Apple's next trick? Wearable tech, analyst says

Jan 03, 2013 by Salvador Rodriguez

Apple's next big venture could be wearable technology, starting with a "smart watch."

In a note released Wednesday, Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray said he expects Apple to jump into the wearable tech market some time in 2014 or beyond.

"We believe that wearable computers will ultimately be a major future trend," the note said. "Longer term (over the next 10-plus years), wearable computers could eventually replace the and smartphones in general."

Munster's predictions come after rumors last week that the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is working with Intel on a Bluetooth watch that would work with the iPhone.

Besides wearable tech, Munster also had quite a few other Apple predictions.

He said he expects an Apple to start selling a TV in time for the next season, priced between $1,500 and $2,000. The model would have a screen measuring between 42 and 55 inches and include Apple's and FaceTime features.

Besides a full TV, Munster also said he expects Apple to update its existing device and launch a TV app store in early 2013. Around the same time, Munster said he expects Apple to release a , which Apple is reportedly working on.

Additionally, Munster said he expects Apple will bring its high-resolution Retina to at least two more of its products. He said the first would be the iPad mini, with a Retina model in early 2013, and then the MacBook Air laptop, with a Retina model in the summer.

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VendicarD
4.3 / 5 (6) Jan 03, 2013
The iFad is over.

Samsung won.
Star_Gazer
3.4 / 5 (5) Jan 03, 2013
EyePhone..
packrat
2.6 / 5 (5) Jan 03, 2013
Maybe Apple should go talk to Casio. They have been making computerized watches for some years now.
omatwankr
1.8 / 5 (5) Jan 03, 2013
"Maybe Apple should go talk to Casio."

That can't be, apple owns innovation, their trademarking of the term "inovation" proves this beyond any shadow of a doubt.

They will also go after casio for that blatant use of the letter i, now you see the real reason Nintendo called it the wii (individuals playing together) and a double slap to apples face.
evropej
1 / 5 (6) Jan 04, 2013
The cell phone industry would not be where it is today without Apple and yes you may continue to flame and bash Apple since it is amusing to a lot of people hearing adults act like kids. They started patenting everything after Bill Gates stole every single idea from them long ago and created Microsoft. So now its natural for them to be over protective of the intellectual property.
canuckit
3 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2013
"Bill Gates stole every single idea from them long ago and created Microsoft"

I always thought that IBM stole every single idea from Bill Gates, or vice versa?
VendicarD
3 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2013
The cell phone industry would not be where it is today without RIM.

The cell phone industry would not be where it is today without Nokia.

The cell phone industry would not be where it is today without Broadcom.

The cell phone industry would not be where it is today without Samsung.

The cell phone industry would not be where it is today without FoxCon

"The cell phone industry would not be where it is today without Apple" - Evropei

Only Foncused Apple Fanbouys fixate on Apple.
VendicarD
3 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2013
"Bill Gates stole every single idea from them long ago and created Microsoft." - Everopei

Microsoft was created around the same time as Apple.

Since Microsoft was an OS and software company and Apple was a hardware company when they were created, your comment is nothing more than childish ignorance.

Apple stole it's MAC OS design from PARC. Microsoft did the same years later.

dtxx
4 / 5 (4) Jan 04, 2013
PARC! Let's not forget to thank them for Ethernet or the laser printer, either.
alfie_null
5 / 5 (1) Jan 06, 2013
As the company relies heavily on IP, we'll get heads up from patent disclosures.
canuckit
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 06, 2013
Does that mean that the personal computer and software that I used in my work for many years before Apple marketed a personal computer was invented before Steve Jobs invented it?
packrat
1 / 5 (2) Jan 06, 2013
Does that mean that the personal computer and software that I used in my work for many years before Apple marketed a personal computer was invented before Steve Jobs invented it?


I would really like to know the brand of any personal computer you used before the apple1, color computer or vic 20 came out. Everything before that used a row of lights to indicate output and a row of switches for input. Data was stored either on a cassette tape player, big tape reels or punch cards back in that time. I really doubt you had a main frame at home especially since they took up whole rooms in large buildings back then.
VendicarD
not rated yet Jan 06, 2013
zx81, ti99, trs80, lnw80, etc...
evropej
1 / 5 (3) Jan 07, 2013
...Only Foncused Apple Fanbouys fixate on Apple.


Please show me first apple/droid like phone before the iPhone 3GS? Its funny seeing the lineage of the technology develop after the introduction of the iPhone 3. After the iPhone hit the market, everyone starting copying them with the interface and functionality. Denying facts does not make a good argument. Like I said, calling names and making funny remarks will get you likes but it still doesnt change the facts. You may now return to flaming some more.
Modernmystic
1 / 5 (2) Jan 07, 2013
Ubiquitous computing has been with us for some time. It's not going to be wearable tech, it's going to be integrated and invisible tech.

There apple, I just saved you 20 years of "innovation" and let you skip 3 steps.