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Would you want a round-faced iWatch? [Poll]

There's a financial analyst "report" going around that says Apple's rumored iWatch will have a round face, much like Motorola's upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch. That would suggest a more classical watch-like design, which would bring the product fully into the hyper-competive, often capricious fashion space. It would also be a stark contrast to the modern fitness bands that have been increasing in popularity over the years.

Much has been said about the still rumored iWatch over the last year or more, including tie-ins with iOS 8 and Healthbook, and with the iPhone 6 expected to be released this fall.

Will it be a fitness device that measures your blood sugar, an iPhone companion that surfaces your notifications, or something else entirely? We won't know until Apple tells us, but how it is designed will absolutely affect how it works.

So, would you prefer an iWatch that looks like a classical round-faced watch? Or would you prefer one that looks more like a modern fitness band? What would be the perfect iWatch design for you? Vote in the poll up top and give me the details in the comments below!

The image above is a the Moto 360. You can find out more about that device over at Android Central.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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There are 21 comments. Add yours.

cardfan says:

I don't care enough to vote and comment...

lvavila says:

Yup, speculating on speculation does no one good. Leave the bad guessing to the analysts.

Lt_Solorna says:

Either shape is better than an apple shape.

Vintris says:

Round watch is nice, but please let me choose/change watch face as I see fit. I also prefer a metal watch band to a leather one, so it would be nice to be able to easily switch out the band to fit different styles

richard451 says:

I think a fitness band would offer greater flexibility for features and also allow the product to stand out a bit when being worn. I don't really have a personal preference on either style as they are both functional.

Craig Schober says:

Form should follow function - not follow the form of an antiquated clock on your wrist...unless it only will tell the time. In which case why would Apple, myself or anyone even care about a product like that?

areyes says:

just add a strap to the iphone...err, iwatch

mad_iphone4 says:

Kind of partial to the square shape, like the galaxy gear.

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nikkisharif says:

I'm a watch collector and if it doesn't look & function like a real watch along with the extra functionality, I'll just continue to wait on my Kairos watch.

T-Will says:

I already have a watch collection. Gimme a fitness band type device.

Gazoobee says:

"watches" are for geezers. The poll result merely indicates the proportion of geezers on this site.

"Real" watch people (seniors etc.) aren't going to buy the thing just because it looks like their watch (which they probably already have BTW) and no one who doesn't already wear a wristwatch is going to start simply because Apple makes one.

Or rather, they will, but only until the novelty wears off.
Then they will be like, "WTF? Why do I have my grampas wristwatch on."

GlennRuss says:

Does anyone really wear a watch. I collect old style railroad watches. They are in a case, or a watch hanger. I do not wear one. You just look at the phone for the time. Looking at people in public, may be 10% wear a watch. I think an iWatch will be more a novelty that will end up in a drawer after a time. Most of the features of an iWatch can be done on the iPhone, or similar phone. Cost vs use. Will you really use it?

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jim.strickland@mosaik.com says:

I still wear a watch all the time. On days I forget to put it on I go absolutely bat crazy, even though I have a perfectly good iPhone to look at for the time.

William Koffke says:

iDon't care because iDon't, so iWatch does not matter - round, square, strawberry, banana shaped. It's a personal grudge against a certain dead CEO and his 'company store' mind set!

Made4Nonsense says:

Round face might be nice but regardless of what they design, its already been done! Just cause its a Smart Watch doesnt mean its a new watch design. http://www.made4nonsense.com/why-a-smart-watch-might-not-be-a-smart-choice/

Maxpower1980 says:

Either way I would have to see it to decide

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jim.strickland@mosaik.com says:

I wear a watch all the time. I would certainly prefer the classic round watch face. Like others, I would also prefer a metal band. Admittedly, the iWatch would have to look high quality before I would even consider wearing it. However, high quality does not necessarily mean flashy. That is why I am much more of a Seiko man than a Rolex man...and the fact that there is no way in heck I could afford a Rolex. Fortunately, Apple has always had the market cornered on quality, sleek, "non-flashy" design.

kazza295 says:

No I want triangle. With rounded corners.

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kazza295 says:

No I want triangle. With rounded corners.

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karmski says:

I haven't worn a watch for years and not interested in wearing one. Perhaps a fitness band, but I think Apple much more innovative than even that option.

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Highrisedrifter says:

Yes please for a round watch face. I love the look of the Moto 360 for precisely that reason. If the iWarch is square then I honestly doubt I'll get one as I just don't like square watch faces. If it looks like a fitness band then I will steer well clear of it as those things just look stupid unless you're actually working out.

Fingers crossed