Hearables Are Biggest Threat To Apple Watch

Posted: Jan 13 2015, 3:20am CST | by , Updated: Jan 15 2015, 10:31pm CST, in News | Technology News


Hearables are biggest Threat to Apple Watch

Will the Apple Watch follow the iPod, iPhone and iPad success or will it be the first big fail in a long time for Apple. Analysts and industry pundits predict it both ways. Nobody really knows, not even Apple. The Apple Watch could be very short lived though, as Hearables rise.

Hearables is a term coined by analyst Nick Hunn. Hearables are smart wireless earbuds. In contrast to smart watches, consumers increasingly wear headsets and earbuds. Since the rise of smartphones a large group of consumers has stopped wearing watches and use their smartphone to check the time.

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The Apple Watch is facing this simple but big problem of getting consumers to wear a watch again. Hearables will be able to do everything smart watches can do today. There are already Hearables like the Dash from Bragi that combine music player features with fitness tracking. You can also use the Dash of course for communication via your smartphone. The Dash will ship in April for $299. Watch the video below to learn about all features.

Hearables are almost invisible and this is where the future of wearables is. Everything we wear can be smart. There will be no need to wear a wristband or smart watch. We have already seen the first smart clothes and there will be much more to come.

Because of Apple's fan base I predict initial success of the Apple Watch that will diminish over time with the rise of Hearables and other smart wearables we already used to wear. I am though also pretty sure Apple is already working on Hearables as well.

Find more Apple News and Rumors in our Apple News Hub. What will Apple release in 2015? One thing is for sure, the Apple Watch is among the new 2015 Apple releases. Read all the latest Apple rumors including everything there is to know about the Apple Watch.

There are also already big players including China's internet giant Baidu that work on Hearables. Baidu R&D Director of Voice-Enabled Smart Devices will speak at the 14th WT | Wearable Technologies Conference in Munich on Feb. 2, 2015 (We are giving away free conference passes) about their efforts in this area. 

Keep Hearables in mind when you think of getting the Apple Watch. It might be really fast out of fashion.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr () is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com.




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