Next Apple Watch to be called iWatch?

Next Apple Watch to be called iWatch?
From the very beginning of the rumors that suggested that Apple was working on a watch, the smart money was betting that it would be given the moniker of Apple iWatch. And why not? Apple had become the most valuable company on Earth thanks to a succession of mobile devices using the "i" prefix. From the iPod to the iPhone and then the iPad, Apple had struck gold with this naming scheme. And even when another company held the rights, like Cisco did with the iPhone name, Apple got its way at the end of the day.

Apple even registered the iWatch name in several countries, and had numerous filings at the USPTO. But when the time came to unveil the device on September 9th, 2014, most were stunned to hear it called the Apple Watch. Apparently, a company called OMG Electronics had filed to use the iWatch name in September 2012 for a timepiece that was being being funded on Indiegogo. But that failed. Seeking to raise $100,000 for its iWatch, OMG was able to raise just $1434.

Now, with the second generation Apple Watch expected to be unveiled on September 7th, it appears that Apple could be calling the device the iWatch. A trademark application filed in Asia for the iWatch name, was apparently accepted exactly one week ago from today. The original filing was made on June 3rd, 2013. That is, assuming that the documents are genuine.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities' Apple analyst, there will be two different versions of the new Apple Watch. Neither will have stand-alone cellular connectivity, which means the timepiece will still need to be paired to an iPhone. The premium model will feature GPS and a barometer. Both new models will have improved waterproofing, an improved battery life, and a faster processor.

Will calling the next Apple Watch the iWatch make it sell better? Will Apple even decide to make the name change? All will be revealed a week from tomorrow during Apple's September 7th event.


source: Telefoonabonnement.nl (translated)

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16 Comments

1. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Who cares. I'm tired of their marketing names, Retina Display for example.

5. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Retina Display feels OK for me, or you want to call it "Apple Display"?

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's not really retina though. However you can see a difference in the 4.7" (326 dpi) display vs their own 5.5" (401 dpi) display in terms of graphics quality. So their retina crap marketing is just that, crap.

9. Unordinary unregistered

Keep crying.. Better branding than most tech/phones lol. Just think about how stupid and bad some branding is.

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

another icrap that is DOA....apple is dying gradually

3. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Nope, it will be called i-toy. Made for kids, by kids.

4. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

i for Apple, S for Samsung... feed the narcissists.

6. oister85 unregistered

it should be call iwatch from first place but apple wants be special and call it apple watch. I guess the apple watch is not picking up sales, so they changed it to iwatch.

7. oister85 unregistered

it should be call iwatch from first place but apple wants be special and call it apple watch. I guess the apple watch is not picking up sales, so they changed it to iwatch.

8. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Regardless of what Apple calls it, it will be the best smart watch, and the one consumers REALLY want to buy. That's why the last iteration sold better than any other smart watch.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why would it be the best? The original wasn't.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey Ted, who decides which smartwatch is best? Nerds or market?

11. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Iwatch TV iwatch porn iwatch everything blah blah blah.

14. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Surprised they haven't made an iGlass yet

15. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

So long as it keeps the same fugly look, it'll merely be a glorified V-Tech regardless what they name it...

16. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Maybe one variation will be a more consumer focused/ cheaper, with the GPS one being called Apple Watch, to make it sound like it should be more expensive.

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