Mike Elgan slices and dices the myths in the smartwatch revolution in ComputerWorld.
By the time Apple ships its rumored “iWatch” smartwatch, the company will be entering a crowded market. A smartwatch is a wristwatch device that connects to the Internet (directly or via a smartphone) and runs apps.
A market that Apple may or may not be interested in entering, right? So what? The iPod was not the first portable media player. iTunes was not the first music player. The iPhone was not the first smartphone. The iPad was not the first tablet.
What Apple did was improve dramatically in each segment. Elgan goes on to list eight myths about the smartwatch revolution.
- Myth #1: There won’t be a smartwatch revolution.
- Myth #2: Smartwatches will fail because nobody wears watches anymore.
- Myth #3: Smartwatches are for people too lazy to take the phone out of their pockets.
- Myth #4: Smartwatches are bulky.
- Myth #5: Smartwatches are dorky.
- Myth #6: Apple won’t ship a smartwatch until curved glass technology is ready in two years.
- Myth #7: Smartwatches will have to be charged every day.
- Myth #8: Smartwatches are only peripheral devices for smartphones.