Top Tech Stories: Smartwatches
Smartwatches are another one of the top tech stories to watch in 2014. Anticipation for this wearable technology has been building, and I suspect it will either boom or bust next year. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, the first of the big smartwatch releases, was a dud — or, as BGR terms it: “an epic flop.”
We’re waiting for smartwatch releases from Google, Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple in 2014. Apple is generating a lot of anticipation in particular, because the company has a history of nailing consumer electronics through design, function and marketing. Smartwatches are paired with smartphones, and Apple doesn’t have to deal with Google’s fragmentation or Microsoft’s small user base issues.
Apple has the ability to design an ‘iWatch’ that’s visually complementary to its iPhones. It can count on the vast majority of existing iPhone users running the latest version of iOS7 (so compatibility won’t de-rail adoption). Plus, iPhone owners skew higher in disposable income, and AAPL has its Apple Stores — the top performing retail stores in the U.S. — to show off new gear. Hit or miss, smartwatches can’t avoid being one of the top tech stories next year.