1. James Falconer's Avatar
    We've been hearing for some time that users (well some, anyway) have wanted a ROUND display on their Apple Watch.

    Do you think a) that'll ever happen? and b) if a round variant was available, would you buy it?
    04-18-2017 11:01 AM
  2. doogald's Avatar
    We've been hearing for some time that users (well some, anyway) have wanted a ROUND display on their Apple Watch.

    Do you think a) that'll ever happen?
    With Apple, anything can happen, but I think that they have been pretty clear in the past that it is their belief that information is most efficiently displayed on a rectangular display. So, I won't be surprised either way.

    b) if a round variant was available, would you buy it?
    If a round variant was available with AW2, I would have considered it, and may probably have bought it. At this point, though, I won't consider another Apple Watch until this one no longer works, it is no longer supported by whatever version of iOS I am using, or the battery life doesn't get me through a full day. I'm the type to try to buy high end when it's available and hold it for as long as possible.
    04-18-2017 11:25 AM
  3. eyecrispy's Avatar
    I would definitely consider a round watch. Aren't watches historically round?
    04-18-2017 01:50 PM
  4. James Falconer's Avatar
    @eyecrispy - well yes, yes, I think you're right! :P
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    04-18-2017 01:58 PM
  5. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Here's the way I see it. A timepiece should be round, like a standard clock. A smart watch, is better off with a more rectangular design for information display.
    Not Quite Right likes this.
    04-18-2017 02:00 PM
  6. James Falconer's Avatar
    @metllicamilitia - that's a great point. The form serves the function.
    04-18-2017 02:16 PM
  7. Mac Guy's Avatar
    We've been hearing for some time that users (well some, anyway) have wanted a ROUND display on their Apple Watch.
    Me! Me! I want a round AW, and with the option of a SQUARE display! :rofl:


    a) that'll ever happen?
    I'm very sure Apple has already prototyped one or more before the AW ever saw daylight. (Anybody for a solar power augmented AW?) Apple knows prototypes and they're not afraid to make them.

    While rectangle is a more efficient way of displaying data, it would be very narrow minded to believe a round watch couldn't be a acceptable option for a lot of users.

    I'd venture that it will be awhile before Apple tries to market a round Watch, but I won't put money on it. So far, none of the competitors round watches have any semblance of elegance, to my eye. Some are nice looking, but not elegant. That's historically been an Apple hallmark of just about every Apple product. (Yes, they've had some misses.)

    Those round watches seem to sell well enough, so they must offer some value.

    b) if a round variant was available, would you buy it?
    It's tough to commit, sight unseen. I'd need copious quantities of excessive disposable, flushable income to do so at this point. But I'd absolutely consider it. I want a round AW and would be largely predisposed to getting one.

    BUT— I'd much rather see some beautiful, elegant rectangular Watch faces before seeing a round Watch.
    04-18-2017 04:54 PM
  8. mumfoau's Avatar
    Though the square display has grown on me, I would definitely support a round display if asked for my opinion!
    04-18-2017 05:09 PM
  9. Tartarus's Avatar
    I love the current shape of the Watch but I am not anti-round shape.
    If the new watch warrants an upgrade, I'd buy it without hesitation about the shape.
    04-19-2017 11:07 AM
  10. StraightlineBoy's Avatar
    Here's the way I see it. A timepiece should be round, like a standard clock. A smart watch, is better off with a more rectangular design for information display.
    I agree with this viewpoint.

    I prefer round watch faces but when I look at the info on display on my AW face (time, date, activity rings, weather (as text), I'm not sure it would all fit on a round face without the display being like having a dinner plate on my wrist. If Apple sprung a round AW on us there'd have to be MANY other improvements for me to buy one.

    That said I don't think we'll see a round AW any time soon. I doubt it's worth the effort for the return it would bring. For the time being there's plenty that can be done with current shape that would have current users upgrade and attract new users as well
    04-19-2017 02:29 PM
  11. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    Here's the way I see it. A timepiece should be round, like a standard clock. A smart watch, is better off with a more rectangular design for information display.
    Same reasoning we don't have "round" smart phones ...
    mrkeynes likes this.
    04-20-2017 08:26 AM
  12. Mac Guy's Avatar
    Same reasoning we don't have "round" smart phones ...
    LOL, no not really.
    04-20-2017 09:27 PM
  13. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    Round, square, triangle, octagon.....matters not to me. As long as it just works.
    04-26-2017 03:11 PM
  14. James Falconer's Avatar
    @Lee_Bo - Octagon? That's it, I'm getting you an octagon shaped watch. :P
    mrkeynes likes this.
    04-26-2017 03:55 PM
  15. tcuprof's Avatar
    Here's the way I see it. A timepiece should be round, like a standard clock. A smart watch, is better off with a more rectangular design for information display.
    To me, saying a watch should be round is like saying a TV should be square (or 4:3 to be precise). It's a digital world.
    rangerdeyo, mrkeynes and opiapr like this.
    04-26-2017 04:00 PM
  16. rangerdeyo's Avatar
    To me, saying a watch should be round is like saying a TV should be square (or 4:3 to be precise). It's a digital world.
    Amen!!!

    That being said, I wouldnt be opposed to a round option.
    opiapr likes this.
    04-26-2017 04:03 PM
  17. doogald's Avatar
    It is interesting that some stock AW apps - the Activity app (rings), the weather app - display data in a circular form. I almost wonder if Apple was testing a round version at some point.
    mrkeynes likes this.
    04-26-2017 04:34 PM
  18. DFormenobel's Avatar
    Round watches are meh to me. I can understand the admiration for the craftsmanship of the luxury modern mechanical watches, but it's not my thing.
    As far as I'm concerned watches are only round because they are descended from medieval tech mechanized sundials. Round smartwatches remind me of quartz clocks with a pendulum, or one of those early automobiles wit a fake horse head attached to the front.
    opiapr likes this.
    04-26-2017 04:41 PM
  19. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    @Lee_Bo - Octagon? That's it, I'm getting you an octagon shaped watch. :P
    I'd prefer a pentagon shaped one for my seance.
    04-26-2017 04:42 PM
  20. mrkeynes's Avatar
    Hmm a round Watch would be interesting
    But the rectangular Apple Watch has definitely grown on me. I might not buy a round Apple Watch unless it's beautiful, but Apple usually make beautiful products, so I'd have to see it in order to decide
    04-26-2017 05:42 PM
  21. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    To me, saying a watch should be round is like saying a TV should be square (or 4:3 to be precise). It's a digital world.
    Just a timepiece, standard watch is best suited a round device to mimic the clock which it is and uses a series of (round) gears to move the hands. It makes sense for a standard watch to be round. I believe smart watches shouldn't be round for the sole purpose that a round Watch face on a smart watch reduces the amount of the information that you can easily see. Rectangular may not be the most popular, however it matches the shape of an arm better while giving you more screen real estate and more information at once.
    tcuprof likes this.
    04-26-2017 06:32 PM
  22. opiapr's Avatar
    I would definitely consider a round watch. Aren't watches historically round?
    They have also been historically dumb. Why do a smarwatch limit itself so that it looks more like an old dumb watch.
    LaLamoto likes this.
    04-26-2017 06:36 PM
  23. LaLamoto's Avatar
    We've been hearing for some time that users (well some, anyway) have wanted a ROUND display on their Apple Watch.

    Do you think a) that'll ever happen? and b) if a round variant was available, would you buy it?
    Great question. I previously owned the Motorola 360 and I round display wasn't very appealing in my opinion. (Given to me as a gift) At times letters from text messages were missing and or cut off. However I may consider because I absolutely LOVE my apple products!!
    04-26-2017 06:46 PM
  24. Mac Guy's Avatar
    Octagon? That's it, I'm getting you an octagon shaped watch.
    Apple is working on that for the Chuck Norris Edition.
    04-26-2017 09:51 PM
  25. Mac Guy's Avatar
    Just a timepiece, standard watch is best suited a round device to mimic the clock which it is
    This is and has been for decades, square and rectangular mechanical watches. I'm pretty sure they've use round gears as well. And shape doesn't matter at all when quartz movements are used. Round is traditional for the vast majority of watches but certainly square/rectangular watch are the preferred shape for a lot of people. There have been a couple of triangular mechs over the year.
    04-26-2017 09:57 PM
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