Over the weekend, the New York Times published a rumor-heavy story about Apple's prospective smart watch:
...Apple is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass...Such a watch would operate on Apple’s iOS platform, two people said, and stand apart from competitors based on the company’s understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body.
Apple declined to comment on its plans. But the exploration of such a watch leaves open lots of exciting questions: If the company does release such a product, what would it look like? Would it include Siri, the voice assistant? Would it have a version of Apple’s map software, offering real-time directions to people walking down the street? Could it receive text messages? Could it monitor a user’s health or daily activity? How much will it cost?
The Wall Street Journal, which has been Apple's unofficial pet newspaper for the last couple of years, quickly followed with its own story about the Apple smart watch. We can assume that Apple has been working on this device for a while. But Apple works on a lot of different devices all the time, and most of those devices never make it to market. This story probably wouldn't have leaked unless Apple was serious about breaking into the smart watch market. The question is whether wearable computers, like Google glasses and Pebble watches, will be the next big thing. Apple could popularize and redefine the smart watch market the way it changed the smart phone market and jump-started the tablet market. Or it could be a huge bust. What do you think? Are you looking forward to a smart watch?