Apple iWatch concept shows the possible future of the smartwatch

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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26 Comments

1. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

7. Victor.H

Posts: 1099; Member since: May 27, 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?

12. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

15. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

9. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

10. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

2. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

that's innovation

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

it's a CONCEPT

3. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

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

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hope the screen isn't round.

21. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 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

5. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

you want 5 inch retina screen b??

22. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I would love a 5" screen on my iPhone.

6. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

let's COOK biatchh !!

8. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

good design for a watch not for a smartwatch

11. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

13. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 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.

18. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

24. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol +1

14. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

16. BooBooooooo

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

E ink display is ideal for smartwatch

19. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

20. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

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.

25. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

26. Airforce

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 24, 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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