Apple Planning Glass Smart Watch With Foxconn
The smartwatch market marks another place where Apple could breathe new life into old and mostly ignored concepts.Consumer electronics giant Apple has already reinvented and successfully marketed digital music players, revolutionized the smartphone and tablet markets, and is now turning its focus to a curved glass smart watch, which would be made with the company's manufacturing partner Foxconn, according to reports in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The Times article, quoting unnamed sources "familiar with the company's explorations" said the watch would run on Apple's iOS mobile operating system platform. Earlier reports said the Bluetooth-enabled device would feature a 1.5-inch organic LED screen and be able to communicate with other Apple devices like the iPad or iPhone. "Apple is already in the wearable space through its ecosystem partners that make accessories that connect to the iPhone. This makes Apple potentially the biggest player of the wearables market in a sort of invisible way," Sarah Rotman Epps, Forrester research analyst, told The Times. "Over the long term, wearable computing is inevitable for Apple; devices are diversifying, and the human body is a rich canvas for the computer. But I'm not sure how close we are to a new piece of Apple hardware that is worn on the body." The smart watch market marks another place where Apple could breathe new life into old, mostly ignored concepts. Outside of James Bond fanatics and Casio calculator watch collectors, smart watches have held about as much consumer appeal as tablet computers once did—something that Apple irreversibly changed when it debuted the iPad.
"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," Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster wrote in a research note last month.