How will Apple iWatch will be different?
I think many are expecting the new Apple iWatch to copy and perhaps enhance existing Android watch devices (Samsung, Sony, & more). I actually think the global pressure Apple is under (from Android mobile domination) will force Apple to create a more innovative device. How? Personally I believe they will stretch their innovation mussel in two ways: design and integration. Design – Apple will go way out to make this device the coolest thing on the market. Integration – Apple’s key strength has always been the cross integration between their devices. The combined power of iMac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV is much greater than those independent devices separately. I believe they will play this strength also to lift sales of their other devices. How successful will they be? That remains to be seen. I believe they will wait till they can release a product good enough to shift the market in their favour.
Three ways Apple iWatch will change the world
1. Redefine the meaning of mobile device
Think of watch as a format, not the purpose of a iWatch. I think the trick is how much can they make the iWatch work like an iPhone. What interface options beside swipe can they provide without a keyboard? Google Glass has the same challenge. My bet is on voice control. Sirie will get an upgrade. I fully expect the device to be able to do Facetime and other current features. But I also hope the iWatch will create a demand for a new generation of voice-activated apps.
2. A new level of device integration
In addition to the expected integration (e.g. iWatch showing weather info, upcoming meetings, and Facetime calls), I believe we should expect a new level of integration with other devices at home and workplace. Why? Because the watch is on your hand typically touching your skin. This opens up opportunities to a whole new range of uses and integrations, especially as it relates to health (e.g. continuos heart monitor). I also think there is so much connected hardware now on the market (e.g. smart light bulbs) that we can see a much higher level of integration in the home or workplace.
3. Revolutionize the tiny screen
It’s ironic. Our information needs continue to grow but our screens are shrinking. I actually think the biggest challenge Apple has is shrinking their interface. Any kind of innovation does not already have a high level of user expectation. Unfortunately, we still want high level of functionality from any new device regardless of screen size, or we will not use it. Ironically, they have been increasing their screen resolution on iPhone, iPad, and even the Nano. I’m eager to see how they will tackle this problem because I really don’t have any insights here.