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#1 Crisp

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:39

Apple reportedly testing iWatch



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Apple is again being tipped with the development of a smart watch, with the New York Times the latest to report that an 'iWatch' project is part of the Cupertino-based firm's ongoing plans.
Citing "people familiar with the company's explorations," the Times claims that Apple is currently "experimenting" with watch-like devices running a stripped down version of its iOS platform.

The report tips the iWatch to feature Corning's flexible Willow Glass to help it wrap around the user's wrist, with navigation, contactless payments and communications thought to be among the future contraption's uses.

"You can certainly make it wrap around a cylindrical object and that could be someone's wrist. Right now, if I tried to make something that looked like a watch, that could be done using this flexible glass," noted Pete Bocko, Corning's chief technology officer.

In addition to the Times, the Wall Street Journal has also jumped on the iWatch bandwagon, saying that Apple is currently discussing production scenarios with Chinese manufacturing partner Foxconn.

An Apple iWatch was rumored back in December 2012, with speculation pointing to a Bluetooth-enabled device with a 1.5in touchscreen display and Siri functionality.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:42

o iSee

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:49

"Born to be Time" slogan, on a smart watch :huh: ?

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 13:04

hope its not melting like some iSomething product...

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 13:45

I honestly don't think there's any functionality they could include that would make me want to wear a watch.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 13:49

I am sure Apple will take credit for creating the first smart watch and then call it revolutionary and innovative. Would be a dumb move by Apple to make a watch like this. I do not know anyone, cept my dad, that still wears a watch. I may wear one for special events, but its a normal watch.

There just isnt a need for something like this. Why look at a watch when looking at your phone is just as easy.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 13:54

Well at least it's a "new" product and not an evolution of something else. I'm not sure I can really see a market for this outside of the more geeky sorts and tech enthusiasts but should be interesting all the same. Presumably they saw the stampede for the Pebble project on Kickstarter and thought they wanted a slice of that action!

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 13:59

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 14:05

I believe for these watches (not just this watch, these other "smart" watches as well), to have any real true function, they need to be paired with your smart phone.
To be paired with your smart phone, that means your smart phone needs to be on your person.
If your smart phone is on your person, how ****ing lazy do you have to be to not grab it and do whatever it is you are looking towards this watch to do?
My point being, this is truly the dumbest technology I have ever seen.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 14:08

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 14:19

Apple iWatch. Starting at just $599 for 32 GB, and $699 for 64 GB.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 14:34

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 14:38

If it's over 100 bucks, I don't want it.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 14:54

Another over-priced trinket that would easily get damaged. iPass.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 15:02

Actually might be interesting...if it's a standalone product. If you need another device to pair it with then it'll be epic fail except for the most ardent hipster fanboi's.