Apple iWatch is coming any day now, maybe -- or not

OK, so plenty is mysterious about Apple and its plans, or not, for an iWatch.

Apple Insider delves deeper into the murky watch waters with this report about a 16-month-old patent that Apple filed describing its nifty watch.

This is Apple, after all, and everything they do is shrouded in secrecy. By the way, why does everyone care so much about an iWatch? It sounds to me like an iPhone that you wear on your wrist and why would you want to do that?

My colleague Pat May, who covers Apple on a daily (and I do mean daily) basis and I talked about the pros and the cons of the watch in a recent podcast. (The Apple segment is about 2:25 minutes in.) My conclusion: If Apple says people should start wearing watches again, people will start wearing watches again. Also, if the watch is anything like the iPhone, the watch will do everything but tell time.

But anyway, one thing is clear: We are going to be wearing our computers and we’re going to be wearing them sooner rather than later.

There is this watch thing, which is taking on a life of its own. And let’s not forget Google Glass, the goofy looking spectacles that act as a roving display terminal for those who want to not only stop and smell the roses, but look up the whole history of the flower on Wikipedia. Apparently, we’ll all have our chance to look like Google geeks within the next year.

Can you imagine what a mess it’s going to be with people walking around mesmerized by watches on their wrists and glasses on their faces? It’s going to be like three-quarters of the population is on an acid trip.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been wearing the spectacles for what seems like decades. He’s caused such a buzz that just showing up on a New York subway with the specs was enough to launch a social media frenzy.

Interesting, isn’t it, how different Apple and Google are when it comes to sharing its products with the world. Google prefers to give us a little taste, to whet our appetites. Apple prefers to keep things so far under wraps that they themselves must sometimes forget where they’ve put the next new thing.

Anyway, we’ll see the actual iWatch soon enough — when Apple is good and ready.

Mike Cassidy Mike Cassidy (173 Posts)

I write about the culture of Silicon Valley for the San Jose Mercury News.