed it but not me. It was the worst $399 I've spent and I lost money by selling it for 2 months later.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:25 1

10. Jommick (Posts: 209; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


It'll be interesting to see what they come up with (if anything).
I would hope that it matches or does better than the style the Moto 360 brings - seeing as it's the main point of a watch ... besides telling the time reliably

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:41

13. Scott93274 (Posts: 1290; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


It's not like iPhone users can but an Android smart watch and use it with their current device so Apple shouldn't be too worried... Then again, if the Moto 360 and other Android Wear devices become massive successes, it could be incentive for people in the Smartphone market to go with Android over iOS costing Apple more of the market share.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 15:02

39. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


If apple releases a big wrap around OLED screen device? Then its a clear winner.. These other upcoming devices, don't offer shyt..IMMHO..

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