I cannot tell you how many people I see at restaurants who put their smartphone out on the table so as to not miss any important call or text. And while it seems to have become the norm, I am sure Miss Manners would have a few choice words to say about the behavior. I also find that a smartphone in a pocket or purse can make it difficult at times to hear the ring or feel the buzz of the phone. Well a solution is at hand, or more accurately, on the wrist. Word has it that "Apple is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass, according to people familiar with the company’s explorations, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they are not allowed to publicly discuss unreleased products."
Functional, no doubt; but let's hope that Apple partners with a fashion designer to that the product looks good too. We have been hearing rumblings of an iWatch before. What I hope is that the device is an extension of the iPhone and not intended to replace it completely. Let it notify the wearer that a call is coming in and who it is from; let it share the latest iMessage, and let it remind us when an upcoming calendar appointment is due. Would access to Siri be a win, it just might; but, let's get the ergonomics right first. "Down the road, some people believe that "wearable computers" can replace smartphones as the next big thing." For now, let it be a part of the iPhone infrastructure.