The Apple Watch was finally revealed on Tuesday at Apple’s special keynote address, but while many have been quick to praise the numerous designs on offer, the three main variants are very much alike. Notably, they all take the same shape, with a rectangular display akin to the vast majority of smartwatches already available. But in the world of real watches, rounder faces are abundant, and you only have to take a look at the much-lauded Moto 360 from Motorola to get an idea of what a circular wearable looks like. Thanks to some new concept images that have trickled out onto the Web, we now have a visual on what Apple Watch may have looked like if it was more traditional-looking, and below, you can check it out.
Even though the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R both look rather sublime, their interfaces are much less practical given the touch-based interface. Apple has found a middle-ground by giving its first wearable a rectangle display while curving the edges of the device’s profile, and all in all, it’s a look that works.
Still, despite the grandeur of the Apple Watch Edition range, there’s always going to be a lingering feeling that a rounded watch steals the show in the aesthetics department, and one imaginative designer has cooked up a vision of the Apple Watch as a more circular being.
As you’ll notice, it’s every bit as slick and elegant as the real thing, and even Apple’s own Watch interface seems to sit nicely in its rethought surroundings.
Whether this is an avenue that Apple could explore in the future is probably a discussion for another time. After all, in spite of the announcement alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it’s going to be at least four months until we can actually purchase Apple Watch, and given the tentative “early 2015” estimates and the improvements that Apple wants to make regarding battery life, it’s a fairly safe bet that the wait will be even longer.
Still, we certainly like what we see here with this rounded design, and it just goes to show that even though Apple has delivered on two major products that the tech world wanted so badly to see, us geeks are always on the lookout for what may be next.
(Source: Oh NamKyung [Facebook])