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(The Inquirer)   Apple's plans to end the Era of the Smartphone by completely ripping off Dick Tracy   (theinquirer.net) divider line 120
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2013-02-11 11:01:01 AM  
Who wears a watch these days?
 
2013-02-11 11:14:09 AM  
Oh my god...it's multiplying.
 
2013-02-11 11:48:07 AM  
If this sells, I'm convinced that appletards would buy a piece of dried dog poop if it had an Apple logo on it.
 
2013-02-11 12:16:26 PM  
more like completely ripping off pebble
 
2013-02-11 12:18:59 PM  
also, i seriously doubt an apple watch would replace the smartphone so much as it would provide a convenient way to interact with the smartphone.
 
2013-02-11 12:37:37 PM  
So you would always be on speaker unless you had a Bluetooth, which would make the whole thing pointless anyway.
 
2013-02-11 12:47:51 PM  
Voice input for everything ever will be SO AWESOME!
 
2013-02-11 12:48:48 PM  

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


I do. Far quicker and easier than pulling out my phone, turning it on, looking at the time(If it's displayed on the lockscreen, or unlocking it and looking at the time), turning it back off and putting it back in my pocket.

I don't want my watch to be a farking phone though. Although, I would like to find a phone as tough as my G-Shocks have been throughout the years.
 
2013-02-11 12:48:57 PM  
Between this news and Motley Fool saying AAPL was oversold, my shares popped $8 today. Thank you, Apple-istas!
 
2013-02-11 12:50:55 PM  
And the iFans will claim that Apple came up with the idea before that Dick Tracy creator.
 
2013-02-11 12:51:26 PM  
Good plan!

i219.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-11 12:52:31 PM  

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


I used to be a fanatic about wearing a watch, so much so that if I forgot to put mine on, I'd turn around and go back home to get it.  Then one day, my battery went dead and I didn't have a chance to run out and get a new one.  After feeling naked for a few days, I got over it and haven't worn one since.  Everybody carries a phone these days, there's no reason to wear a watch unless you're trying to make a fashion statement.
 
2013-02-11 12:52:45 PM  
I'd love to see the prior art disclosures on that patent filing......
 
2013-02-11 12:53:48 PM  

Mikey1969: SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?

I do. Far quicker and easier than pulling out my phone, turning it on, looking at the time(If it's displayed on the lockscreen, or unlocking it and looking at the time), turning it back off and putting it back in my pocket.


Yeah really. You might as well have a pocket watch if you want to do all that. Plus with the way my POS phone eats battery life, I'd be charging my phone every 4 hours, which I almost do anyway.
 
2013-02-11 12:54:28 PM  
In other news, Apple just patented the circle.
 
2013-02-11 12:55:38 PM  
I can't wait to have a 1" x 1" interface. That will be so convenient for reading.
 
2013-02-11 12:55:41 PM  

thomps: more like completely ripping off pebble


Getting mine soon, can't wait. I'm just psyched for the waterproofing, primarily. I fried a couple Sony LiveView watches by forgetting to take them off before showering.
 
2013-02-11 12:56:09 PM  
That's stupid. No one is going to have phone coversations with their wrist. It better be bluetooth capable, and then what's the point of wearing it on your wrist where you can accidently smack it into things and get it wet.
 
2013-02-11 12:57:48 PM  
Why is it called a watch? No one watches a watch. They glance at it. It should be called a glance.

/what's the deal with gornnnnuts?
 
2013-02-11 12:59:04 PM  
Oh look - another unsubstantiated rumor from a tech writer pulling shiat out of the air to improve click rates.

/yawn
//in nine months when an iWatch doesn't materialize it will be all Apple's fault because they can no longer innovate
 
2013-02-11 01:04:35 PM  

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


I do. It's awesome being asked for the time twenty times a day by cow-orkers who don't wear watches and aren't supposed to be fiddling with their phones when customers are around.

I'm looking forward to the day our phones and music players are implanted right in our heads. It might seem revolting at first but it's coming. Might as well get used to it.
 
2013-02-11 01:06:02 PM  
I realize this is more than just a phone but they had wrist watch phones at that Innoventions thing at EPCOT like 15 years ago. There's a reason people aren't walking around with watch phones and it's not because we're not there technologically yet, it's because it's farking stupid. Now this....

www.bikingbis.com

That's convenience.
 
2013-02-11 01:07:58 PM  
cdn.slashgear.com

Step 1: Redesign iPod Nano so it no longer works as a watch.
Step 2: Make a new iWatch.
Step 3: Profit!
 
2013-02-11 01:08:38 PM  
plenty of android watch phones out there.
 
2013-02-11 01:09:07 PM  
And the Iwatch will have different rubber covers to help protect and spiffify your Iwatch.... That sounds familiar....
 
2013-02-11 01:11:18 PM  

HeartBurnKid: [cdn.slashgear.com image 475x500]

Step 1: Redesign iPod Nano so it no longer works as a watch.
Step 2: Make a new iWatch.
Step 3: Profit!


We have a winner!
 
2013-02-11 01:11:49 PM  

Saiga410: And the Iwatch will have different rubber covers to help protect and spiffify your Iwatch.... That sounds familiar....


yep, swatches from the 80s.
 
2013-02-11 01:13:51 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: Everybody carries a phone these days, there's no reason to wear a watch unless you're trying to make a fashion statement.


Yeah, because NObody tries to "make a fashion statement" by whipping out tyheir iPhone27 to show that they bought the new one, even though it is exactly like the iPhone26, except more buttons, less icons, etc...

My watch is handy, portable, always with me, and about a billion times easier to check without letting someone know that I'm actually checking it. It also doesn't have to be plugged in at night, could survive a 5-story drop, is waterproof to 200 M, and never crashes.
 
2013-02-11 01:15:11 PM  

theflatline: plenty of android watch phones out there.


Screw that, cell phone watches have been around for years.

They're pretty big in Japan and to many in Europe (where laws for cell phones and carriers are much lax than here in the US). But don't tell that to anyone who thinks this idea is revolutionary and new.

In all honesty though, I don't know why people need a cell phone watch.... The battery life must be horrid due the size limitations, unless you're looking to wear something Leela's wrist-computer thingy or a Pip-Boy.
 
2013-02-11 01:15:18 PM  

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


I sort of wear a watch:
d2ui3ko1lobjrf.cloudfront.net
 
2013-02-11 01:15:54 PM  

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


I do. Glancing at a wrist watch is faster and easier than dragging out a phone.
 
2013-02-11 01:17:25 PM  
www.macobserver.com
Combine this with Bluetooth and it might be the first Apple product I'd buy. Just as my first smartphone was a big step up on the portability scale from my laptop, this could be the next logical step.
 
2013-02-11 01:17:45 PM  

theflatline: Saiga410: And the Iwatch will have different rubber covers to help protect and spiffify your Iwatch.... That sounds familiar....

yep, swatches from the 80s.


Except you won't be able to afford to wear 4 or 5 of them ata time.
 
2013-02-11 01:18:42 PM  

thomps: more like completely ripping off pebble


Or the Sony Liveview (which I actually own) or the Sony Smart Watch or to a lesser degree one of the old Fossil Bluetooth watches. And I'm sure there are other ones I'm forgetting.

I don't know about the Sony Smart Watch, but the Sony Liveview was an AWESOME concept..... with utterly atrocious implementation. It was cool when it worked, which was for all of 15 minutes - TOPS - at a time. Then it would invariably freeze up. I gave up on it in disgust after a while, then a year later or so I heard about an update for it from Sony.

With hope in my heart I performed the update... and things hadn't gotten much better. Now it went for 30 minutes without freezing up or losing the bluetooth connection and needing to be reset and re-synched with the phone. An improvement, but after a day of wearing it I still wanted to throw it against the wall. I would have thought I might have gotten a lemon, but there were tons of people online having the same experience.

The most frustrating part was the wasted potential... In the brief intervals it worked you could: see the caller ID of the people calling you, read text messages, read emails, check the calendar, control the music player on my phone remotely, start and stop My Tracks GPS recording - among other features. If the thing worked reliably all day it would have been one of my all-time favorite gadgets, and I'd be wearing it right now. Instead, the poor execution just made me furious at Sony.

If the rumors are true, then I *may* possibly be very interested, depending on the details. If Apple does make it, it will likely be expensive and only work with iOS....... but it will also almost certainly NOT have the same fury-inducing stability issues that the Sony P.O.S. Liveview does. If the Apple one works with an Android phone it will be on my short list of gadgets to buy this year...... but the chances of that will be pretty damn slim, from what I know about Apple.
 
2013-02-11 01:19:27 PM  

gingerjet: Oh look - another unsubstantiated rumor from a tech writer pulling shiat out of the air to improve click rates.

/yawn
//in nine months when an iWatch doesn't materialize it will be all Apple's fault because they can no longer innovate


Or when it does come out, you'll be here to tell us how awesome it is.
 
2013-02-11 01:19:28 PM  

Mikey1969: My watch is handy, portable, always with me, and about a billion times easier to check without letting someone know that I'm actually checking it. It also doesn't have to be plugged in at night, could survive a 5-story drop, is waterproof to 200 M, and never crashes.


LOL you wear a plastic watch.
 
2013-02-11 01:20:08 PM  

RexTalionis: SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?

I sort of wear a watch:
[d2ui3ko1lobjrf.cloudfront.net image 630x326]


Are you a prison inmate from the future?
 
2013-02-11 01:20:57 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M


Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.
 
2013-02-11 01:22:10 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Why is it called a watch? No one watches a watch. They glance at it. It should be called a glance.


Lake Trout is neither from a lake nor is a trout.  Discuss.
 
2013-02-11 01:25:22 PM  

poughdrew: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Why is it called a watch? No one watches a watch. They glance at it. It should be called a glance.

Lake Trout is neither from a lake nor is a trout.  Discuss.


Why do they call it fark when everyone here is a virgin?

/Keeps his iphone in a vest pocket, attached with silver chain.
 
2013-02-11 01:25:24 PM  
http://asktog.com/atc/apple-iwatch/

Someone who understands UI design and integration and is an Apple Fellow (ex) and knows what this stuff is all about.

A good (somewhat long) read.
 
2013-02-11 01:26:24 PM  

RexTalionis: Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.


Aquaman has appointments to keep too.
 
2013-02-11 01:27:22 PM  
I would rather have the flying trash cans.
 
2013-02-11 01:28:34 PM  
Seems to me that most people wouldn't really want to wear a watch, but Apple fanboys are a bit ridiculous and probably would end up wearing them.  I really do like my iPhone, and nobody comes close to an iPod for my music needs, but I can't think of anything they could do with a watch that would make me wear it unless it made me supermodel gorgeous, in which case I'd never take it off. But that's about it.
 
2013-02-11 01:28:35 PM  

RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.


You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?
 
2013-02-11 01:30:40 PM  
fark watches.

red5ish: I do. Glancing at a wrist watch is faster and easier than dragging out a phone.



The extra 5 seconds is going to ruin my day!
 
2013-02-11 01:30:52 PM  

Stone Meadow: RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.

You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?


Hey look at the colorful school of fish over by the reef and OH MY GOODNESS LOOK AT THE TIME!
 
2013-02-11 01:37:03 PM  
The article said they've shown interest in wearable computing... they're looking at improved display functionality/battery life. I think that the tech is  pretty much there for a watch. I think they're looking at glasses like Google's Project Glass. I think they could release a watch tomorrow with current tech if they wanted to (and they might) but the true innovation will be glasses. I personally can't wait to get a badass dragonball Z monocle or pair of eye glasses and I'm the type of person who JUST got a smart phone last Christmas.

I think Apple has been trying to throw red herrings talking about TV and watches - I gotta say though, Google is really getting the jump on them by letting app makers beta test their glasses. It might be hard to play catch-up to Google on this.
 
2013-02-11 01:38:07 PM  

crab66: fark watches.

red5ish: I do. Glancing at a wrist watch is faster and easier than dragging out a phone.


The extra 5 seconds is going to ruin my day!


Some of us can do a lot of work in those 5 seconds at our high powered, important jobs with duties that include posting at Drew Curtis' FARK.com during the day.
 
2013-02-11 01:43:52 PM  

poughdrew: Stone Meadow: RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.

You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?

Hey look at the colorful school of fish over by the reef and OH MY GOODNESS LOOK AT THE TIME!


Yeah, now we can go up to the next decompression stop!

/never a problem going up too slowly
//provide you have the air
///wear a watch...carry the card
 
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