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Old 07-08-14, 07:15 AM   #26
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Re: Will you be getting iWatch?

Yep, I will. I love my Kickstarter Pebble but I'm ready for the "next gen" and Apple doesn't disappoint.
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Old 07-08-14, 10:09 PM   #27
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Most people didn't see the point of a smartphone at first either.
I guess I am not most people..I could not wait to get a smart phone. I have always been one of the first to buy something...Laserdisc(though it had been out a while just not popular) dvd, cd, computer, smart phone, list goes on. I see no reason to get this.
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Old 07-08-14, 10:43 PM   #28
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Re: Will you be getting iWatch?

My favorite Pebble smart watch features:

1) Checking text messages while keeping phone in pocket.
2) Screen calls while keeping phone in pocket.
3) Notification when I forget my phone (watch vibrates).
4) Custom watch faces.
5) Week long battery life.
6) Skipping music tracks from wrist when listening to music in car.

Sure, I could live without it but its definitely cool and I get complements about it all the time.

I like the design of the Moto360, looks really cool but sadly won't work with iOS. So I'm intrigued by the iWatch and what it will offer. If its mostly just health and fitness features I'll pass.
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Old 07-08-14, 11:38 PM   #29
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Most people didn't see the point of a smartphone at first either.
I'm a smartphone fanatic and love my Samsung S4. I have the newly-released Polar V800 triathlon watch. I have a Garmin Vivofit activity tracker band. I have a Mio Link wrist heart rate emitter. I have a Sony waterproof behind-the-ears MP3 player.

I'm still not excited about smartwatches. I want one, but they haven't been developed yet to the point where I'm getting one.
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Old 07-09-14, 02:27 AM   #30
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Re: Will you be getting iWatch?

People still wear watches?

I thought I was in the minority with my cheap $25 Casio Analog/Digital watch
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I want one, but they haven't been developed yet to the point where I'm getting one.
And that's the exact point I was trying to make. They may not have the compelling features yet that will push them into mass acceptance, but we don't know what they will be in one or two years, now that Google and Apple both have their considerable weight behind them.

I remember when the first iPad was announced, my reaction was very much "meh, I don't see much need for such a device." Now I couldn't imagine living without a tablet.

Smartwatches may end up as brief blips in the history of mobile tech, or they may end up as a replacement for our current phones. Who knows? I just think it is a bit early to write them off with any kind of certainty.
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Old 07-09-14, 11:48 AM   #32
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People still wear watches?

I thought I was in the minority with my cheap $25 Casio Analog/Digital watch
I've tried the "check your phone for the time" thing but digging it out of my pocket and activating it takes significantly more time (and is very obvious) over a casual turn of my wrist. I've never understood the appeal.
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Old 07-09-14, 12:16 PM   #33
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And that's the exact point I was trying to make. They may not have the compelling features yet that will push them into mass acceptance, but we don't know what they will be in one or two years, now that Google and Apple both have their considerable weight behind them.

I remember when the first iPad was announced, my reaction was very much "meh, I don't see much need for such a device." Now I couldn't imagine living without a tablet.

Smartwatches may end up as brief blips in the history of mobile tech, or they may end up as a replacement for our current phones. Who knows? I just think it is a bit early to write them off with any kind of certainty.
Oh, they'll get there and I'll be getting one. I give it 3-4 years until one comes out that I'm happy with and couldn't live without. It will have filters for Tweets, FB posts, emails, and texts so that only the important ones go through, track running, biking, swimming, steps, calories, link up to an HR monitor for things like spin and Zumba, play and control music, do directions and activate apps and do the whole Google Now thing.
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Old 07-11-14, 07:15 AM   #34
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Re: Will you be getting iWatch?

I have a collection of vintage Swiss and antique American Mechanical watches. My newest is my 1996 Rolex Submariner. My oldest is a 1924 Elgin (made in Illinois).

I like mechanical watches. I would never put a battery powered device on my arm. My skin reacts with them, and they quit working after about two or three months.

All,my mechanical watches work just fine.
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Old 07-11-14, 08:38 AM   #35
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And that's the exact point I was trying to make. They may not have the compelling features yet that will push them into mass acceptance, but we don't know what they will be in one or two years, now that Google and Apple both have their considerable weight behind them.
As great as the Pebble is, it was almost a "hack" of a smart watch.

Now that iOS and Android are including APIs and the OS consider the existence of smart watches, things will change.

First main users will be active people, and people that want to be healthier. But they need a "killer app" for a smart watch, then we will forget about this talk.
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Old 07-22-14, 09:54 PM   #36
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Re: Will you be getting iWatch?

Looks like it's going to be called iTime.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2...time/13006485/

LOS ANGELES — Apple's new smartwatch will apparently be called "iTime."

The company received a patent approval Tuesday for a "mobile electronic device," complete with diagrams and a monicker for the new gizmo, called iTime, in familiar Apple fonts.

The watch, which is expected to be launched in October, would be Apple CEO Tim Cook's first new product launch since taking over for the late Steve Jobs in 2011. All other introductions have been updates of previous models.

The patent was filed July 20, 2011.

In the patent, Apple points out that the watch will interact with computers, tablets and smartphones. Consumers should expect to be able to check texts and e-mail from the watch, without having to pull out their phones, and command the watch to deliver the weather — as well as the current time.

Apple's new watch won't be the first smartwatch. Samsung and LG just introduced new devices using Google's Android Wear technology, and others first hit stores in 2013 from Pebble and Martian.

The patent filing was first disclosed by the AppleInsider blog.
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Old 09-09-14, 01:03 PM   #37
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So hey, this is a thing now.
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Old 09-09-14, 01:05 PM   #38
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Re: Will you be getting iWatch?

Looks very cool but it won't be replacing my mechanical pieces any time soon.
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Old 09-09-14, 01:16 PM   #39
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Ooo, two sizes, different straps. The difference watch face screens are kind of neat.
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Old 09-09-14, 01:20 PM   #41
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OK...this is pretty cool:

"You can also zoom out and look at the solar system and see the real-time position of all the planets."
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Old 09-09-14, 01:23 PM   #42
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but... but... can you see the screen in direct sunlight?
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Old 09-09-14, 01:36 PM   #43
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I don't know what I was expecting, but I didn't think it would look as goofy as it does. Seriously the first unappealing Apple design I've seen in a while. I mean, yeah, the watch itself is just a micro-sized iPhone which makes complete sense, but paired up with that band it just looks awful.
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Old 09-09-14, 01:41 PM   #44
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Starts at $349.
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Old 09-09-14, 01:57 PM   #45
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Re: Will you be getting iWatch?

Looks great, but (a) it isn't clear if it always has to be tethered to an iPhone - can I take it out on a jog with some local music loaded without bringing my phone - and (b) $349 is out of my price range for a device I don't see getting as much use for me as my iPhone does.

But Apple will no doubt make boatloads of bucks on it.

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Old 09-09-14, 04:37 PM   #46
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OK...this is pretty cool:

"You can also zoom out and look at the solar system and see the real-time position of all the planets."
That sounds useful.
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Old 09-09-14, 05:00 PM   #47
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It always has to be tethered to an iPhone, even for the health logging stuff. It's not a standalone item at all.
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Old 09-09-14, 05:25 PM   #48
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That's one fugly watch.
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Old 09-09-14, 05:31 PM   #49
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OK...this is pretty cool:

"You can also zoom out and look at the solar system and see the real-time position of all the planets."
Wow, I thought I was kidding when I told someone at lunch this thing would read your horoscope...
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Old 09-09-14, 06:30 PM   #50
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The way I see it, Apple (and all the other OEMs) have to convince me that smartwatches are something that will really improve my daily life. I think people have been burned after being sold $600+ tablets that they ultimately don't use all that often, so they're more gun shy about buying whatever the next thing the manufacturers are trying to push is, and on top of it, there's no obvious killer application for smartwatches. Yeah, get notifications on your wrist, we get that. But so what? Outside of the watch element, none of this works without your phone, which means it's basically an expensive ugly watch if you want to leave your phone at home for any reason (or forget your phone more likely).

Someone I talked to suggested that Apple may use the watch to provide the NFC for their payment system on phones older than the 6, which would be smart, but that's not going to be a solid selling point for very long. Standalone fitness trackers can be had much cheaper, so there needs to be something that the watch does that nothing else does that justifies the buy-in price, and then all of these other features become added value. And I've yet to see what that killer feature is.
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