This iWatch concept is as beautiful as it is impossible

The concept iWatch in the music app, a phone call, the lock screen, homescreen and a fitness app

An Apple smartwatch has been on the horizon for some time, according to various rumours over the past year, but few concepts have grasped Apple's aesthetic as well as this new one from a San Francisco UI designer. Featuring a glass and aluminium body and 'strap' with an interface that will be familiar to iOS users, it may be close to what Apple are working on behind locked doors.

To some extent, the aluminium backing and clasp is impractical, and impossible for a release to the masses, as it would only suit certain wrist sizes. There is no way to adjust, meaning that those with especially small or large arms would struggle to wear this comfortably, if not at all.

Hamilton's initial sketch

Nevertheless, the real innovation comes in the orientation of the display and interface. The UI centers around a lock screen, with the time and a large button to activate siri, and a home screen, where a column of icons appear in a similar fashion to the iPhone. Tapping an icon launches one of many apps that is designed for the tall but incredibly narrow display. 

Todd Hamilton put some emphasis on a use for a smartwatch Apple are sure to exploit. Fitness.

Another concept I thought about was a heath & fitness app. Jawbone, Fitbit, and Nike have already proven the popularity of fitness wearables. I think it’s safe to say that the iWatch will include a similar set of features like sleep and activity tracking.

Similarities to Nike's Fuelband are clear in this concept, however, yet again, a metallic band like this would likely cause some discomfort if worn in bed.

Of course, Apple's real plans remain a mystery, but recent actions, such as opening a factory to manufacture sapphire glass, make it look like there are big things in the works. 

Source: Todd Hamilton

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I would buy that immediately. I think they could actually make this adjustable easy enough but it looks incredibly nice.

why do we keep bringing up the apple watch?.... I am starting to think that apple had an idea, created hype behind the scenes to get others to do it first so they can test the market without making a product...

neufuse said,
why do we keep bringing up the apple watch?.... I am starting to think that apple had an idea, created hype behind the scenes to get others to do it first so they can test the market without making a product...

That would be very Apple... They're never first in a market. I really can't believe this won't just die too...

I've often suspected Apple floated rumors about the iWatch just to troll Samsung into trying to beat them to the market, knowing full well it was a bad idea all along.

Yeah right... Like smaller tablets and bigger screen smartphones! Samsung has a history of trying things out, not everything revolves around fruits!

I kind of like the design, and would rather see a full round screen phone face instead of the watch being just an accessory to an existing phone.

As for the 'clasp' and 'aluminum backing' - this specific concept art may not be feasible, but a slight variation of it would.

Nathan...
There have been a lot of bracelet style watches that are adjustable with hidden inserts. They were far more common back in the 1980s and the bracelet style was marketed more to women; however, something close to this is not 'impossible'.

Of course... I would rather see a WP8.1 watch rather than something from Apple, but I would be impressed if anyone offers an impressive full phone in a watch configuration.

Obviously, a Nokia based design would be durable enough to exist as a watch, and also allow the user to break boards like the bionic man/woman.

It looks beautiful and if Apple does release an iWatch you can bet that it will be beautiful like this.

I have been using a Pebble and it has two issues that Apple must fix for me to buy their product.
1. The battery is unreliable, I think the Pebble is charged but I dies half way through the day
2. The Pebble won't automatically reconnect to my watch the next day, I need to test it and connect if needed.

I want this stuff to 'just work'

Although it does look good and it is from Apple, I will probably buy it anyway :-)

I wear one to work...wealth statement...almost never look at it to tell the time or date :-)....but mmmm....shiny. Actually, professional sales people know dress, which includes certain jewelry are essential for gaining an extra edge. Ever notice how much better people treat you when you're dressed well vs jeans and t-shirt? same thing.

Wouldn't mind a wearable phone like this one day...needs a little more refinement though...oh and holograms !

This surely is not impossible. But beautiful?.. It is beautiful for teenage girls, I suppose, but not so much for others, IMO.

I think these concept makers are good only in thinking over how it will look/function with no thought on how it could be made. There is no place for battery or circuitry to power Siri.

So now we are posting random designers "take" on what they think future Apple products should look like and passing it off as news? This belongs in the back of a sub-forum's sub-forum somewhere.

This doesn't even count as rumor.

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