On Apple’s Rumored Smart Watch
Worth noting that the Apple Smart Watch rumors have hit large, mainstream media, specifically the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
I’d be all over a device of this nature (as would long-time reader Rob based on our back and forth comments). My iPhone is with me all the time, but a watch would fix that “last twelve inches” of reaching into a pocket to pull out an iPhone to do the most basic of things like check email, messages, etc. It would also be super useful as an exercise companion.
Also, former Apple employee Bruch Tognazzini mentions an Apple Smart Watch with NFC for payment. Many have assumed that NFC would make its way to an iPhone, but perhaps it would be an easier sell in a Smart Watch. It would be far easier to “swipe” something on your wrist vs. pull an iPhone proper out one’s pocket. I’d love to use my iPhone or Smart Watch for payments, as it would cut down the number of cards being carried, and hopefully paper receipts.
And “easier sell” is an inherent aspect of the Smart Watch itself. Most of us are totally used to wearing a watch and would think nothing odd of it (or someone glancing at their wrist occasionally), versus Google Glass which sound like pushing the envelope too far – either you don’t wear glasses today (raised hand) or would feel self-concious wearing one, or you’d think odd things about people who have a monitor strapped to their heads. Google Glass may be too invasive, while a tiny monitor strapped to someone’s wrist may hit the sweet spot between cutting edge and early-adopter douchebaggery.
Anyhow, I hope the mainstream articles indicate some truth to these rumors, and I hope this product exists and comes to fruition. It’s past time for Apple to make a bold step with a totally new product and a Smart Watch would fit the bill.