What do Apple iWatch fans want to see on the rumored device?
The survey also asked consumers about a cheaper version of the Apple iPhone. 39% of the respondents said that they would be interested in such a device while 33% would not buy one. 28% of those surveyed were not sure if they would buy one or not. Of the 39% who are interested in the low price iPhone, 46% of them said that the price would have to be under $100 with a new two-year contract for them to be interested in buying it. 38% say that they would buy a cheap version of the Apple iPhone if it cost under $200 on-contract. That is the usual subsidized price for a new handset with a two-year contract.
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1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Even though I'm not an Apple fan, but I hope the iWatch will include some "INNOVATION" in it. Good luck Apple!
12. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 416; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
it's a iWatch.. then it will be iWatch S... then they might make something that competes with the competition, but thats a couple years away at earliest
Apple actually rushes to market with lousy version 1's then they make a quick reboot with a S, then they look over what the competition accomplishes then reacts in version 3. It took Apple 3 years to buy Siri and lauch it all the while Google had great voice actions. It took Google 5 months to launch Google Now. You decide which company is better
13. Rydsmith (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
Just going to be blunt, I agree, but I fear that it won't.
I look at the Sony Smartwatch, which has been around for a while. You can download applications to it, it has a surprisingly great battery life, and can be used with any Android phone, not just Xperia devices.
I fear that the iWatch (or whatever they will decide to call it) will be something that has been on the market for years now, but will somehow make people believe that it is revolutionary and new.
I expect that it will include the following:
- FB/Twitter link
- Time (obviously)
- Call alerts
These are things that I fear will be on EVERY smartwatch over the next year and that this will somehow be "new," "innovative," and "revolutionary" to the general public, though it is not.
Another big fear I have is saturation in the market ("the market" which I will define here as smartphone assistant devices). if Sony has their Sony Smartwatch, Samsung their Galaxy Watch, HTC with their Watch One (you see where this is going), and these all have their own application SDKs with their own ecosystem. This is scary, such that a consumer might want to get the watch that is "appropriate" to their phone brand but it doesn't have the potential of the watch that is the "proper match" to another phone. I know it sounds convoluted, but you get where I am coming from.
This is a fresh market that from a Five Forces point of view (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P
orter_five_forces_analysis) is just ripe for entry. All forces are relatively low and if someone comes out swinging, they will have a first to market competitive advantage. Though Sony and Pebble are in there right now, there is SO MUCH room for expansion, such that one company could truly go in and just own the market if done right.
Sorry for the long post as I tend to ramble, but this is something that I am both excited for but also afraid of, due to an early death from market saturation.
24. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
It won't have any innovation. They will use the apple formula. take ideas from other smart watches. include it in theirs. call these ideas revolutionary and that they created them out on thin air. Then they will patent these ideas . Lastly sue the original creators for using them.
27. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
They always have their iFormula right? Circle physical home button, design remains the same, etc.
32. haseebzahid (Posts: 1801; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
wht dont tell us you want to play angry birds we all want to see time and alarm stuff but not games
2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
The same iPhone just attached on your wrist, then what is purpose of having iWatch if you already have iPhone? I think it is silly!
10. Lift_Off (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
Look at the pebble watch. It doesn't do much besides read texts and show calls, and it was extremely popular. The idea that you can preview texts or even reply to them without pulling out your phone, and also be alerted with a small vibration on your arm is actually really cool. this goes for all "smartphone watches" too, not just apple's.
21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Look at the pebble watch. It doesn't do much besides read texts and show calls, and it was extremely popular."
Have I missed something in this world, when Pebble's watch was extremely popular?
Also you say that it WAS extremely popular, does that mean that it is no longer popular?
And if Pebble's smart watch is no longer popular then why should Apple's iWatch become popular?
25. Lift_Off (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
Ummmm... have you missed the part where pebble had 10 million dollars funded to it on kickstarter? Not to mention numerous articles on this website and other big tech websites? People like the idea of a smartwatch, and you and I both know that if Apple released an iwatch, it would be extremely popular.
26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Ummmm... have you missed the part where pebble had 10 million dollars funded to it on kickstarter? Not to mention numerous articles on this website and other big tech websites?"
It is only theory, but what about practice, how much people use Pebble's watch?
Actually I don't think that Apple's iWatch wil be popular.
30. Lift_Off (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
I dont know because they are a startup company, so they cannot advertise and produce to the masses like others can, but the fact that 10 million dollars was funded means people are interested in smart watches. and if you think it wouldn't be popular, then that's your personal opinion which would most likely be wrong due to how much publicity samsung and apple smart watches are getting.
Bottom line: People are interested in smart watches. It is not silly as you claimed in your first comment.
33. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
So basically everything you have said about Pebble's watch popularity is aint argument, it is only a speculations...
And it is silly to have same iPhone just attached to your wrist, I don't see any practical use of it.
5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I don't think that designers will find any solution how to attach a big (for everyone noticeable) Apple logo on the watch. I think it will be major problem for Apple designers and if designers will not find any solution for that problem, I think that iWatch won't be very popular.
20. tedkord (Posts: 4275; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
The screen, when not in use, could display the Apple logo. Battery killer, but worth it.
4. wendygarett (unregistered)
Can I say... Google glass? :)
6. ramonleonjr62 (Posts: 48; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
really that is nice like their say about the map that it took 4 years to doit LOL
7. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
It will be interesting if the watch act as a second screen, not a phone. Where i can change the track, check out notifications.
8. buccob (Posts: 1307; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
This already exist, with Sony Smart Watch and Pebble project from Kickstarter. Sony just updated their watch and Pebble just launched, and it will get better
17. 9thWonderful (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
and the Sony smart watch is completely worthless...
11. lyndon420 (Posts: 1687; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
So does this mean apple left just one guy to work on their next phone?
15. XperiaUser (unregistered)
waste of money
16. 9thWonderful (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
Nothing...i like iPhone but a iWatch seems a little unnecessary. Maybe its all about functionality which i'd have to see one in action before i say its totally worthless.
18. EspHack (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
sure, we will see giant watches when this becomes a trend again, 2" screen and then 3" screen and so on
31. techloverNYC (Posts: 365; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
Many ideas like this actually got funded in kickstarter.com recently. I find this idea to be stupid but I mean if ppl are willing to fund those ppl to develop a watch with half the function of the iwatch for $150 then I hope iwatch get release faster. Atleast than I got a smartphone on a watch for the money spend.
What happens to those who wears a normal brand name watch? (Rolex,movado,etc)