Waiting on the iWatch

More than anything else, I’ll be interested to see what Apple has to say about wearables tomorrow.

Google’s foray into smart watches has been like a public beta trail. Whilst the Moto 360 is undoubtedly the best looking of all the offerings, it’s also the one with the worst battery life, poor performance and intermittent Bluetooth connection. There’s some promising ways it can potentially work with Google Now, but for the moment it just isn’t quite there.

Moto 360
The Moto 360. Looks good, works bad (Source : Android Headlines)

Apple will no doubt apply their own unique engineering and design prowess, but it’s hard to see how they can improve upon the constraints of the current technology. If you consider that your iPhone, which is packed with sensors and high resolution screen, only lasts a day per charge, how much can they improve upon that with something that’s got even less room for battery? Do you really want to be removing your watch and charging it every day like your phone?

Artist impression of what the iWatch band could look like (Source : MacRumours)

Of course, the other option is that it doesn’t have a display at all (much like Fitbit). This actually makes a bit more sense to me as I can’t see Apple wanting to sell you a device which is more or less doing the same job as your iPhone (albeit with massively reduced functionality). Apple is great at selling a lifestyle, so I’d expect an understated designer band packed with all manner of sensors that could work in conjunction with your other Apple devices to provide metrics on health, travel etc. etc.

Whatever happens – it’s going to inject some much needed competition into the race to make smart watches relevant.


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