Accessories trend poll ends, Apple iWatch poll begins

With approximately 900 votes from iLounge readers, our most recent poll—“What do you think the biggest trend in Apple accessories will be in 2013?”—has ended. With thousands of new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories and several major trends we noted from manufacturers at the 2013 International CES, we asked readers to let us know what they thought would be the biggest trend in the Apple accessory market in 2013.

Forty-nine percent of respondents felt that we would see more Lightning accessories this year, essentially continuing the trend of wired and dock-based iOS device accessories. A general trend toward Bluetooth accessories was suggested by 25% of those responding, with Bluetooth speakers at 14% and general Bluetooth accessories at 11%. Of the remaining responses, 12% felt the trend would move more toward specialized and niche products, 6% toward more premium cases, and 5% to more successful independent projects growing from places like Kickstarter. Only 3% of responses suspected fewer AirPlay speakers this year.
With serious rumours of an Apple iWatch beginning to surface, we’re wondering what you, our readers, would find the most compelling feature in such a device. Would it be standalone features such as media playback or GPS and navigation features or tighter integration with your iPhone or iPod touch by providing remote control, notification display or Siri interaction?  Do your preferences lean toward the hope that it will simply be a timepiece with an elegant Apple industrial design?
Or do you generally eschew the whole idea of a “smart” watch? Our latest poll—“What feature would most compel you to buy an Apple iWatch?” lets you have your say. As always, you can find the iLounge Poll in the left-hand column of the main homepage. Cast your vote today!

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