iWant an iWatch

The most interesting iPod announced at the recent Apple event is the iPod nano with the square multitouch screen.  While the new shuffle resembles a previous generation, we have never had a touchscreen iPod in that form factor.  Steve Jobs even remarked that a colleague has plans to wear one on a wristband.  Running the built-in clock app, this essentially is an "iWatch".

Incipio has even announced a case+strap combination called the Linq.  More than just a wrist strap that the nano would clip on to, the Linq provides rubberized protection around the nano and looks like a winner.

Incipio Linq

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However, as the resident skeptic, I always have a wish list.  I would love to see an induction charger, like PowerMat offers. I have used the PowerMat for my iPhone 3G and Nintendo DS and it makes charging a breeze... just drop it in place.  (I'm still waiting for an iPhone 4 version!)  With an "iWatch", which would be removed daily and need to be charged often, PowerMat integration and a Linq case/strap would be a great combination.

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I would also like to see the opportunity for apps on the new iPod nano.  I know the small screen makes it somewhat impractical, but that is also an opportunity for a new breed of nano-sized apps.  I had an original Mac in 1984 and back then Steve Jobs praised the limited 128K RAM as it encouraged developers to write good compact code!  As a developer, I think I'm up to the challenge!  With a little more hardware (WiFi, a speaker/microphone and/or Bluetooth), perhaps a future iPod nano will be able to make VoIP-based FaceTime calls over WiFi and display the viewer like Dick Tracy's watch!  Of course, without a camera, the video would be one-way, but it would be pretty cool.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.