What do Apple iWatch fans want to see on the rumored device?

What do Apple iWatch fans want to see on the rumored device?
A survey conducted by online shopping site BuyVia found that 26% would be interested in buying an Apple iWatch. This is the rumored smartwatch that is allegedly being designed by 100 Apple engineers in Cupertino. According to the survey, 38% are not interested in the device at all and 36% are unsure about their interest. Interestingly, most of the features that potential buyers of the watch want are features already on the Apple iPhone. BuyVia CEO and co-founder Norman Fong says that most of those surveyed want the iWatch to have the same features as the Apple iPhone. He says that consumers are only interested in a watch that does everything that a smartphone does such as offer Wi-Fi connectivity, a mapping application and GPS capabilities. The watch is rumored to have a 1.5 inch LCD screen with support for Bluetooth, and could connect to the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad.


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.

31% of potential buyers for a lower-priced Apple iPhone said that they would be willing to sacrifice Siri in order to pay less for an iPhone. Next to go would be the aluminum back which could be replaced by a cheaper material like plastic. There are three untouchables that Apple iPhone users say they would not give up for a lower price. One is battery life, followed by storage capacity and the 8MP camera with panorama.

source: eWeek

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30 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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 unregistered

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: - Notifications - FB/Twitter link - Time (obviously) - Alarm - 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/Porter_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.

29. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I agree too!

24. ZeroCide

Posts: 813; Member since: Jan 09, 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: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

They always have their iFormula right? Circle physical home button, design remains the same, etc.

32. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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!

9. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Same can be said about the iPad.

10. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The logo.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The screen, when not in use, could display the Apple logo. Battery killer, but worth it.

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Good point, I agree. +1

4. wendygarett unregistered

Can I say... Google glass? :)

6. ramonleonjr62

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

really that is nice like their say about the map that it took 4 years to doit LOL

7. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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

14. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

apple watch will kill all competition /s

17. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

and the Sony smart watch is completely worthless...

15. XperiaUser unregistered

waste of money

16. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 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: Sep 04, 2012

sure, we will see giant watches when this becomes a trend again, 2" screen and then 3" screen and so on

23. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

useless :S

31. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 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)

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