We are all used to getting information on the go. Like, take a look at the lockscreen of our smartphones, and everything is right there – the time, the date, the number of missed calls and notifications, amount of battery left and many more stuff, it’s always customizable. But then maybe people got bored of the smartphones and wanted something different, so there were other devices which would do exactly what your smartphones do. For example, Google Glasses.
These are wearable smart-devices. There are glasses, so there should be something else too to match with the fashion trends. Afterall, not many like having weight on the top of their noses. So, there are watches. We have already seen Sony come up with their Smart Watch that syncs with your Sony smartphone and gives you access to various features.
It’s time for the big boys to enter the game, and who else than Apple, Google and Samsung could give this tech a kick-start? None of them has officially unveiled any smart-watches, but the rumor mill is filling up, and Apple has the most part of that. Apple’s watch will supposedly be called Apple iWatch. I mean come on, what else can it be even called?
Why Apple? Apple has around 75, or maybe even more than 75 patents on wearable technology right now. So, they can contribute a lot to wearable tech of the future, maybe with the iWatch. So, what could the iWatch be like? Rumors suggest that the iWatch will a strap-on function and Corning has reportedly developed glass that can bend, so maybe Apple could use Corning’s tech to make it’s iWatch, which would be the first new product category after the passing of Steve Jobs. It might even show the world that Apple can still do it without Steve, even though right now it’s shares suggest the contrary.
What the iWatch can do: iWatch could be connected to the user’s iPhone/iPad via Bluetooth and display notifications and information like new emails, texts, caller information, date and time, etc. iWatch will undoubtedly have iOS as it’s basic operating system, maybe just a trimmed down version. Or, it could feature full iOS functionality and be like a smaller version of the iPhone. When the 4th-gen iPod Nano was announced, there were accessories available that allowed you to put the device on your wrist. Also, iWatch can feature NFC and take Apple’s Passbook application to a whole new level. As of now, none of Apple’s products have NFC. So, this could be an ice-breaker. Maybe Apple could throw a Retina Display on the watch too?
These are just speculations of what the iWatch is supposed to be and what it should be. Only time will tell if the companies will disappoint us or surprise us with even ground-breaking technology on their wearable gadgets.
The iWatch is supposed to be announced later this year and go on sale almost immediately, just like most of Apple’s products. Samsung has also stated that it plans to release it’s own smart-watch (Galaxy Watch?) in the coming months.
What do you expect the iWatch to be?