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Apple is experimenting internally with the development of a watch-like device with smartphone capabilities, according to separate reports from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal today.

Details beyond that fact remain murky. The NYT report indicates the watch may "operate on Apple’s iOS platform" and be built with a curved glass surface, leveraging "the company’s understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body." WSJ reports Apple has already talked with manufacturing partner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (aka Foxconn) about the idea, and this initiative could be the centerpiece of Apple's next large product group beyond smartphones and tablets.

About time—Apple now experimenting with a watch-like device


Wonder how it will turn out. An iOS Pebble competitor.
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Hmm... Are they thinking about replacing a phone with this device? I imagine it'd be a bit slow to type using one finger.
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Personally I just wish they made a watch with a basic phone and Blue Tooth / WiFi in it. That way I could just talk on it (forget texting and typing and all that rot) and have it be a link for any WiFi compatible device (like an iPad or laptop). About the only "smarts" that it would need is the ability to link to your Blue Tooth headset and be able to respond to voice recognition commands like "Call home" or "Answer phone" or "Dial 555-1212", etc.
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I can't help but be reminded of this...


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It would make for a cool companion device for iPhones. You could read texts, notifications, and use it for NFC or Passbook. Price would be a critical factor.
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If this is really true, I would have serious doubts about the future of the company. There's not much cheesier than a guy with a screen on his watch. Luxury item, this is not.
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Oh apple, trying to figure out the next big thing?!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sylon View Post

Oh apple, trying to figure out the next big thing?!

They got a pretty good track record so far.
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I'd like a watch that can make calls. That way I can walk around like a secret service agent
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I'm sorry, my watch is better.

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