An interesting article in Computerworld includes a concept design of the rumored iWatch by graphic designer and marketing specialist Nickolay Lammm of MyVoucherCodes. Interestingly, his concept art for the iPad mini almost exactly predicted its final form.
Lamm's design for the iWatch is based on a spiral interface that Apple originally patented for use with the iPod. It would certainly make an attractive interface, as you can see from the accompanying image. The functions exist in a 3D sphere, and you access them by twisting through that space. The article also goes into detail regarding what we could expect from an iWatch. As I've noted earlier, it's unlikely that it will have all the functionality of a full-fledged smartphone, simply because the form factor wouldn't allow it. So the iWatch would necessarily be a "connected device," meaning it would interact with your iPhone as the basis of its functionality.
Computerworld predicts you could likely use your iWatch to send and receive text and email messages, monitor who's calling, and decide whether you want to answer the call, view reminders, control music and movie playback, find your friends, check the time, and more. The article suggests the iWatch also could be used for FaceTime calls and to access maps and directions, but may be less likely for the first iteration.
The article suggests you'd use your iPhone to manage the apps on your iWatch, which makes sense to me. And it suggests the clock face would be the same as what comes with iOS 6.
Apple’s venture into wearable devices seems inevitable. In fact, a recent AppleInsider article reviews Apple patents throughout the years, revealing how the company has actually developed an entire wearable platform. As with any patent, you never know whether they'll actually develop it. But it's clear Apple has a real vision for wearable computing. I'm hoping we'll see something this year.
Google keeps saying Google Glass — a smart pair of glasses with an integrated display — will arrive within a year, so certainly that will stimulate interest in wearable devices. Google is supposedly going to open a chain of stores specifically so the public can experience Google Glass.