The great gadget war of our times looks set to enter a new battlefield as Apple, Google and Samsung are rumoured to be developing a wristwatch.
It was revealed this week by Forbes that Apple have applied to register ‘iWatch’ as a trademark in Japan, the surest sign yet that the technology giants view ‘wearable computing’ as the ideal frontier for their first new product of the post Steve Jobs era.
Meanwhile, the Times has reported that Samsung – which has made serious inroads into Apple’s share of the world smartphone market in the past year – is working on a watch, while last month the Wall Street Journal reported that Google are also lining up a bid to take your wrist into a brave new world.
But for most consumers, it is the thought of the company who first revolutionised the personal stereo and then home computing attempting to reinvent the humble timepiece that will be most exciting – or intriguing, at least.
Check out the gallery above for the various mock-ups out there of what the 'iWatch' could look like.
Meanwhile, here's our wish list for what it might actually be able do:
- 1 Direct you to whichever restaurant your girlfriend is sat in waiting for you (without accidentally sending you down a dead end street)
- 2 The ability to set the time/date without autocorrect putting you sometime in the 17th century
- 3 A battery life that lasts longer than half a day (imagine it)
- 4 Buttons you can works easily (even with fingers bigger than a 3-year-old)
5 A fully customisable clock face, so we can switch between a Rolex look for important meetings, a G-Shock for football at the weekends and a Patek Philippe vibe for the next time we’re invited to a party.
Hey, a man can dream.