Survey Says: 19% of Consumers Would Buy an iWatch; Are You One of Them?

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A few months ago, a technology website in China claimed to have heard from "supply chain sources" that Apple was working on a Bluetooth-enabled smart watch designed by Intel. Unofficially dubbed "iWatch" by the media, this could be Apple's next big push in the mobile market, but if so, will the Cupertino outfit attract enough buyers to make the venture worthwhile?

The answer is a resounding "maybe." While several have scoffed at the idea, a new survey conducted by ChangeWave Research discovered that as much as 19 percent of U.S. consumers may be willing to buy an iWatch device if it becomes available.

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That's based on a survey of 1,713 consumers, of which 5 percent said they're "very likely" to purchase an Apple-branded smart watch. An additional 14 percent said they are "somewhat likely." Before anyone picks apart these numbers, consider that ChangeWave Research ran a similar survey ahead of the original iPad launch and found that 18 percent might be willing to buy an Apple tablet. We all know what happened since then.

"Apple’s track record of delivering ultra-convenient, easy to use products with a perceived ‘cool factor’ is driving pre-release demand for the rumored Apple iWatch,” ChangeWave’s Andy Golub said.

Golub did offer a caveat, saying that if an iWatch does become a real thing, it will have the burden of trying to "live up to super high expectations."
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JohnyDoe replied on Sun, Apr 21 2013 12:21 PM

Ill wait for the more useful and true multitasking Android watch.

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sevags replied on Sun, Apr 21 2013 12:43 PM

No.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Apr 21 2013 4:22 PM

This has to be a joke.

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People still wear watches?

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RiCoFrost replied on Sun, Apr 21 2013 8:43 PM

LOL people will buy anything hehehehe

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realneil replied on Sun, Apr 21 2013 9:53 PM

If it's really, really cool and does a whole heck of a lot, I will ~not~ get it anyways,....LOL!

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Clixxer replied on Sun, Apr 21 2013 11:57 PM

MayhemMatthew:

People still wear watches?

This

I'm sure certain people could use this but if they get this then they most likely have a phone in their pocket that can do so much more. If the picture above represents anywhere close to the size then I wouldn't get it for the fact its to big and with it being small it becomes pretty useless. 

 

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Johnny3D replied on Mon, Apr 22 2013 2:50 AM

I don't buy any Apple products. Every Apple product out there exists in a walled garden state and that just isn't how I operate. Beyond that, Apple always prices their products well above their actual value.

I would wait until there is a better device produced by a company that isn't Apple.

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Versifier replied on Mon, Apr 22 2013 6:36 AM

Not a chance!

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phenom2 replied on Mon, Apr 22 2013 7:34 AM

iwatch? No of course! I don't like apple products.....and....in a previous contest I won a china watch with dual sim phone. People watched me really bad when I talk with it on the phone! lol!

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Rahm_Lavon replied on Mon, Apr 22 2013 10:25 AM

Since the days of *** Tracey, people have fantasized about a watch with phone capabilities.
While we are on the verge of making this come true, we must also consider if we really want to talk to our watches.

While I don't know if phenom2 was watched out of envy or curiosity, it's a normal reaction to look at people behaving in ways that don't fit the social norm.

A watch is convenient as it means we don't have to pull out a phone from our pocket. If we coupled it with a technology like a bluetooth earpiece/microphone, then I can definitely see a market. However, talking to my wrist-phone is not something I'd like to do - mostly for ergonomics and privacy reasons.

Just my two cents...

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eunoia replied on Mon, Apr 22 2013 5:00 PM

Rahm_Lavon:

Since the days of *** Tracey, people have fantasized about a watch with phone capabilities.

While we are on the verge of making this come true, we must also consider if we really want to talk to our watches.

Still better than talking into your shoe.

(Also, lol at ***ing out Richard's nickname.)

...pending.

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