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Apple considers wristwatch-styled device using curved glass

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Apple considers wristwatch-styled device using curved glass
An iWatch might look like this

An iWatch might look like this

According to a couple of sources with inside knowledge of what is going on at Apple, the company is using its knowledge of how glass can curve around the human body to produce a wristwatch that will run on iOS. While Apple didn't comment on the plans, the report opened up a number of interesting questions. Will Siri be included? It would seem to make sense to have the voice-activated personal assistant aboard. Other features that the watch could include would be the ability to send and receive texts, and a version of mobile payment system Passbook.

Corning already has a bendable glass that it has developed which it calls Willow Glass. This glass can bend like paper in the wind without breaking. And considering the relationship (albeit secret by mutual agreement) that Corning has with Apple, we could see Willow Glass commercialized the same way that Gorilla Glass has become a household name.

Corning's Willow Glass bends but does not break

Corning's Willow Glass bends but does not break

Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst with Forrester whose specialty is wearable computers, says that Apple has done some hiring in this area, and through its partners who make accessories for the Apple iPhone, Epps says that "This makes Apple potentially the biggest player of the wearables market in a sort of invisible way."

No stranger to these pages, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that he can envision a day when people carry a tablet and wear a smartwatch that takes care of the light housekeeping like making calls, text messaging, quick searches and navigation. Munster sees such a product as a cheaper solution to the iPhone, especially in emerging markets. And Apple might have some competition in the wearable computer space. Google says that it hopes to make Google Glass 3% of its annual revenues by 2015.

If Apple does make a decision to go full steam into smartwatches, it seems to have the right guy at the top; current CEO Tim Cook wears a Nike FuelBand which tracks his activities.

"We believe technology could progress to a point where consumers have a tablet plus wearable computers, like watches or glasses, that enable simple things like voice calls, texting, quick searches, navigation. These devices are likely to be cheaper than an iPhone and could ultimately be Apple’s best answer to addressing emerging markets."-Gene Munster, Piper Jaffray

source: NYTimes via AppleInsider

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posted on 10 Feb 2013, 13:44 4

1. syedzain (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I will be waiting for this, it would be great if apple does this watch thing.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 17:16 1

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 11995; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ditto.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 13:48 4

2. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I think this was the only thing I didn't like about the iPod Nano update. You couldn't wear them as watches anymore. This would be rather cool.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 14:22

4. tech2 (Posts: 2212; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


wouldnt the cord obstruct u ?

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 16:37 1

10. Ronoc039 (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Bluetooth...

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 14:12 5

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Nah, i'll stick to normal watches... I don't know why but a wristwatch with a dial looks pretty good to me.
For all the talking, tapping, typing, listening, watching...there's the mobile phone.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 16:29

8. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


That's what people used to say about smartphones: why bother with one when you can just get the internet on a regular computer? A regular cell-phone looks pretty good to me, leave all the typing, watching, and browsing to laptops and desktops.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 22:46 1

24. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You misunderstood... Read the 1st part...that's my answer. The 2nd part was just an added joke.
I love watches that have sporty looks...you know, multiple dials, chronograph and all those stuff.
I don't think an iWatch is going to look that way, going by the conventional way the work...no sir.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 14:32 2

5. thunderbolt (Posts: 76; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Would rather stick to more of a conventional watch and not look stupid tapping and touching all over the body and phone ... just for heck of it. A wrist watch with roman numerals hour/min/sec hand looks so cool and aristocratic.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 15:37 2

6. AbuSymbian (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


They should first put a solid device out before going on futuristic sh!t

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 21:09

22. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


oh so the ipad and iphones weren't solid devices?

im pretty sure thats what apple does… boring but solid -- everyone agrees with that...

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 16:26 1

7. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


This is what Apple needs to do to stay relevant. Their strength has always been exploiting untapped markets, their weakness has always been remaining relevant afterwards. If they can popularize smartwatches they can avert attention from their lackluster smartphones.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 18:01

14. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3754; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Apple will always be relevant. Innovation will never die.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 18:11 5

15. tedkord (Posts: 4973; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Even the cofounder of Apple sees that their innovation is severely lacking, and they've been passed by Samsung and Android general.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 18:23 2

16. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


You sound like some zealous, religious headcase when you say stuff like that. Apple will only be relevant as long as it remains innovative. To assume that it will always remain innovative forever is to be either naive or arrogant.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 19:58

18. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Absolute BS.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 20:59 3

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


they haven't innovate anything. stop dreaming. LG Was the first to made a watch phone. now their copying LG LG GD910 3G watch phone? anyone remember that watch phone from few years ago?

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 22:31

23. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Innovation means much more than mere invention. Just because the modern automobile was invented over a century ago doesn't mean great innovations in the automotive sector aren't taking place even now. Apple has been very innovative in marketing and design over the last few years, despite using existing technologies in their products.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 16:36

9. Ronoc039 (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Yes please, might be my first apple purchase in a long time...

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 17:16 1

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 11995; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


They release this I buy 3.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 20:20 1

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 11995; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Make that 5. Two for the red thumbs LMAOOOOO. Losers.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 17:18

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 11995; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


d**k Tracy was onto something.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 19:13 4

17. Kan_wha (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Seems like a 1:1 copy of the watch mode from Nokia's Morph Concept ha...
iThieves indeed

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 20:59 1

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


So Apple is copying d**k TRACY? That was such a classic movie. and it will be as expensive as buying a JACOB WATCH or any expensive watch.

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