It’s 2013, When Will A Mainstream Smartwatch Finally Arrive?

The Loop was impressed with all the “amazing” sound, CNET had complaints about limited battery lifetime, and also The Independent said the chip was “lightning-fast. “Apple has not altered the design of the Apple Watch since its 2015 introduction, and so that the Apple Watch Series 3 is almost equal to the Apple Watch Series 2. It has a rounded, rectangular body that is able to snap into an array of interchangeable rings thanks to built-in lugs. At the front, there’s a little Retina HD touchscreen display, and in the side, there is a Digital Crown that may be employed to control much of the interface and a side button which brings up an app dock. Apple Watch Series 3 comes in 2 sizes, 38mm and 42mm, to fit an assortment of distinct wrists, and Apple also makes it available in a number of different casing materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, and ceramictiles There are two new casing options for 2017: aluminium in a new shade of gold that is a little wider compared to the previous gold color and ceramic in a deep grey to accompany the present white porcelain model.At the base of the Apple Watch, there is a ceramic backing with four built in sapphire-covered sensors that measure heart rate using green light technologies that tracks the pace of blood flow beneath the skin. About the Apple Watch Series 3 models, the only external distinction is connected to the ceramic financing as well as the sensors. The back crystal that houses the sensors was expanded by 0.25mm to make room for further cellular components. Most consumers are not likely to observe the small size difference when compared with Series 1 and Series 2 models.

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I am writing this article in July of 2013, amidst almost daily updates from around the web of opinions, news and rumors about smartwatches. The real question everyone is trying to answer is “when will a smartwatch (i.e. wearable computing product) that I want to wear be available?” No one has an answer yet. The smartwatch is here. It has been here for decades. We are simply waiting for a modern evolution of what people have loved for 100 years – wearable gadgets.

Designers from Apple Watch 9gag have e-mailed me with questions about mechanical watches that they want to buy for themselves. None of them have said, “just you wait until we release what we’ve been working on.” In my opinion the people at Apple who are working on the iWatch aren’t part of the typical group of designers and programmers. Rather, Apple is relying on as much outside help as possible. They did this when they released the iPhone and the original iPod, and again as they embark on the design of something not yet proven, they will seek outside expertise. Nothing wrong with that. Even though most technologists are pretty sure Apple is working on an iWatch or other wearable computing device, no one has any idea when we might see one. In my opinion it won’t be anytime soon. Apple for one cannot afford to release a half-baked product. And “half-baked” is probably the most accurate word to describe most of the modern smartwatches out there right now.

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Instead, Apple (and its colleagues) are working on developing the future. They are working on the features, design, and functionality that an eventual iWatch, and all other smartwatches, will come standard with. They are attempting to develop the core user experience that is the major answer to the question so many people have of “what will a smartwatch do for me that my phone doesn’t already do for me?” The real answer is that it doesn’t actually need to do anything more, so long as it does so equally as well or maybe even a bit better.

Why People Want Smartwatches

History has proven that people like to slim-down their daily carrying load, and prefer convenience to utility in many instances. Sales of personal computers are down not because people are not computing, but rather because most people don’t need all the functions that a ‘real’ computer can offer. Most people have a computer at work, and use their own computer to check e-mail, browse the net, and watch media. Most people these day’s aren’t engaged in serious desktop publishing or gaming from home. The PC is on the decline because for many people, their smartphone or tablet does everything that they need. Traveling professionals who work for themselves (e.g. bloggers) are the types of people who need computers. So while phones and tablets offer much less functionality than a full-fledged PC, people prefer them because they are smaller, simpler, and in many instances cheaper.

The same thing could easily happen with phones. Even though phone sizes are increasing because people want larger screens, they are still an extra item that people need to carry around with them. In my view of the future, tablets replace phones offering a solid mix between actual computers and a small size, and wearable computers such as smartwatches replace phones. You don’t need extra pocket space, and they are on you at all times. Hard to make phone calls with a watch? All I need to say is that given how much people text and e-mail in relation to calling, I don’t think it will be much of a problem. There are headsets for that, etc…

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Ahead of Apple’s September event, some matters about the high-end iPhone X remained a mystery despite a lot of pre-event rumors concerning the $1,000-plus smartphone. On the flip side, the Apple Watch Series 3 demonstrated entirely predictable–we knew its distinctive feature could be standalone LTE service.Wearables using LTE connectivity are not new, but the feature is new to the Apple Watch. Therefore that the move still marks a huge update to an Apple device that’s been around for over three decades. And it’s a big gamble for Apple considering other wearable manufacturers have attempted (and mostly failed) to earn a good mobile wearable experience.The Apple Watch Series 3 finally comes in two types of models: with LTE and with no LTE. I’ve spent just about a week with a Series 3 with LTE, and I’ve gotten glimpses of what it feels like to be completely free of my iPhone. However, there were some issues for those of us who first analyzed the device, so I am also quite familiar with what it feels like to be totally alone when wearable LTE fails.The Apple Watch Series 3 feels and looks almost identical to the Series 2. Besides becoming ever-so-slightly thicker, the Series 3 does not deviate far from the prior model. The only noticeable visual difference is that the red dot on the Digital Crown that people who purchased an LTE model might need to endure. Every untethered Series 3 model now has the equivalent of a little red nose on its right edge, and it’s only there to signify that a LTE-connected device. I really don’t represent all sorts of Apple Watch consumers, but I really don’t think many folks would forget they paid $399 for a little iPhone in their wrists.

My point is that the allure of the smartwatch is directly related to the allure of the next wave of personal computing, which we like to refer to as wearable computing. People are hungry for this. People are sick of lugging around one or more phones, and people want to feel less tethered to devices and more mobile. Phones are portable for sure, but they are alienating. Spend time on your phone, and no matter where you are you are isolated from what is going on. Just look at all the people on the street who are walking blindly with their faces in their phones, and drivers who look down at a phone in their lap each time they reach a stop light. The phone is still a screen you are stuck to, and people are hungry for a new sense of freedom.

I don’t know exactly what people expect with devices like smartwatches and Google Glass, but the idea seems to be that your connected device will more easily integrate into your life. Google Glass offers the promise of being ‘connected’ while engaging socially. Smartwatches offer a similar promise. The idea that you can have Facebook and still less items in your pockets or purse. In a sense, one reason people want smartwatches so badly is that they want both of their hands free again. It doesn’t even matter to most people how they will interact with a smartwatch – they assume Apple, Google, and Microsoft will figure that out for them – they crave being able to further simplify their need to constantly be connected with their need to be mobile. Wearable computing devices are the clear answer.

What About The Smartwatches We Already Have?

The smartwatch was arguably invented in the 1980s, depending on how you define it. The 1980s was a time in the watch industry called the “quartz revolution” (or crisis if you were a mechanical watch maker). Electronic watches became cheap and ubiquitous, a move furthered by the Japanese. The Japanese wanted more than anyone to have smart watches, and they created watches with radios, television remotes, calculators, and other functions of questionable utility. It didn’t matter. Japanese watch makers like Casio, Seiko, and Citizen were on a mission to make the electronic quartz watch THE gadget of the 20th century.