Most Wanted Apple iWatch Features
What do we want from Apple's forthcoming high-tech watch? Plenty.
Even though the company hasn't confirmed it yet, the Apple iWatch is bound to happen someday. With Samsung jumping headfirst into the smartwatch market and various companies playing catch up with their own models, it's only a matter of time before Apple takes the plunge.
When it does, the company needs to have the kind of worthwhile features to make its wearable tech stand out. Sure, a digital display would be awesome, and comfort is obviously a must, but what other features should go into the iWatch to make it successful? We have a few ideas.
The ability to take phone calls
We watched the 1990 Dick Tracy movie enough times to suggest that we want nothing more than to be able to take a phone call without holding something up to our ears. Sure, loud conversations may annoy those around you, like if you're walking through a mall or sitting on the bus, but how cool would it be to take a phone call with the press of an icon, then tap it again to end it? We're all for that.
With the new iWatch, developers could easily put together games that take advantage of the device. Apple supported its electronic devices with a huge array of playable games, and this device would certainly be no exception. We'd even take simple watch-style games that appeared in the 80s, like with Nintendo's StarFox wristwatch game (remember that?) or the classic Game and Watch titles. However, if Apple manages to get Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (http://www.modojo.com/games/ipad/grand-theft-auto-vice-city-ten-year-anniversary) working as well, we'll take it.
Long Battery Life
This is a must. Current iPhone and iPad devices are notorious when it comes to draining a battery quickly, and the iWatch has to last. Being able to track time, weather and other crucial needs are far more important on a watch than another mobile device because it's simply more convenient to turn to your wrist than dig in your pocket. Here's hoping that Apple finds a way to make this work.
This is a given. The iWatch would go around your wrist and be ideal for keeping track of your physical health, whether you're going for a run, putting yourself knee-deep into a workout or just tracking your heart rate in general. There's no question this will be a huge component for Apple's device, providing that it includes some sort of heart-monitoring equipment.
Again, a given, mainly because we don't want to be walking around with a device that looks more like a fat slap bracelet than a watch. Apple should configure its device so it has a sleek, clear touchscreen interface, but one convenient enough that it doesn't take up a whole bunch of space on your arm. It should also come with a decorative band that fits in with the rest of the tech without causing wear and tear, or standing out from your ensemble. It's a small thing compared to the device's ease of use, but still crucial for sales.
Connectivity With Other Devices
Considering that Apple really digs connecting devices to each other via the Cloud or Wi-Fi, the iWatch should be no exception. Connecting quickly to another device enables you to upload new songs to your playlist, check email or transfer other files without having to worry about connecting anything via a long, lanky cord.
Don't get us wrong, Siri works on current iOS devices, but there's no doubt that for the iWatch, it'll need to be reconfigured for ease of use. Let's say you want to find a restaurant. After stating your command to Siri, it should be able to skip right over to the map instead of going through three sub-screens.
Finally, Apple needs to make absolutely sure that it doesn't go nuts when it comes to pricing the iWatch. Sure, it can be costly to put together, but that's no reason to sell it for $499. Instead, something along the lines of $199 sounds about right, maybe a bit more with 3G/4G compatibility and HDD space. Having various models on hand wouldn't hurt either - it worked for the iPhone, right?