By me at Wired:
The idea would take a key element of Apple’s heritage and sidestep the assumption that a wearable device has to rely on your sense of sight or touch. Apple has an opportunity to recall one of the strongest motifs of its iPod days and put the humble earphone back in the spotlight.
Read the rest at Listen up Apple: build a smart EarPod or someone else will
April 2nd, 2014
My latest for Wired UK, considering whether the iPod Nano could simply start to build in quantified self features and make life tough for Fitbit and co.
There’s another device out there that sits in that price point and has already started ticking some of the boxes that would push things forward — Apple’s iPod Nano, already a close friend to many exercise fiends. It already features a pedometer and, if you think about how even Apple has encouraged the move toward wearing this as a watch (right on top of a key pulse point…) another part of the puzzle slips into place.
August 1st, 2012