Jony Ive may be in charge of the rumored “iWatch” project, but you can’t just make a watch out of glass and–as Ive calls it–aluminium. There will most definitely be some part of the watch that is “clothing” in a sense, because the “iWatch” is, in fact, a clothing accessory. Or is it?
What this “fabric” or “band” part of the watch will actually be is unknown to us. We really have no “reputable sources” to guess from regarding this topic. All we have is the device’s discovered–and real–patent. As shown above, it suggests that the device itself will be the band. There will be no real hardware according to this filing, but is that possible? Or, should I say, is that possible in 2013?
If the watch is more than just a flexible touch screen and battery–which I assume it is– what kind of material will the “fabric” part use? There is one thing that may give us a clue into what this part of the watch will be. There’s only one fabric product that has been officially marketed and sold by Apple–the iPod sock.
An Apple watch would be the first melding of these two concepts; it would be the first hybrid fabric-aluminum-glass device from the company. The iPod sock was not much more than a marketing gimmick–aimed at kids who wanted a quick and fashionable means of protection for their iPod mini.
How does this apply to the purported watch? I have a feeling that the “fabric” or “clothing” part of the device will be no different than the “cases” marketed at kids. Apple will market the watch for its hardware and, on the side, will offer a variety of colors and designs for you to choose from to keep that nifty technology on your arm.
The watch is surely going to be affordable; Apple would be crazy to price it over $200. I think Apple will try and market this device toward the younger generation. After all, isn’t that what they did with the iPod?