So the reports of a 1.8 inch screen Nano continue this week. If you can imagine how small a 1.8 inch screen, measured diagonally, device is, you’ll note that it is pretty much the same size as a modern wristwatch. Apple, known for its ultra thin and light products, isn’t going to have a lot of weight around the outside of this product. It is pretty much going to be screen, battery, System on Chip and some way to charge it. Dick Tracey time!
I’m not saying Apple is or isn’t going to release an iWatch. I’m just saying that if Apple does release a 1.8-inch iPod nano touch screen device, all of the kids are going to be ‘harnessing’ them on their wrists. It is the natural way to use a device like this. Think about it. Why do people wear watches on their wrists? It makes sense. Don’t fight it. Apple’s founders haven’t.
In fact, people are already wearing their heavier iPod touch and current iPod nanos on their arms, Is it that hard to imagine the device sliding down another foot?
People at the gym or jogging around town schweaty are going to be rocking these too with its Nike+ skills and pedometer. The kids mentioned before are going to be wearing them like kids of my generation wore Swatch watches. They’ll carry pictures, video, movies, a calendar, a contact database and a bunch of other stuff.
It will also server as a 8GB USB stick for sneaker-netting files around with you. It will have FM radio too. Maybe even a camera of some sort, but doubtful. It will cost under $100 or it will be a tough sell.
Maybe Apple finally gets around to doing some wireless work on these things, providing Bluetooth headsets and bluetooth synching, and the prerequisite Facebook integration? OK, that may be overstepping my speculative bounds.
All I am really saying is that if Apple builds a 1.8-inch Nano with a touch screen interface, peeps are going to be putting them on their wrist.