Would you prefer a tethered or an untethered iWatch?

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richardya

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My big question with the Apple Watch is if it will be tethered to the phone or a stand alone device. I don't see most people using the watch as a phone, gaming device, video player or browser . In my opinion it will have two main attributes. The 2nd wont work without your phone nearby.
1) The designer will make it a really neat looking device that will look attractive
2) Display "some" information for when you are at the gym, in your car, phone is on desk
The ancillary uses will be watch apps:
3)Weather widget, fitness, stock ticker, music

If it is not a stand alone device they only to put a blue tooth antenna in the device and they can save on the Wifi and cellular antenna. They will also not have to deal with carriers, and save battery drainage.

The argument the other way (That it will be stand alone) is that a primary use will be to help you when you don't want to carry your phone, ie when you go on a run.


PS. They will not call it the iWatch, too many iThisiThat jokes.
 

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That's a good question. I thought about this before and I really don't want another calling or data plan, so tethered to the phone would be optimal, but still have some functionality as a stand alone device. (Like watch, memo, simple stuff that when the phone gets in range, it would sync and clear from the watch.


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iphonewarrior

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Thread title edited.

I'd much rather have a standalone device, which obviously connects to your phone for greater functionailty. Bluetooth would probably be a better idea, as for pushing updates that could probably done OTA via an app on another iDevice.

I'm hoping they include some informative widgets i.e live weather (location info pushed via A-GPS on iPhone etc), that'd be cool. Along with quick access to recent emails and/or texts. Are we thinking Siri's going to play a part here?

Apple may even put a gb or two of space on, which you could use for photostreams and music?

I'm really looking forward to whatever it is that they create. I'm definitely buying one...
 

Hawk

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Ipw, do you really want something that small to read text on? I mean, otherwise it's gonna be huge.
FaceTime on it would be nice, but I can see it being good for a whole lot more.


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liberated

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Ipw, do you really want something that small to read text on? I mean, otherwise it's gonna be huge.
FaceTime on it would be nice, but I can see it being good for a whole lot more.


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Biometric scanning properties would be nice.
 

Europa

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Biometric scanning properties would be nice.
Meh. I don't need gimmicky things like an iWatch or biometric scanning right now. I wish Apple would just focus on adding basic features to iOS, such as in-app texting and settings toggles since we have to wait so long for jailbreaks these days.
 

iphonewarrior

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Ipw, do you really want something that small to read text on? I mean, otherwise it's gonna be huge.
FaceTime on it would be nice, but I can see it being good for a whole lot more.
That would be a little awkward having a camera strapped to your wrist, surely? You wouldn't be able to see the caller very well? I don't think they're going to make the screen small, I think it's going to be a medium sized watch. Well at least I hope they do.


Thanks, that was seriously killing me.
You're welcome :)
 

liberated

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Meh. I don't need gimmicky things like an iWatch or biometric scanning right now. I wish Apple would just focus on adding basic features to iOS, such as in-app texting and settings toggles since we have to wait so long for jailbreaks these days.
You mean the most advanced mobile OS doesn't have those basic features? :D (running away) lol ! Just kidding! Hahaha
 

Hinezy

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I'm thinking Apple will use a new system similar to AirPlay for communication with our iPhones and iPads. They'll claim it offers better battery life than Bluetooth connectivity. Im hoping for a release this year, I'd get it for sure if its in the $100-$200 range.


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