Munster sees wearable computers being an important product line for Apple

Munster sees wearable computers being an important product line for Apple
Amid talk that Apple and Intel are teaming up to offer an iOS 1.5 inch smartwatch, Apple super-bull Gene Munster says that such a wearable computer could be the start of an important product trend for the Cupertino based tech giant. Munster sees Apple being able to profit from this new trend in two ways. One would be the sale of consumer products, like the watch, and the second would be an expansion of the MFi program. Under this program, Apple licenses to third party manufacturers the right to produce hardware that connects to an iOS device. Munster says, "While we don’t believe the watch itself is something that will excite investors, we believe the trend offers future revenue potential beyond the iPhone/iPad franchise."

The Piper Jaffray analyst does feel that sometime over the next 10+ years, wearable computers could replace the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad and support voice calls, navigation, texting and quick searches through the use  of voice control. With the possibility of cheaper screens in eyeglasses or projectors replacing the more expensive display on the Apple iPhone, Apple will be able to produce a cheaper product to sell to emerging markets.


The iOS smartwatch that Apple and Intel are supposedly working on, would feature an OLED screen with ITO (indium tin oxide) coated glass.While not much is known about the device, speculation calls for it to be introduced sometime in the first half of this year.

source: Forbes

FEATURED VIDEO

8 Comments

1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Only if it has a large visible Apple logo for the fanboys.

2. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

He said that a wearable computer is important after the annoucement of google glass? A little late in the game to say something like that if he's trying to take credit for it. I think there might have been other prior annoucements to google glass, but Im not sure. Like the Pebble and Sony watch, etc... Even though they werent at this stage "yet". Id like to see those contacts.

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Didn't LG created a smart watch a few years ago

7. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

sony did n it was OK . just does d job !

4. Aeires unregistered

Who needs an iPod Shuffle if they get the iWatch instead.

5. Aeires unregistered

double post, nevermind.

6. TBomb

Posts: 1568; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

"... Apple will be able to produce a cheaper product to sell to emerging markets." Cost for Production = Cheaper. Cost for Customers = More Expensive.

8. amish1512

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Don't worry now Samsung will launch android watch before apple does..lol

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.