Apple eyeing smart watch, reports say

February 11, 2013
Apple is testing a watch-like device which could perform some smartphone functions, US media reports said.

Apple is testing a watch-like device which could perform some smartphone functions, US media reports said Monday.

The New York Times reported that the maker of iPhones and iPads is experimenting with a curved-glass device, which could incorporate a bendable display glass developed by US manufacturer Corning.

The Times, which quoted sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the device would likely use Apple's iOS platform which is incorporated on the and .

Although details were not clear, the report said the watch could be used for using Apple's Passbook software.

The Wall Street Journal said, meanwhile, that Apple has discussed such a device with its manufacturing partner Foxconn of Taiwan as it explores product categories beyond the smartphone and tablet.

The device, if confirmed, would be part of an emerging category of wearable devices which can connect to networks, usually through a smartphone.

Several smart watches using the Google Android platform were shown at the Consumer Electronic Show earlier this year. Other can be used for health and fitness monitoring.

Apple did not immediately respond to an AFP query on the latest reports.

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SoylentGrin
4 / 5 (4) Feb 11, 2013
Great. They're going to try to patent Wrist Mounted Data Delivery or some nonsense, then sue Casio and Rolex.
Judgeking
not rated yet Feb 12, 2013
They already had this with the Nano 6th gen, then abandoned it.
VendicarE
3 / 5 (2) Feb 12, 2013
Apple is grasping at straws.

CapitalismPrevails
1 / 5 (1) Feb 12, 2013
The device, if confirmed, would be part of an emerging category of wearable devices which can connect to networks, usually through a smartphone.
Why not have a smart watch which remotely accesses your smartphone like TeamViewer? That way it shouldn't need very much hardware accept an OLED screen and a bluetooth antennae.
SoylentGrin
not rated yet Feb 12, 2013
That way it shouldn't need very much hardware accept an OLED screen and a bluetooth antennae.


Sony had that come out a while ago, called the smartview or something. Price was down around $70. Now with the resurgence of smartwatch interest at CES, they've renamed it smartwatch, and are charging $129. Same thing that's been out for about two years, though.
GSwift7
5 / 5 (2) Feb 12, 2013
I repeatedly have seen hints that we are going to need a new paradigm for wireless data accounts.

People are starting to own multiple devices with cell phone capabilities, but getting a seperate account for each device must be stunting the growth of device sales.

It just makes sense for cell companies to start offering service to multiple devices for each customer as a single account. You should be able to use one device at a time without additional charges, if they really want device sales to take off.

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