Co-founder of Apple and technological and engineering mind behind some of its earliest successes, Steve Wozniak, has spoken out on wearables once again, suggesting that at the moment, the technology is a hard sell and that really what he wants to see wearables push is larger displays. While there are problems in that respect due to battery life and hulking around a big screen on your wrist, Wozniak believes this will allow people to ditch their phones altogether, which should be the end goal of wearables really.
Apple is largely expected to be working on its own line of wearables, possibly with blood-less glucose monitoring, which would usher in a huge improvement for diabetics around the world. When asked about the potential launch of an apple smartwatch, Wozniak said (via Cnet): “Apple works very hard to produce exceptionally great products and doesn’t quickly release things like a wearable. So if one is introduced I expect it to have a chance to set the direction and make the product category finally viable.”
This is what led him into discussing the current problems – as he sees them – with the wearable market. While they’re useful, they’re often relegated to a secondary position along with accessories like bluetooth headsets, which is an area that he doesn’t feel wearables deserve to be.
When asked what it was he’d like to see wearable manufacturers add to the next generation – and therefore potentially hinting at what Apple plans to bring to the table – Wozniak said a bigger display was what he’s most interested in: “I personally want a larger screen that can do more of what my iPhone does,” he said. “The small 1.5-inch by 1.5-inch screens don’t hack it for me. If it serves as a speakerphone, the speaker had better be good. My Martian watch is usable for phone calls but not my Galaxy Gear, for this reason.”
This, or the aforementioned blood checking could put an Apple device over the top, as to break into the game at this relatively late stage, would require something that really wows consumers. Of course Apple has technically come late to the game before, with both the iPad and iPhone coming out much later than tablets and smartphones from other companies, but it was their combination of style and function that really drew the crowds in.
Wozniak also suggested that it would be likely Apple would build in some basic health monitoring – glucose aside for now – into any wearables it made, such as a heart rate monitor and pedometer function. He did suggest that it wasn’t something he was particularly interested in – make your own jokes there people – but that it was something he could see consumers making use of.
What do you guys think an Apple wearable will be like? Smartwatch seems like the most obvious choice, but it could be something else entirely.