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Topic # 150448 23-Jul-2014 11:44
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The rumors are gaining momentum as we approach the October Apple Conference date. Will Apple introduce a watch? and how will they convince teenagers to wear one?

I think Tim Cook was mindful of this when he said.
" I think for something to work here, you first have to convince people it's so incredible that they want to wear it."

- Apple CEO Tim Cook at D11 Conference: May 28, 2013






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  Reply # 1094150 23-Jul-2014 12:04
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It will pair to your phone, so hard to see what benefits there are apart from a fad

The all important health apps and capability are where it will be at, i'm not familiar with the other many health/fitness devices that are already out there.

Do I need a wristwatch to notify me I have a message? Do I need a wristwatch to tell me the weather? Im keen to see what it can do, but I don't need a fad, I would be interested if there were tangible, convenient benefits. No one really knows anything about it, so keen to see what they come up with

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  Reply # 1094182 23-Jul-2014 13:19
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I think the new 'hey Siri' voice interaction planned for IOS8 could mean your phone need never leave your bag/pocket and my childhood "spy watch" conversations could finally become reality?

Go check out the pebble threads for 'fad' watch uses, or google 'wearable computing' pipped to be the next IT explosion in daily living...

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  Reply # 1094196 23-Jul-2014 13:45
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I personally think that wearable's in their current form, i.e. just an extension of your phone, are a fad. I cant see mass market consumers buying these things. Even Google glass I suspect will stay in the geek world and not be embraced by the mass market.




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  Reply # 1094205 23-Jul-2014 14:11
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You might be right geekiegeek. I thought that about the Apple Newton. The updated version of that device is now being used to compose this post and is used by average consumers worldwide.




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  Reply # 1094210 23-Jul-2014 14:14
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I wear a watch for convenience but I don't have any desire to buy an "iTime". It will of course depend on the actual feature set etc, but I like my current watch being "set and forget". I don't foresee Apple's watch lasting years without charging or being compatible with the shower :)

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  Reply # 1094213 23-Jul-2014 14:18
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geekiegeek: I personally think that wearable's in their current form, i.e. just an extension of your phone, are a fad. I cant see mass market consumers buying these things. Even Google glass I suspect will stay in the geek world and not be embraced by the mass market.


+1 in their current "extension" mode, wearables are a solution looking for a problem, ( which I dont think exists) until they can function on their own they are likely to be very niche


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  Reply # 1094226 23-Jul-2014 14:34
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geekiegeek: I personally think that wearable's in their current form, i.e. just an extension of your phone, are a fad. I cant see mass market consumers buying these things. Even Google glass I suspect will stay in the geek world and not be embraced by the mass market.


I can see that. Who wants to be in a bus, street, and Siri-ing the phone via the watch? If the health and fitness stuff is great or better, then yes it has a growing market, excuse the pun!



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  Reply # 1094238 23-Jul-2014 14:50
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"Oh Ye of Little Faith"

Do you not remember what we said about the Ipad? "whats the point" "will never catch on" "Waste of time" even Bill!

Bill Gates’s engineers brought him an e-reader in 1998, he told them to forget about the ‘unimportant’ device. (Apparently)

come on! you were there to.. I know I was!

 



 







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  Reply # 1094244 23-Jul-2014 15:00
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gnfb: "Oh Ye of Little Faith"

Do you not remember what we said about the Ipad? "whats the point" "will never catch on" "Waste of time" even Bill!

Bill Gates’s engineers brought him an e-reader in 1998, he told them to forget about the ‘unimportant’ device. (Apparently)

come on! you were there to.. I know I was!






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  Reply # 1094270 23-Jul-2014 15:25
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I'm looking forward to what they come up with as it makes all the other manufacturers lift their game.

I have a Sam,sung Gear 2 and its great, I use it for cycling but most imp[importantly its great when a call/txt/email comes in and you can see it at a glance and deal with it without taking phone out of pocket. The amount of meetings I'm in and people get a notification and they straight away got for the phone which is annoying. Also quite handy when in car as I can use it to answer and make calls but look kind of strange talking into watch. Camera is also very handy and the pics quite good quality.

The voice control isn't good but if it was google voice instead of S Voice I'm sure it would be better so with Siri it will make the device virtually handsfree.

A fad, maybe but i don't think so i think we are moving move in that direction and at one stage you won't need a phone. Who would have thought 20 years ago you would have a camera of very good quality in a phone.

oh and my watch also shows the time and with many faces from Tag to Rolex .





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jeffnz: I'm looking forward to what they come up with as it makes all the other manufacturers lift their game.

I have a Sam,sung Gear 2 and its great, I use it for cycling but most imp[importantly its great when a call/txt/email comes in and you can see it at a glance and deal with it without taking phone out of pocket. The amount of meetings I'm in and people get a notification and they straight away got for the phone which is annoying. Also quite handy when in car as I can use it to answer and make calls but look kind of strange talking into watch. Camera is also very handy and the pics quite good quality.

The voice control isn't good but if it was google voice instead of S Voice I'm sure it would be better so with Siri it will make the device virtually handsfree.

A fad, maybe but i don't think so i think we are moving move in that direction and at one stage you won't need a phone. Who would have thought 20 years ago you would have a camera of very good quality in a phone.

oh and my watch also shows the time and with many faces from Tag to Rolex .




Lol. "And my watch also shows the time."

Priceless

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  Reply # 1094599 23-Jul-2014 23:45
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I can see the value of the fitness apps.

I'm currently injured and not running regularly, but I have used running watches, heart rate monitors and GPS devices. When you finish your run, you need to cook, eat, shower, wash sports gear and then connect watch / heartrate monitor and/or GPS to some interface to transfer the data to a website. Most of the time I just kept a spreadsheet, but it all takes time in the evening when you'd rather be doing something else (like sleeping).

The idea of the watch automatically pairing with the phone and uploading training data and downloading daily, weekly and long term training summaries and training plans based on your current fitness will appeal to a lot of people.

With cycling you can possibly take the phone with you without the watch, but running with a phone is something I always try to avoid.
Swimmers and triathletes need a waterproof watch, not a phone.




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  Reply # 1094606 24-Jul-2014 00:19
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tdgeek:
jeffnz: I'm looking forward to what they come up with as it makes all the other manufacturers lift their game.

I have a Sam,sung Gear 2 and its great, I use it for cycling but most imp[importantly its great when a call/txt/email comes in and you can see it at a glance and deal with it without taking phone out of pocket. The amount of meetings I'm in and people get a notification and they straight away got for the phone which is annoying. Also quite handy when in car as I can use it to answer and make calls but look kind of strange talking into watch. Camera is also very handy and the pics quite good quality.

The voice control isn't good but if it was google voice instead of S Voice I'm sure it would be better so with Siri it will make the device virtually handsfree.

A fad, maybe but i don't think so i think we are moving move in that direction and at one stage you won't need a phone. Who would have thought 20 years ago you would have a camera of very good quality in a phone.

oh and my watch also shows the time and with many faces from Tag to Rolex .




Lol. "And my watch also shows the time."

Priceless


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  Reply # 1094607 24-Jul-2014 00:21
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I think the bigger thing is how it will work with "Handoff" and home automation. I think Apple is quite far down the track with this stuff. You will come home (with or without the watch) and the door will unlock, you will walk in to the hall and the lights will turn on... you go to the kitchen and the kitchen lights turn on etc... how it all works in reality is everyones game but I see the watch being like the iPhone - My wife was like dumb, why do I need this. The things is glued to her hand now...

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