Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2014: Year of the iWatch?

We are now several weeks into 2014, and the rumor mill is hot with iWatch and iPhone 6 reports ranging from the iPhone 6 coming in two sizes to the iWatch featuring heart-rate monitoring technology. With all these thrilling rumors, I thought I would try to give some clarity as to what I predict the iWatch will function as. I feel it's important to be realistic about the first-generation of the device, while also realizing it will need to have some key features to appeal to a wide variety of consumers, and not just the hardcore Apple fanboys. Before the iPad's announcement in 2010, rumors had ran rampant about the tablet and when it finally arrived, people initially criticized it as being a bigger iPod touch. Needless to say, it ended up being one of the most successful product launches in history. Only time will tell if the same will be true for the mystical iWatch.

What features do I consider essential for the iWatch? 

  • SMS/iMessage Notifications- The ability to send/receive SMS/iMessages after receiving a notification on the watch would be an obvious feature that I surely hope Apple wouldn't leave out. 

  • Siri- Having Siri would be great for looking something up when taking your phone out of your pocket just may not be ideal. It would also be the only logical way to interact with the device.

  • Phone capabilities when paired with iPhone

  • Apps optimized for iWatch 

  • "Healthbook" (some sort of native health-monitoring features would be great)

  • Not tied to just the new iPhone 6 (I would hope Apple would allow it to be paired with any device running iOS 7, or at least iPhone 5 & later) 

PRICE Knowing Apple's history, I would say the iWatch will cost no less than $299. I would be pleasantly surprised if I'm wrong, but for a new product such as this, there's no way it'll be cheap. 

LAUNCH DATE At this point, there is obviously no solid launch date info given Apple's highly secretive nature. I would predict it's entirely possible we could get our first glimpse at the device during WWDC in June, with an actual release date sometime later this Fall. 

I hope this gave you a better idea of what to expect from Apple's highly-anticipated iWatch! Stay tuned for more posts in the coming months as we get closer to a possible announcement from Apple. 

Thanks for reading! 

-TJ Volcheck 
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