The iWatch concepts are cool, and some are very well done, but they don’t seem to address the real problem with smart watches. They’re too damn big.
I’m a pretty big guy, and I’ve got big hands, but my wrists are skinny and bony. There’s no meat there at all. Big watches just don’t work for me - I’d have to wear one halfway up my arm to keep it from sliding around. Not very convenient if I’m wearing long sleeves or a suit.
So when I wear one at all, I wear this cheap Casio. It tells the time, does splits for runs, and I forget its there.
I made a photostream: https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A7GgZLKuJ89d9E
It’s a dinky little cheap & functional MENS watch - and that’s the problem. Women’s wrists are smaller, women’s watches are smaller. People have differently shaped bodies, live in different climates, wear different clothes.
Everyone wants comfortable. Nobody likes an awkward fit. So size really matters, and ultimately I think anything they do in this space has to be 1-size-fits-all if it has a chance of being a blockbuster product.
An iWatch HAS to be designed to be worn *on the wrist* by a wide variety of people.
It has to be small enough that its comfortable. It has to be big enough for the guts and a usable screen. It needs to last days if not weeks without charging. It can’t get hot. It can’t crash. It can’t freeze. It can’t lag.
It has to be at least as good as my Casio, and pretty much the same size.
Apple can certainly do all of that. And I’m sure it’ll look great. But they’re not putting an A5 in there, are they? It won’t have LTE. That’s not going to happen. Not for quite some time at least.
I suspect they’ll do something creative with the strap. Put the battery and some antennas in there. Make it flush with the face, and give it an organic shape. A smooth curve that thickens at the display, but resembles a bracelet more than a watch.
It probably won’t do much more than my Jawbone Era. Notifications, Bluetooth & AirPlay, and a microphone for Siri and phone calls.
That’d be a great product. A disappointment. That’s the goal. Don’t blow it by doing too much too fast.