Excitement ahead of Apple's event today has reached fever pitch. Leaks galore have already provided a fairly good view of the potential new iPhones, but less is known about Apple's entry into the wearables market. The iWatch, as it's being called, could be more than just a fancy accessory for smartphones.
Let's face it: So far all the smartwatches to reach the market are tiny, crippled smartphones. Some might call them "not-so-smart watches." Even the best of them do little more than offer alerts, play music, track fitness, and patch through voice calls. Some run third-party apps, but that's not enough to distract people from the fact that the majority of smartwatches are large and clunky. The Moto 360, which went on sale last week, was widely anticipated by many. It's a shame the early reviews called out so many flaws and weaknesses of both the device and its software (Google's Android Wear platform).
While Apple has given away many of the new iPhone secrets, it has played the iWatch very close to the vest. Few outside of Apple know what it looks like or what it can do, which has led to wild speculation about its features.
Eric is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies. View Full Bio