I hope not. The more I think about what an iWatch could or would do, the less excited I get about it. Watches were once owned by everyone from middle schoolers to retirees. These days? Not so much.
A watch has two basic purposes. To tell you the time. And to look good while telling you the time. Obviously, the former is more important than the latter.
Yes, I have a few watches but seldom wear them. It’s a generational thing. My iPhone tells me the time and it goes everywhere I go.
There is a whole generation of Apple customers who have grown up without using a watch. They don’t have land line telephones, either.
What can an iWatch bring me that I don’t already have? It’s the time, on my wrist, vs. the time, on my iPhone.
What about alerts, alarms, notifications, and iTunes control? What about a Dick Tracy-like watch that has Siri activation, or a microphone to talk to Siri and get her to perform specific tasks?
If Google Glass users have become glass-holes by looking obnoxiously elite, then how much more so will Apple iWatch users look similarly affected by talking to their wrists?
It’s The Sensor, Stupid!
Allow me to couple my iWatch indifference with a caveat. Sensors. Apple has been hiring biometric sensor engineers for a few years. They’re up to something, and a good place to see what they’ve been working on might be an iWatch with a sensor.
Sensor? Blood pressure. Heart rate. Even blood sugar. All possibilities which would raise the practical value of an iWatch to beyond mere telling time, or sounding off alerts, alarms, and notifications.
That’s the one aspect of wearable technology which has merit. If Apple introduces an iWatch which is merely a more slender, more seamlessly integrated Galaxy Gear-like device, then the masses will shun it in big numbers.
Apple’s iWatch must be different. My iPhone already gives me alerts, alarms, and notifications, but it’s not much on biometric sensors (other than Touch ID). iWatch. iRing. iBracelet. iEarRings. iGlasses. With the right sensors, Apple can make a fashion statement, and provide utility.
A watch that makes noise is what I don’t need.