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Apple Watch 2: 8 Features We Really Want

Apple Watch is barely here, and yet the rumor mill is churning in full force about Watch 2. Here are some of our own ideas on what we'd like to see Apple do next.

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The Apple Watch is barely out and the rumors for the next version are already heating up. That's probably because the first version is a little underwhelming. Some of the hoped-for features, such as the ability to use FaceTime on the watch, didn't materialize. So now, of course, that's one of the rumors for the next version.

Others rumors we've heard include WiFi capability, updated (pricey) designs, and increased capability independent of the iPhone. One of the biggest complaints, lack of battery life, is not being addressed yet.

[ And they could have done so much better than a watch. Read Apple Watch Alternatives: 10 Gadgets the Company Should Have Made. ]

If these rumors give you a case of the blahs, I can see why. They're not all that amazing. Here are eight things we'd like to see from Apple Watch 2, plus two bonus products we wish Apple would make next.

Eight Apple Watch Ideas We'd Love To See

1. Next-gen Apple Watches will display your net worth at all times so you don't have to keep buying the next most expensive one as a status symbol.

(Image: E Watch Factory via Zazzle)

(Image: E Watch Factory via Zazzle)

2. When you absentmindedly look at your watch in hopes a boring meeting or date is near its end, Siri will automatically call you and pretend to be a sick relative.

3. New versions of Apple Watch will adjust to how often you are late for meetings and give fake times to make sure you are punctual.

4. The latest version will feature a camera on the face, and one on the reverse side, like your iPhone has.

5. The newest fitness apps for the watch will count standing in line for the latest Apple Watch as exercise.

6. A "dueling Siri's" feature will have the watch and the phone compete to see which can be most helpful. They'll also play a mean banjo.

7. To compensate for complaints about slow app performance, future Apple Watches will be referred to as having "Swiss Movement."

8. "Share your heart rate" feature will be set to automatically inform all of your friends if your heart rate flatlines, so they can race to find your body and be the first to steal the gadget.

Two Gadgets We Want Apple To Make Next

1. Along with Apple Watch, Apple would plan a new Apple Jet Pack for next year. Why build a self-driving car when the real secret to eliminating traffic is in such a Jetsons-like invention? Fire-resistant black turtlenecks will be sold to prevent user burns from jet pack exhaust.

(Image: TaraRawr via DeviantArt)

(Image: TaraRawr via DeviantArt)

2. The Apple iRing -- because while you are holding your phone in your right hand and wearing your watch on your left wrist, you need something to tell you when you've got a text.

What do you want to see Apple do next? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio
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jastroff
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6/23/2015 | 1:20:32 PM
Re: Really funny!
Good idea for marketing

>> Or even better. You get a choice of superheroes: X-men, SpiderMan, SuperMan, Hulk to choose from. Now you have one solid reason to spend $$$ to buy AppleWatch ... because its a life saver

Since Apple can leap tall buildings and has more cash than most companies will ever see, I would think they would make it possible for us to summon figures from the past, like, get me Ada Lovelace or George Bernard Shaw...but not even Apple can do that
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/23/2015 | 12:55:26 PM
Re: Get lost
@sachinee- The interesting thing about the heart rate sharing issue is that it needs to be really reliable. Could you imagine how distressing false alarms would be. Grammy's watch says she's dead...again! :)
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/23/2015 | 12:53:25 PM
Re: Get lost
@sachinee- Well, I don't know if they shouldn't have made the watch. Android makers are making a watch, too. So they sort of have to make a watch. What I don't think they should have done is treated the watch like the next big thing. It should have been a complimentary product. 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/23/2015 | 12:44:44 PM
Re: Get lost
@TheBenFNC- Sorry you didn't like it. Humor is a subjective thing. Personally, I think if we can't laugh at things, especially on a weekend, technology is no fun. Hope you had a good weekend anyway.
nasimson
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nasimson,
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6/23/2015 | 8:24:01 AM
Re: Really funny!
@jastroff:

> I would add the ability to display the Bat Signal in the sky,
> cause you never know when you need him...

Or even better. You get a choice of superheroes: X-men, SpiderMan, SuperMan, Hulk to choose from. Now you have one solid reason to spend $$$ to buy AppleWatch ... because its a life saver
jastroff
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jastroff,
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6/22/2015 | 9:45:37 AM
Re: Really funny!
@dave -- very good indeed

my fav is >>  New versions of Apple Watch will adjust to how often you are late for meetings and give fake times to make sure you are punctual.

I would add the ability to display the Bat Signal in the sky, cause you never know when you need him...
nasimson
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nasimson,
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6/22/2015 | 7:38:31 AM
Really funny!
What a good read for a Monday! Really funny. I was laughing all along.

What other features I want?

* alarm for someone else. I am asked by people to call them for waking up, reminders. I want to be able to set it right from my watch so at that particular time, both of us are reminded

* The watch that can unfold into a smaller iphone. 

* Find my phone button on the watch

* Find my watch button on the phone

Enough for now :)
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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6/22/2015 | 1:47:52 AM
Re: Get lost
however I do like your idea of monitoring the heart rate and sending notifications to your loved ones should it ever fail. this way we can ensure that help arrives to the ones who need it at the right moment.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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6/22/2015 | 1:44:30 AM
Re: Get lost
Apple should not have made the iwatch in the first place. I do find your post funny unlike the other guy over here and do agree with some of the points mentioned here but to me I watch would continue to be a technical failure for reasons both of us know.
TheBenFNC
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TheBenFNC,
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6/21/2015 | 7:47:59 PM
Get lost
Was this supposed to be funny? Because it wasn't. Life is unbelievably shirt as it is, and we don't need this junk wasting our time. Leave the Internet.
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