Hot 2011 trend: the iPod nano as a watch

Hot 2011 trend: the iPod nano as a watch

Summary: In case you haven't noticed, it's 2011 and people are wearing iPods as wristwatches. It all began when Steve Jobs made a joke about wearing the new, sixth-generation iPod nano as a watch.

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In case you haven't noticed, it's 2011 and people are wearing iPods as wristwatches. It all began on September 1, 2010 when Steve Jobs commented that an unnamed Apple board member jokingly planned to wear the new, sixth-generation iPod nano as a watch.

Boom, a cottage industry was born.

A lot has happened since I first wrote about the nano-watch trend on November 18, 2010. At that time only a handful of models were announced:

New models include:

Rubber Bands are a new entrant into the quickly-crowding iWatch market designed to be recession-friendly. Retailing for only $10, they come in seven fun colors, and are practically an impulse item. Heck, I've paid more than that for a lot of apps. I haven't had a chance to try one yet but will post something when I do.

My favorite nano-watch is the still-unreleased LunaTik, (read my exclusive hands-on from December 21, 2010) but it's not exactly a fair comparison because that beauty is machined out of aluminum and costs $70 -- the price of all seven Rubber Bands.

One thing's for sure though, this new raft of watch accessories and the iPod nano being close to being jailbroken means that 2011 is shaping up to be an exciting year for nano owners and watch enthusiasts alike.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware

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  • Just curious if you or David would be reporting on real Apple news

    For instance, the fact that the alarm clock on iOS 4 devices failed [b]miserably[/b] when 2011 rolled around?

    Or has Apple asked you not to report on this story?
    NonZealot
    • The alarm works fine as of January 3rd, which is today. [nt]

      [nt]
      olePigeon
      • Liar liar pants on fire!!

        @olePigeon
        www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2374971,00.asp

        Still not fixed.
        NonZealot
      • Liar liar pants on fire???

        @NonZealot<br><br>Seriously NZ??? Liar liar pants on fire??? <br><br>Some of us never experienced this so called bug... My alarms worked perfectly on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and today... So not fixed??? How bout never broken?

        Does that work for you? Or parhaps you wont believe me unless I pinky swear, cross my heart and hope to die... <br><br>Grow up loser.
        i8thecat
    • You'll also notice ZDnet didn't report on Windows Phone 7...

      You'll also notice ZDnet didn't report on Windows Phone 7 uploading 50MBs of data at regular intervals, using up peoples' limited data plans and causing overage charges.

      Sometimes not all the news makes it here.
      olePigeon
      • Links please!

        @olePigeon <br>Seriously. Now.

        Edit: Haha, I just found the link to this. There are a handful of people who aren't sure why their data usage jumped up but it is only a handful and no one thinks this is because MS is doing anything nasty. The iPhone alarm bug however is [b]extremely[/b] widespread and was even reported by the Associated Press.

        I mean heck, if we are going to go based on a handful of reports, how about this:
        discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2705947&tstart=0

        Gee, why didn't ZDNet report that Apple caused all iPhones suddenly stopped working?

        discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2705761&tstart=0

        Yet another dead iPhone!! Apple is killing iPhones!!!!

        You guys are [b]so[/b] desperate to apologize for every little thing that Apple does wrong that you will pull out the weakest of weak attacks on MS to do it.

        iPhone alarms not working was a major story. Yours is a non story. ZDNet should be reporting on major Apple stories, stories so major that even the Associated Press picked up on it.

        So the question is: Why isn't ZDNet reporting on this major Apple bug? This is simply further proof that ZDNet bloggers are being paid by Apple to keep quiet on things like this.
        NonZealot
      • More links for your viewing pleasure

        @olePigeon
        www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2011/01/02/iphone-alarm-glitch.html

        www.engadget.com/2011/01/03/iphone-alarms-still-not-working-worlds-crashing-left-and-right/

        www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/01/03/apple-iphone-alarm-woes-continue-globe/

        www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/mobile/01/03/iphone.alarm/index.html

        But on ZDNet we have Jason reporting on Nano watch straps and David reporting on a Kia commercial that shows an iPhone in it. This is ZDNet, a site that is theoretically dedicated to tech news. And this is the Apple "Rotten To The" Core blog. And nothing on this story that was big enough to hit every major news site around the world.

        This is inexcusable and the fact that you are apologizing for it is despicable.
        NonZealot
      • RE: Hot 2011 trend: the iPod nano as a watch

        @NonZealot

        I'm glad you're not a zealot; just imagine how wild, inaccurate and hypocritical your posts would be.

        I really enjoyed your dismissal of the data usage problem because it was, in your words, 'a handful of people.' Of course, you don't back up that claim. But you really were funny when you wrote that 'Apple caused all iPhones suddenly stopped working.' Aside from the nonsensical grammar, you link showed [b]one, repeat, one[/b] user with a locked iPhone.

        You zealots are [b]so[/b] desperate to disparage Apple that you will pull out the weakest of weak attacks to do it.

        By the way, the alarm works just fine today. Liar, liar, pants on fire.
        msalzberg
      • You are correct

        @olePigeon
        I only use the alarm feature occasionally and did not have it set over the weekend, but this morning my iPhone 3G, fully up to date, worked fine.

        Nonetheless it's a stupid careless issue to have crop up and I am disappointed that Apple didn't see this coming and fix it ahead of time. I am glad that I wasn't relying on my iPhone to wake me this weekend.
        use_what_works_4_U
      • @macadam: So this is the new standard of proof?

        <i>this morning my iPhone 3G, fully up to date, worked fine.</i><br><br>So because it worked fine for you, it is working fine for everyone? I've never been hit with any Windows malware, does this mean that you will support me when I state that there is no such thing as Windows malware?<br><br>This iPhone alarm bug is being reported by every single major news outlet in the world. It has <b>not</b> been fixed yet and simply because it is working for you does not mean that it has been fixed for millions of others. Again, unless you are willing to support my statement that Windows malware doesn't exist since this seems to be the new standard of proof that is being presented.<br><br>I'll even make it simpler. macadam: Will you state with <b>100% certainty</b> that the iPhone alarm bug has fixed itself?
        NonZealot
      • You are putting words in my mouth

        @NonZealot
        That's not what I said at all. I said I did not have the problem, not that it did not exist. In fact the <b>majority</b> of my comment is a chastisement to Apple for allowing it to exist.

        <i>Nonetheless it's a stupid careless issue to have crop up and I am disappointed that Apple didn't see this coming and fix it ahead of time. I am glad that I wasn't relying on my iPhone to wake me this weekend.</i>

        But don't let my words get in the way of your delusion. You repeatedly accuse me of blindly supporting Apple and yet when I criticize them you completely ignore it, despite it being the majority of a (admittedly brief) post! How conveniently zealous of you in your pursuit to spew vitriol at Apple, ZDNet, and now apparently me.
        use_what_works_4_U
    • So Jason, how about an answer?

      Has Apple asked you not to report on this story or are you and David simply incompetent?
      NonZealot
      • So NonZealot, how bout yor crawl back under your rock...

        @NonZealot <br><br>Perhaps Jason and David didn't experience this bug... I didn't. I had all of my alarms go off perfectly on each day of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd... I trust that some people experienced it, but not all. And why are you getting your p@nties all bunched up over an alarm bug? Wouldn't Roid malware be something to be truly concerned with.. Not a silly non-issue like an alarm... <br><br>Did you have alarms set to take your meds and now you are all whacked out and butt-hurt because you missed your doses?
        i8thecat
    • RE: Hot 2011 trend: the iPod nano as a watch

      @NonZealot But... what does ANY of that have to do with using a NANO as a wrist watch? Gee whiz... stay on topic.
      hvrobinson
  • Watch software

    how bout an analysis of NANO watch software. Is there enough to replace the Casio calculator watch I have been wearing for 20 years?
    zdnetbtg
    • As far as I know...

      As far as I know, the iPod nano isn't running iOS. However, since it's close to being jailbroken, you just might see some new apps for it. Possibly a Casio calculator app. :)
      olePigeon
    • No apps to date

      @zdnetbtg
      At this point the Nano hasn't been opened to apps, and it doesn't look like Apple is planning to do that (officially). It's still primarily meant to be a modern walkman.
      use_what_works_4_U
  • Hey Apple zealots, check out this new iOS app!!

    appadvice.com/appnn/2011/01/seesee-updated-browse-photos-windows-phone-7-style/

    Seems that MS's Metro UI is so good that even iOS developers are beginning to port it over!

    PS AppAdvice reported on the iOS alarm clock bug:
    appadvice.com/appnn/2011/01/fix-iphone-alarm-clock/

    Come on ZDNet, this is embarrassing for you.
    NonZealot
    • RE: Hot 2011 trend: the iPod nano as a watch

      @NonZealot

      You're starting to sound desperate.
      msalzberg
    • RE: Hot 2011 trend: the iPod nano as a watch

      @NonZealot
      You sound like an obsessed person. I don't particularly care about Apple (or MS, for that matter), but you really sound angry... What's up?
      Eleutherios