Apple considers wristwatch-styled device using curved glass

Apple considers wristwatch-styled device using curved glass
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.

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.


source: NYTimes via AppleInsider

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24 Comments

1. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ditto.

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.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

wouldnt the cord obstruct u ?

10. Ronoc039

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Bluetooth...

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

24. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

5. thunderbolt

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

6. AbuSymbian

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

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

22. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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...

7. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple will always be relevant. Innovation will never die.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

16. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Absolute BS.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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?

23. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

9. Ronoc039

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

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

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They release this I buy 3.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

d**k Tracy was onto something.

17. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

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

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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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