This round Apple Watch concept may suit the UI better than the real device

This round Apple Watch concept may suit the UI better than the real device
The impressive amount of attention that Motorola’s Moto 360 and LG’s G Watch R are receiving is clearly a sign that a lot of people like round smartwatches better than square ones (perhaps due to the fact that most classic wrist watches are round). This being said, we’re thinking that some Apple fans wished the iWatch Watch was round. But it just isn’t, instead offering a rectangular display. That, however, didn’t stop Korean fan Alcion from making a round Apple Watch concept.

As you may know, Apple introduced a brand new iOS UI for its Watch - one that makes app icons round (and very small). Well, the round Watch concept that we mentioned above may suit this UI better than Apple’s real device. So maybe - just maybe - some of Apple’s next-generation Watches will have round displays. Of course, until next-generations arrive, we still have to wait quite a few months before the first Apple Watch hits the market (sometime in early 2015).

Take a look at the round Apple Watch concept below and let us know if you like it more than the real thing.


source: Alcion (Facebook)

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30 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Took someone a day to come out with a more attractive concept than the real Apple watch. Do they even bother to put any effort into design any more?

4. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

It's very easy to come out with concepts based on the real design....it's just a combination of moto 360 and the apple watch. If you are a real designer, you should also explain how to design and fit all the components inside it.

7. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I'm pretty sure the making everything fit and work part is the engineers

22. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

that's the reason why they work together, you can't fit the components in any design, the engineer needs to approve everything...creating a more attractive concept is easy but it's not practical.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm going to have to agree with you. I'll stop trolling.

9. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

What #4 said and am sure the taptic engine influenced, quite largely, the final design.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The taptic engine is just a haptic feedback mechanism....like all the current phones have. Also, I am pretty sure Apple's engineers can figure out how to get things to work in a round watch just as everyone else's did. This concept is literally day and night better than the actual Apple Watch. Once again, Apple has failed pretty hard in their only saving grace, design.

17. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

The size of the motors for generating the different types of feedback must be something to consider.

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The size of the motors remains the same and there likely is only one motor in there because two would be too powerful for a watch and drain too much battery. The feedback differentiation is largely done via bursts of pulses instead of multiple motors in mobile devices.

23. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

it's not just the internal components, the design also has a lot to do with the user interface...the icons and some animations are round but the apps,as we have seen in the keynote, are making good use of the rectangular display, especially the small controls at the corners...so,with all things considered, i think the rectangular display was the right choice for now...they may add more options in the future if they think it's important.

13. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Cya next year

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

attractive design and very thin iPhone: needs more features best features and powerful internals in watch: the design sucks apple logo: gosh there must be something wrong with it don't we all wish that every concept could be reality? if so I would be halfway around the world in my hover-ferrari. but please... some pragmatism? funny how the apple watch appears to be highly customizable and has strong internals... not what they normally go with

24. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

No they don't and they don't care. Stamp a logo on it, and fans will buy anything Apple provides. Good Apple won't be successful this year.

2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Wow, that looks really nice. Fits better with their "digital crown," but then again I liked the concepts of the iPhone 6 better than the real thing also. Why Johnny!? Why couldn't you've just made the iPhone 6 look like this instead! http://cdn.gottabemobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/iphone-6-mockup-620x438.jpg

3. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

The 2nd gen might look like this. I'll wait until then.

5. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

My prediction is that Apple next year will be releasesing a round Apple watch and a smaller iphone 6.

15. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Apple went from having the smallest phone on the market to having a phone taller than the Note 4 overnight. Spec wise the 5.5" has the best features which is making many people highly upset. You can tell that the 4.7" received less attention. The large horde of people that made fun of Samsung owners for massize phones will have to make a decision on two phones that are less than ideal. Huge phone with better battery, display and camera vs smaller size, less dpi and no optical image stabilization. Can't wait to see the reviews next week.

30. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

they all say 10 out 10 for the 2 of them, joke

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice concept though.

8. iamahnsihyo

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Really nice concept.

10. Elfmonster unregistered

For months, this site has been running pretty pictures of potential iWatch mock-ups, and every one of them is more appealing than the actual Apple Watch.

11. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Apples real 'Apple Watch' has been inspired by plastic toy watches. Maybe they should turn to concept artists to create their watches.

14. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Concept is a concept. Concept can do anything in the design and whatsoever and it will never be the same with real device. Unless if this concept came from Apple and I'm sure they gonna follow that design and whatever include to that Watch. Concept just to make fun for people like you and me and make interest to watch and read.

16. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Excellent concept! Makes the real thing look very conservative.

19. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Who sayed they will not make an rounded one someday.

21. damokles unregistered

well, THAT looks fugly. So yeah, try to put all the sensors and features in that tiny housing. Building a concept is easy, developing the real watch is another task that many people in here wouldn't be able to build - so yeah, try it yourself ;)

25. surethom

Posts: 1612; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Apple has been working on the watch for 3 years apparently & I think round slim displays are new this year so I guess Apple took the decision to stick with the non round screen (bad choice in my mind) but I guess the Apple Watch 2 will be more round.

27. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It's amazing how many people here know better...maybe you should apply for a job in Apples engineering dept?? Or any engineering dept for that matter...or you could just carry out sitting behind your computer and whining..

28. ryanlockovich

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

That does look better than the real thing. They should make a round apple watch.

29. jibraihimi

Posts: 800; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Instead of three different tiers of iwatch ,apple should have launched one round shape watch and one which it is releasing............

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