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Apple (AAPL) is indeed thinking of selling an iWatch, both the NYT and WSJ report. Sources claim...

Apple (AAPL) is indeed thinking of selling an iWatch, both the NYT and WSJ report. Sources claim Apple is experimenting with iOS-based watches made of curved glass, and has discussed the matter with Foxconn. If an iWatch ever arrives, there's a good chance it will use Corning's (GLW) Willow Glass, which was created with bendable displays in mind. Former Apple UI designer Bruce Tognazzini recently predicted an iWatch will arrive, while providing a long list of apps/services it might support.
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  • ebworthen
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    An iWatch?

     

    Apple is going off the rails without Steve Jobs.

     

    The new generations don't wear watches, they are "old school".

     

    If they have an iPhone, why would they buy an iWatch?

     

    Do your own research and look and see how many people under 35 wear a watch.

     

    What next, an iCalculator?
    10 Feb 2013, 03:41 PM Reply Like
  • jrez
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    Great! The fewer people under 35 who already wear a watch the bigger the market would be. :-)
    10 Feb 2013, 03:55 PM Reply Like
  • D_Virginia
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    I agree with jrez.

     

    This is an old sales parable that's worth telling in full:

     

    Once upon a time, two shoe salesmen went to an underdeveloped country to sell shoes.

     

    One reported back: "We can't sell anything here, no one wears shoes."

     

    The other reported back: "We're gonna sell tons here! No one has any shoes!"

     

    Sometimes it's all a matter of perspective. :-)
    10 Feb 2013, 04:00 PM Reply Like
  • aardvark3
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    You no doubt also said , "Who needs an iPhone. We already have phones. Duh."
    10 Feb 2013, 04:34 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    If somebody merely mentions an Apple idea, all common sense vanishes and the fawning begins.

     

    Apparently, nobody's stopped -- maybe, not even Apple, if this supposed idea is real -- to think about what has been a main source of Apple's recent woes and why Samsung is now the world's number-one phone seller. That reason is because mobile internet communication is fundamentally a visual experience, not an auditory or temporal one. That's why phones have migrated quickly to ever-larger screens and why the old phone use, to talk, is of little import. A watch is even less relevant or useful.

     

    There's a better future, if any, for something like Google's virtual-display eyeglasses than any Dick-Tracy-like micro-miniature wrist display. Or, maybe, Apple envisions folks with 5" displays strapped to their wrists?

     

    Apple has been consistently lost in space since Mr. Jobs' untimely passing, going on lawsuit wild goose chases, not producing timely updates of existing products or any meaningful new introductions of products. Now, even their trial-balloon ideas are going around the bend and seem like the blind gropings of corporate types, rather than the acts of any visionaries.
    10 Feb 2013, 07:11 PM Reply Like
  • D_Virginia
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    > lost in space since Mr. Jobs' untimely passing, going on
    > lawsuits wild goose chases

     

    In all fairness, Mr. Jobs started most of those wild goose chases, and was hell bent on seeing them through and adding lots more. Don't blame Apple's legal shenanigans on Jobs' passing -- if anything, I hope that they will reduce their patent trolling now that Steve is gone.
    10 Feb 2013, 07:21 PM Reply Like
  • raincity
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    Here is a great article from a former Apple usability expert on some of the possible features of this watch. I wasn't convinced I would want this product until reading about its potential. This could be a huge success.

     

    http://bit.ly/UVauS6
    10 Feb 2013, 07:36 PM Reply Like
  • chancwill
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    Maybe teenagers don't wear watches as much, but how can you make that claim about 35 and under not wearing watches? If you are going to say something like that at least cite some evidence. I spend significant portions of my time with people less than 35 and from my experience you could not be more wrong.
    10 Feb 2013, 07:53 PM Reply Like
  • iamkevin1
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    Everyone I know wears a watch
    10 Feb 2013, 07:59 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    ipad nano a few years ago spawned a watch craze to put those on wrist bands to suffice as faddish time pieces and MP3 players on the wrist.
    10 Feb 2013, 08:03 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    I finally understand why Macbook World conferences were all the rage for media and tech sorts during the 1990s AAPL depression, Apple was the bell weather of innovation that caused people to dream of the possibilities ...

     

    It seems Apple is losing that crown or that field is much more crowded.

     

    As Google glasses has helped us see the future more clearly.

     

    Where are those Minority Report computers??
    10 Feb 2013, 08:10 PM Reply Like
  • Eric Dee
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    ebworthen, It's retro dude! Get it together and let's cash in on AAPL, branding! Sure a calulator, why not! It is amazing what people will buy!
    10 Feb 2013, 08:32 PM Reply Like
  • XRTrader
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    Your statement sounds exactly like commentary I read on here and heard on CNBC after the iPad was announced: "The iPad sounds like a female hygiene product" "No one wants an iPad - the future is powerful laptops" "This idea was tried before and failed" "What is Apple thinking"

     

    The list of criticisms was endless. Of course, the iPad was a huge success.

     

    I don't know if the iWatch will be a success. But, I know enough to think outside the box - there are functions we perform every day -payment, calendar, reminders, time check, music, even short phone calls or bluetooth capabilities - that can be incorporated into a phone.

     

    It's not gonna replace an internet surfing iPad - but it could be an interesting auxiliary product. Why don't we wait and see what the specks and functions are...
    10 Feb 2013, 10:08 PM Reply Like
  • Brimn
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    If it were just a watch, I’d agree. Seeing that what the iWatch sounds like is the watch from Dick Tracy, made real, I think it’s going to be real popular.

     

    And if Apple does produce such a watch, I fully intend to own own.
    10 Feb 2013, 10:51 PM Reply Like
  • hahaha48
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    iNosering with a smell amplifier
    iWig with a color changer
    iEarring with an ear phone
    iTooth with an auto cleaner

     

    All connected to your mind and thay are all mind control and retire siri
    10 Feb 2013, 11:22 PM Reply Like
  • wiesje
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    fantastic !

     

    i want a wearable iToilet, just in case i am informed that the stock tanked on my iWatch, while driving in my iCar in my tax-free iCountry.

     

    and where do all the Nokia people live ?
    11 Feb 2013, 02:23 AM Reply Like
  • Jballa
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    Tack...you crack me up...keep up the good humor...I enjoyed your insight!!!!!!
    11 Feb 2013, 07:31 AM Reply Like
  • bmwr1200c
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    Jrez - the world was full of portable MP3 players, another mp3 player for apple did not make sense. But then came iPod nano, iPod touch and later that got converted to iPhone and then iPad.

     

    Well what else to say you know the rest.
    11 Feb 2013, 08:48 AM Reply Like
  • ebworthen
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    chancwill - I said "Do your own research..."

     

    Watches are considered un-cool and old-school.

     

    I'm sure that you and the crowd you hang with wear watches; are you and your crowd the age 17-25 throng of consumptive automatons that Apple depends on or different?

     

    Like I said, do your own research, make your own observations, and ask around.

     

    I think the iWatch is the dumbest idea I have heard from any tech. company in a very long time.
    11 Feb 2013, 01:26 PM Reply Like
  • Whitehawk
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    iSwatch
    10 Feb 2013, 03:42 PM Reply Like
  • Jballa
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    Bravo...everyone...very creative...but please don't quit your day jobs...and by day jobs I mean posting on Seeking Alpha!

     

    Why don't you leave the truly revolutionary thinking to the actual Apple creators...true visionaries who have dreamt up the magical brand new iPad 4......with........128 Megs.............wowww... Jobs must be dancing in heaven with that spectacular new release!!!
    11 Feb 2013, 08:08 AM Reply Like
  • gpearson
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    I'll be waiting for the iRing (secret decoder of course).
    11 Feb 2013, 03:53 PM Reply Like
  • Pts117
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    Drink more ovaltine
    11 Feb 2013, 03:59 PM Reply Like
  • D_Virginia
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    Don't be so quick to dismiss this.

     

    The Pebble e-ink watch blew away Kickstarter records:
    http://kck.st/12EpR3r

     

    There are a variety of wristbands designed to make a watch out of the previous generation iPod Nano:
    http://amzn.to/12ifVYU

     

    I think there's a market here.
    10 Feb 2013, 03:50 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    My son a track team coach uses the iPod stop watch since last year...also Rumor has it they are working on a ring also...I believe watch will monitor blood pressure pedometer heartbeat etc...
    10 Feb 2013, 05:33 PM Reply Like
  • sanmiguelito
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    The next thing will be the new household gadget called the i ron.
    10 Feb 2013, 03:53 PM Reply Like
  • jrez
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    Think this is a cool idea. We've never seen a watch that can do what an iWatch might be able to do. And I saw the Corning CEO demonstrate the bendable gorilla glass on bloomberg, plus the glare-free glass - it was pretty amazing.
    10 Feb 2013, 03:53 PM Reply Like
  • pagreen1966
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    Yes I was impressed with the new glare free glass. Should be on tablets and smartphones later this year.
    10 Feb 2013, 06:10 PM Reply Like
  • walls
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    Yes...with all those workout apps drop in a cool heartbeat monitor and calorie day tracker... USA is becoming addicted to health...careful it may just work..
    10 Feb 2013, 07:50 PM Reply Like
  • Nancyxpat
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    Avid Apple shareholder and product user!
    10 Feb 2013, 07:52 PM Reply Like
  • Nancyxpat
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    I also think it is a great idea. Watches are getting bigger and bigger and you won't have to ack your phone or your ipad arund
    10 Feb 2013, 07:52 PM Reply Like
  • nguyenvanphuoc
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    Just watched a Bloomberg video with the Corning CEO - http://bloom.bg/YkeBCr.

     

    Pretty cool stuff they've got coming out.

     

    And an iWatch would be pretty cool. Right now I use my iphone to monitor my email, etc. and pull out my laptop when I need to do something. Would be great to have a nano-sized ios device that can keep me up to date - phone and laptop can stay in the bag unless needed.

     

    The form factor is less important than the function IMO - doesn't HAVE to be a watch, just a small device that you can tuck away and get to quickly. Whether that's on your wrist, in your pocket or wherever - up to the user.
    10 Feb 2013, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • D_Virginia
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    Nguyen, you might like a Pebble watch while you wait 1-2 years for Apple to release an iWatch:
    http://getpebble.com

     

    I had ordered one just for fun back in their Kickstarter days (last summer?). There have been many delays, but the first units are finally starting to ship now, so I hope to have mine soon. The capabilities sound promising.
    10 Feb 2013, 04:04 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    Thanks for the video. I need to load some more $GLW...
    10 Feb 2013, 09:41 PM Reply Like
  • techwonk
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    I'd be really interested to hear about it when yours arrives.

     

    Besides the coolness factor, Pebble is a poster child for Kickstarter and crowdsourced tech startup funding.
    16 Mar 2013, 08:23 PM Reply Like
  • milehr
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    The smallest tablet.
    10 Feb 2013, 04:18 PM Reply Like
  • MajorDude
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    Wearable computing is the next thing. Nike Fuel anyone?
    10 Feb 2013, 04:25 PM Reply Like
  • bjnflicks
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    An iWatch reveals an important yet often ignored value added element to Apple products. They are bling. These days, people do not show off peacock feathers, jewelry or Rolex watches, they flash their status symbols iPhones, and the iWatch is yet another piece of bling which will also have important functions besides telling time, I'm sure,.

     

    Seeing an AAPL rebond back to $700 as if the last six months never happened, and it definitely shiouldn';t have happened. There was no major reason for AAPL to fall more than for consolidation, and the last 200 points had nothing at all to do with fundamental reality. Apple is now selling below book value and is still the best company on earth makming the most money on earth with the best profit margins of any tech company.
    10 Feb 2013, 04:25 PM Reply Like
  • New Century
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    lets be realistic - an iphone is not a status symbol to someone that can afford a rolex (or audemars, etc)
    10 Feb 2013, 06:15 PM Reply Like
  • bjnflicks
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    PS. Steve Jobs would love this idea. He was always into the concept of wearable computers which came out of the whole cyberpunk Wired movement. If this iWatch has computer functions (and you know it will) that makes it a mini wearable computer. They should make one you can talk to as well, that would be FUN and make many billions more for Apple.
    10 Feb 2013, 04:28 PM Reply Like
  • bjnflicks
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    And now watch Samdung copy the idea and beat Apple to the market with it. Samsung is not the "new thing" they are expert copycats, and that is all they are when it comes to competing with Apple.
    10 Feb 2013, 04:29 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    http://bit.ly/Y3oRyj

     

    ... or Sony (SNE)
    10 Feb 2013, 04:47 PM Reply Like
  • rperson
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    Of course the Apple bashers and Samsung fanbois will dismiss this out of hand as goofy and stupid. The same sandbaggers who claimed Apple stock price deserved its drop because Apple could no longer innovate. I think there's a place for the Iwatch on/in Doug Kass' anatomy that I will leave to you collective imaginations.
    10 Feb 2013, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • Ted Bear
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    We had numerous venues to hear music, and the Walkman was very passe when the i-pod hit the streets.

     

    Bit it worked out pretty well for AAPL< i would say.

     

    AAPL needs to do something. Adding bells an whistles to existing products is only going to take them so far. To begin another period of acceleration AAPL needs to introduce new products. Watches? I don't know--nobody wear one. Televisions? Everybody has one. But i would be willing to bet that AAPL will introduce a category killer if they decide to get into either niche.
    10 Feb 2013, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • The Shareholder
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    I think the idea for this came when an engineer looked at his 1980s calculator watch and wished it had a graphing function. Suddenly an idea was born...
    10 Feb 2013, 04:40 PM Reply Like
  • mwaldmer
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    This sounds more like a Dick Tracy watch, if you remember him.
    10 Feb 2013, 04:54 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    "like a Dick Tracy watch,"

     

    Already came out a few years ago from a major Asian brand.
    10 Feb 2013, 08:13 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    I'm impressed at how readily everyone accepts any and every rumor about Apple and Apple products. ... You're an easy group.
    10 Feb 2013, 04:40 PM Reply Like
  • rperson
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    Statler and Hilton commentary from the Muppets balcony. Why not give it a chance? Does someone always have to dump on Apple's parade even before it starts? I guess that's why God gave us crummudgeons after all. Have a crappy day!
    10 Feb 2013, 05:01 PM Reply Like
  • D_Virginia
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    > Does someone always have to dump on Apple's parade even
    > before it start

     

    Yes. :-)

     

    But before you bash back, let me tell you why.

     

    As a consumer, Apple's release strategies are very frustrating.

     

    Based on past experience, the first iWatch is likely to have the following issues:
    1) It will be a closed system, developers will not have access to everything the hardware can do (this has advantages and disadvantages, depending on your perspective)
    2) It will be missing a few key features that competitors already have on the market. Some of these features (but not all of them) will be introduced a year later on the iWatch 2.
    3) It will have at least one feature that is ingeniously ahead of its time and might be perfect in a couple of years...but is simply a drawback at the time of release.
    4) It will be intuitive and magical to use...but also slow and inefficient to use.
    5) It will be horribly overpriced compared to the only slightly less shiny competition.

     

    Now, before you start hating on me, know that I own a now-retired iPhone 4 (currently serving as a workout iPod for me), an iPhone 5, and an iPad 2, and I like them all, to an extent. But you have to be realistic, not everyone likes everything about Apple and their products, or certainly their product releases.

     

    However, as an investor (though I do not own any Apple stock at this time), I'm sure this product would make Apple money. :-)
    10 Feb 2013, 05:59 PM Reply Like
  • tclark13
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    I expect if an Iwatch can do pretty much everything your smartphone does who knows how many they can sell? As for youngsters not wearing watches? The nieces have a dozen of every size, shape and color to go with every outfit. Some hang around their necks more like jewelry than time pieces. If they could store music, take pictures and make phone calls? All the better. Just need an easy change strap in 1000 colors and styles.
    10 Feb 2013, 05:17 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    Let's see what exactly is being offered before bashing.
    10 Feb 2013, 05:28 PM Reply Like
  • nfultz1
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    I originally thought the iWatch idea was bad, but after reading the article above, I'm impressed. Everyone should read the article before dismissing the concept. I don't wear a watch and never thought I would, but after reading this, I would consider it.

     

    I hate reaching in my pocket for my phone so having a watch that executes its functions would be nice. The fact that so many people don't wear watches today points to a huge market opportunity.
    10 Feb 2013, 05:40 PM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    Is it me or has AAPL, at least by appearances, seemed to have lost its way a bit? I've been a strong AAPL supporter but AAPL seems to be coloring outside the lines on its strategy at least. They have always stayed true to their strategy and meeting customers' needs. Something just seems amiss. Just sayin.
    10 Feb 2013, 05:50 PM Reply Like
  • D_Virginia
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    > They have always stayed true to their strategy and meeting
    > customers' needs.

     

    I respectfully disagree, in that I don't think that's been their strategy at all.

     

    Their strategy has been to create new categories, and create demand.

     

    The iPod created a new category. The iPhone (or at least it's app store concept) created a new category. The iPad (or at least the degree to which it was well done) created a new category.

     

    The iWatch may yet create a new category.

     

    We will have to wait and see. :-)
    10 Feb 2013, 06:06 PM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    Sorry to disagree with you, D_V. AAPL has never led with let's "create new categories". Read the plethora of comments from SJ and interviews from many videos - it's never been that - the brand has always been about value and developing products to help people in their daily lives. Yes, there have been pushing existing things to the limit and disrupting markets but "create new categories" has always been a subset of the former. Now, they have lost their way a bit, they need something innovative, but the strategy is off track a bit now to determine what's next. I agree with Avie Tevanian when he said that "complacency" would be AAPL's undoing. The competition is catching up and there's not much more to be done with the smart phone - the smart phone market is converging. So, the next gen of innovation has to be purposeful. I hope AAPL finds it. In the meantime, I can't decide if I am going to Shareholders' meeting in person yet.
    10 Feb 2013, 06:59 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    I don't think the cart is off the rails Sduris.....just busy doing their thing....alot of furniture rearranging with Forestalls departure.....
    10 Feb 2013, 08:19 PM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    Well, first a lot is not a four-letter word. LOL, ST, just keeping ya on your toes. Secondly, there are a lot of miscues (Maps isn't one of them, I still stand by my original "much ado about nothing" comment from months ago) going on with AAPL. And maybe miscues isn't the right word because now that competition has caught up with AAPL, what normal things others see in companies we see in AAPL as miscues because we have lauded AAPL for so long. To stay ahead, AAPL just needs to do things for the right reasons - purposefully as I note above - so it becomes less re-action and more pro-action. One thing AAPL needs to work on is FCP. AVID is the standard for editing but with delaying the desktop upgrades while upgrading FCP, that has hurt AAPL.
    10 Feb 2013, 08:38 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    sduris , never educate a happy man.......and, aapl just does what they feel they need to do on their time...unfortunately that is not always shareholder friendly........hang in there .
    ....sure I'd love to see Tim Cook in a Naru jacket.....those sunny 60's SanFrancisco days have passed.... I do wish they would use SJ's voice for siri though.
    ..love all my aapl products as most owners probably do.....the stock will rebound........
    if you want to watch paint dry buy some msft...and then watch Balmer steer the titanic into an iceburg.
    11 Feb 2013, 11:11 AM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    Using SJ's voice for Siri, too morbid, I think. I will say there definitely is room for improvement on Siri technology. Good analogy with Ballmer.
    11 Feb 2013, 06:10 PM Reply Like
  • investingInvestor
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    This could be a killer app. Apple makes life fun.

     

    Smart spaces like Metro trains, buses, stations, stores, airports, schools, cities. With an iWatch, you are always connected by Wifi. Of course, an iPhone or MacBook would also connect you, but you do not have them on your wrist. When is the next train? Which aisle is the milk? Has my colleague arrived yet?

     

    Busy schedules. With an iWatch, you are always on schedule. You can use your iWatch as an excuse to leave a boring discussion (with a virtual bailout button).

     

    Tweets! On your wrist! Alerts. RSS summaries. SMS via Wifi.

     

    Who am I kidding? What does Apple know? Steve Ballmer says flat tiled screens and one window apps are more than anyone needs.

     

    Still, I can dream...
    10 Feb 2013, 05:55 PM Reply Like
  • investingInvestor
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    I am slooow.....

     

    An iWatch could connect to its owner's iPhone, iMac, iTV, refrigerator, car, home security system, baby monitor. Warn you when the big game starts, baby is awake, the food is cooked.

     

    An iWatch could monitor your exercise and vitals.

     

    An iWatch would be a chip integration tour de force. I don't see that on Intel's tic-toc schedule through 2020 because it's not on Intel's radar.
    10 Feb 2013, 06:18 PM Reply Like
  • hahaha48
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    then why not an iPhone on the wrist?

     

    that at least has a slim chance.

     

    how about an iPhone that send display to your eye directly or to an eyeglass?
    10 Feb 2013, 11:13 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    Much more to come! AAPL is a very good buy now.
    10 Feb 2013, 05:56 PM Reply Like
  • Michael O'Neill
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    Forget telling the time, alarm, calendar, different time zone - if this watch had a compass, gps, could be used whilst surfing, underwater, skiing, running, cycling, swimming, when training and looked cool and connected to the other iOS devices it would be a smash hit.

     

    If it could also get quick emails, texts, perhaps could even talk then it would sell better than the iPhone.

     

    I know that I and everyone I know would buy one if this could happen.

     

    Very exciting. Is this the end for many watch makers? Remember Sony and music. Remember Palm, iPaq, Nokia, Rimm, Motorola, Sony, NEC, Erriccson with phones?

     

    Over 1,000,000,000 watches are sold every year and people pay up to $$$ several thousand dollars for a watch, especially if there are several models, material & designs. This could be ABSOLUTELY HUGE for Apple.

     

    Apple's stock is clearly on sale at present. With new lower priced iPhones, large screen iPhones, new iPads, Apple iTV the future is very bright indeed.
    10 Feb 2013, 07:26 PM Reply Like
  • TLAHKL
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    I am a practicing architect and land development consultant who has always been amazed by Apple's innovative idea and revolutionary approach.
    10 Feb 2013, 07:50 PM Reply Like
  • TLAHKL
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    In fact the name "iWatch" is misleading and narrow minded. Such idevice shall be a tiny computer data center which is to serve easy and quick review for email, text message or daily reminder. Also,
    it shall be functionally connected to an iPhone, iPad or iMac, etc.
    Maybe it should be called "iDC"...individual Data Center, as it would begin with a revolutionary milestone, as it does oppose to the "post PC" era.
    10 Feb 2013, 07:51 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    Perhaps the iClock, or with Job like function the iJob, though it's near the hand, so perhaps iHand, or maybe a combination of those ideas: the iHandjob. Investors should be poised to hit the Buy button in a few hours. ;)
    10 Feb 2013, 07:54 PM Reply Like
  • Peter Moore
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    An i-watch!! Let's not be dismissive. I suggest we-watch!!
    10 Feb 2013, 07:51 PM Reply Like
  • EyeBelieve
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    If I can get vids on my new iWatch, count me in!
    Otherwise, I'm agnostic....
    10 Feb 2013, 07:51 PM Reply Like
  • PACKER man
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    Will buy more AAPL tomorrow (2/11/2013) @ market open!

     

    Stick with AAPL...
    10 Feb 2013, 07:52 PM Reply Like
  • Michael O'Neill
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    Everybody has to read this first from the ex=Apple head of GUI interfaces:

     

    http://bit.ly/UVauS6

     

    Then buy as many cheap Apple share second!
    10 Feb 2013, 08:01 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    Did iPod Nano sales increase after the watch strap accessory was introduced?

     

    Why make a potential iWatch a bluetooth accessory for an iPhone?

     

    Personally I would rather see Apple take on the Google Glass idea and come up with something more integrated and better. Getting the content capability of a larger screen onto a very small portable device is an idea I think many people would find of interest, much more so than another wristwatch concept.
    10 Feb 2013, 08:13 PM Reply Like
  • jpintoctr
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    Great serious article. Thank you
    11 Feb 2013, 05:33 AM Reply Like
  • Joseph Poma
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    Not for nothing, but why is it that multiple people feel it necessary to repost the same link to the article that was mentioned in the original SA post? Just saying.
    10 Feb 2013, 08:49 PM Reply Like
  • jpmj4847
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    AAPL ..Love or hate....I read about the talk of the iWatch ....maybe a year ago... GLW was on my hold list..Kept and added...I think it a good play .... Willow glass...very good play on many( out of my range stocks).jpmj4847
    10 Feb 2013, 09:46 PM Reply Like
  • hahaha48
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    this is so stupid it is not even funny
    How is apple going to leverage anything into an iWatch?
    There is no market for a digital watch and all other digital devices already has a clock.
    Apple is going up against Rolex?
    i'll trade aapl short term and will be careful before next earning

     

    if you want to get into something big try iCar or iPlane

     

    if you want to try something not in the hardware area try iCook
    10 Feb 2013, 10:53 PM Reply Like
  • Michael O'Neill
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    And I guess you were the guy buying Nokia shares 4 years ago, when Apple announced (with any experience) a new phone without a keyboard.

     

    Most commentators thought it would be a flop. They used words just like you "This is stupid" mmmm!

     

    The rest is history.
    11 Feb 2013, 07:32 AM Reply Like
  • Tokamak
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    This idea has been around for some time. A cursory search for patents which include such functionality results in many hits. Also, the problem with products tied to fashion is that they typically are not long lasting.

     

    When considering devices that enhance security, it is typically better to have such devices out of sight---like in your pocket.

     

    Biometric data collection may be a different story. But again, the patent space appears a bit crowded.

     

    Regarding accessing Siri thru a watch---personally, I would feel more than a little dorky talking to my watch. That's just me. I'm dorky enough as it is and need no further enhancement in that area.
    10 Feb 2013, 11:07 PM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    Dick Tracy Returns!!!!
    10 Feb 2013, 11:09 PM Reply Like
  • tom100
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    the idea does not raise my heartbeat one bit; makes me think of a pocket protector kind of thing; also, note that perfectly good watches can be bought for a few bucks; people pay big bucks for the same function if encrusted with diamonds or have other useless features; don't see that happening with an iWatch; idea sounds pretty nerdy even if it does have a lot of handy features. (I own a boatload of Apple products and stock, so am a big fan).
    10 Feb 2013, 11:23 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    Speaking of Rolex, I fondly remember a great line I read in an article, back when the term, "yuppy," was first coined (a million years ago):

     

    "The least important function of a Rolex is telling time."
    10 Feb 2013, 11:33 PM Reply Like
  • hahaha48
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    very true
    actually it does not keep times well at all compare with my atomic watch. it is pure jewel and i wear them at weddings or events that my host may want people to "appear" to be "upper class" to enhance the host's status in the community.
    In my days when I travel to Asia for business I always wear a Carter eyeglass and a dimond bell buckle. That allow me to enter any top entertaining places with a welcome smile. A rolex watch is useless because it is covered by my shirt or suit.
    10 Feb 2013, 11:52 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    "A rolex watch is useless "

     

    is it real or is it Memorex ...
    10 Feb 2013, 11:58 PM Reply Like
  • XRTrader
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    For those talking about wearable computers and google glasses, please note : Last year Apple filed patents for displays that sit over the eye and stream information to the retina.

     

    Clearly AAPL is looking into not only the iWatch, but iGlasses, iTV and a whole bunch of products that will all talk to each other.

     

    Quick! When does the market open so I can buy more Apple Stock!?!?
    11 Feb 2013, 12:17 AM Reply Like
  • NoBrainer101
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    Other than the features you folks have mentioned above, what if the watch contains a smart-chip which integrates to instance payment systems such as train/bus ticket and retails shops/restaurants installed with the scanning device, then the market, not just the watch but also the application and the related services associated to the watch, will be massive.
    11 Feb 2013, 12:42 AM Reply Like
  • Tokamak
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    And the support from payment vendors will be----what? History tells us nada.
    11 Feb 2013, 01:58 PM Reply Like
  • SLOFireDon
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    For those of you that are slow of mind, wit and imagination...try this,

     

    "Siri, I'm lost and injured; tell me the route to the nearest hospital"

     

    "Siri, Call 911!

     

    Try imagining a small hands free mobile device strapped to your wrist that allows directions, phone calls, images taken and given, weather, traffic warnings while on a bicycle etc. etc. VOICE ACTIVATED...Dick Tracy!!
    11 Feb 2013, 12:45 AM Reply Like
  • Tokamak
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    The operative word is "Dick" Tracey.
    11 Feb 2013, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • Eric Dee
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    My aren't you the clever one. NOT!
    11 Feb 2013, 02:37 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    "Help, I've fallen and can't reach my iPhone!"

     

    Sure, they could advertise it on television and market it towards old people. Perhaps get that helpful "Genius" they used in those commercials that aired during the Olympics. Seniors should love it.
    11 Feb 2013, 04:45 PM Reply Like
  • fitness14
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    Depending on the design, functions, and execution.....could be an unforseen huge thing. Imagine 5 different models: boy, girl, man, woman, and the rugged sport model. If they were to become stylish and status symbols.....watch out! Then you could have package deals with a phone an watch along with shared data plans! The sky is the limit.

     

    How about telling Siri on your watch to schedule a meeting on your calendar...send a text via voice dictation.....start your car on a cold winter morning.....play a song....makes notes via voice dictation (available in the cloud later on any of your IOS devices)......the possibilities are endless.

     

    Hands free and voice dictation. Has monstrous potential!
    11 Feb 2013, 02:16 AM Reply Like
  • jpintoctr
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    The previous iPod nano is already a great watch that allow to look at the time with a touch of a button, store and listen to music with headphones, keep photos, etc. Also there are many watch faces toi choose, from fancy to funky. There are dozens of bands to make it cool. As thousands I am also using one since 2010 and is great. Looking forward to the next.
    11 Feb 2013, 05:28 AM Reply Like
  • Pts117
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    I am long aapl with 33% of my portfolio (453 avg price), but i am not buying the whole iWatch story. In today's world watches are more about fashion than functionality - people don't buy a patek philippe because they really want to know the time. At best they can compete in the very very low end watch space (less than 150 USD), but I don't see enough incremental functionality to create a value proposition here. Proponents of the watch act like everybody in the world is wandering around aimlessly in need of a compass - this happens maybe 5 times a year to me, and when it does the iPhone is just fine. Also, why should I pay a couple hundred bucks to get a device which provides weather data to somebody else so that they can sell the information back to me? No thanks...

     

    I am a big AAPL supporter, but I can admit when I see a bad idea.
    11 Feb 2013, 06:49 AM Reply Like
  • pman6
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    I will buy an iWatch only if it can turn back time.

     

    Then I can go back and buy all the stocks that jumped 30% in a day.
    11 Feb 2013, 07:10 AM Reply Like
  • Michael O'Neill
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    Many readers clearly don't the the iWatch at all. All watches now only do one thing - tell the time. Therefore the only reason to buy a Patek, Rolex or any other very expensive watch is to show you are rich. And, many millions of customers do this every year.

     

    The reason to buy an Apple iWatch, is not only to show you are cool, but to show you are smart - to keep you connected.

     

    Like the iPhone, it will sell in many millions. Of this it is very clear. If there is some clever links and interfaces to the iPhone then immediately 300m customers will buy one.

     

    11 Feb 2013, 07:39 AM Reply Like
  • Michael O'Neill
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    Many readers clearly don't get the the iWatch at all. All watches now only do one thing - tell the time. Therefore the only reason to buy a Patek, Rolex or any other very expensive watch is to show you are rich. And, many millions of customers do this every year.

     

    The reason to buy an Apple iWatch, is not only to show you are cool, but to show you are smart - to keep you connected. It is everything - but a watch!

     

    Like the iPhone, it will sell in many millions. Of this it is very clear. If there is some clever links and interfaces to the iPhone then immediately 300m customers will buy one.
    11 Feb 2013, 07:40 AM Reply Like
  • Tokamak
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    May want to substitute won't for don't. How many movie and music stars (cool) do you expect to see wearing it? I doubt we see Beyonce or Rhianna wearing such a thing. That is, unless it can help with lip syncing.
    11 Feb 2013, 02:04 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    It's a bit about fashion, but also about admiring quality. A Kia will get someone from point A to point B just as reliably as a Bentley, but some people choose less common and more expensive vehicles. Swiss watches are about personal luxury, but you are completely wrong about it being a way to flaunt wealth. The average person has no idea about a Patek watch, though they probably heard of Rolex.

     

    Many who never had a smartphone got their first with the iPhone. Early on it was a way to be more conspicuous, but now (in the US) with so many already having an iPhone, it is no longer a big deal at all. To be hip, alternative, or outside the mainstream, one needs to choose something other than an iPhone. Those Samsung ads poking fun at people waiting in line at an Apple Store have made it into everyday conversation and pop culture, because they struck a nerve with some viewers. Obviously diehard Apple fans will rarely ever consider other products, but the sales volume success of Samsung shows there is definitely a market demand for alternatives.

     

    There is a funny concept I hear at times in southern California called the "3 Ferrari Rule". Usually this applies to clothing. If you have a Ferrari cap and (Puma) Ferrari shoes, then you are okay. Once you go to three items with Ferrari on them, then it is tacky and you look like a tool. This little known comedic "rule" can apply to nearly anything; carry or wear three conspicuous Apple items, and most people would look more tacky than impressive.
    11 Feb 2013, 04:58 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    all true but Kias have no resale Bentleys do...
    11 Feb 2013, 05:03 PM Reply Like
  • Eric Dee
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    As a former rep in the consumer electronics and computer software/hardware industry, this is just another product to expand the product line of AAPL. This creative company continues to dominate innovation in it's entertainment/communic... industry. Why don't phone companies/Motorola etc. offer true forward thinking products like the i-watch? Because they have relinquished their hold in the industry... Awfully hard to keep up with AAPL's creative minds... Steve Jobs is alive and well!
    11 Feb 2013, 02:47 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    I would prefer a mood purse for women.....so I know when to keep my mouth shut....{ :-{o->
    11 Feb 2013, 11:15 PM Reply Like
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