Apple and Intel may be building a smart-watch, fashion accessory

Wearable computers have been around for many years but none of them have managed to impact the market in a way that revolutionized how we interact with technology. While most computer watches have fizzled in the limelight, there is merit to the idea that you could wear a watch that connects to your phone to enhance the functionality of both devices.

Knowing that most have failed in this arena, but that there is also considerable interest in this market, new rumors are suggesting that Apple and Intel are linking up to build a watch that will support Bluetooth to connect to iOS devices.

The rumors also state that the device could arrive in the first half of 2013 and have a 1.5in OLED display.

It’s easy to see that if Apple could build a smartwatch with Siri built in, that the device could be a great companion to existing iOS devices. Imagine you are walking down the street, you get a phone call, you look at your watch to see who is calling you, hit ignore, then tell Siri to send a text to the person saying you will call them back later without taking your phone out of your pocket.

The linkup with Intel is a bit interesting too as we have previously heard rumors that Intel was courting Apple to let them build the next generation of CPUs for the iPad/iPhone. That information could be correct or it could be misconstrued as it went down the pipeline to really mean that Intel was working with Apple to build this smart watch.

While it will be several more months before we find out if this rumor is actually true, the idea is not implausible. But who knows, maybe the smart watch will turn into the next AppleTV that has been rumored to be released every quarter for the past few years.

Via TNW

Source: TGbus | Tech163

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I think its a great idea, why get your phone out of your pocket when you can look at a watch? If Apple can produce a watch that interfaces very well with their phone then I think the product will be a winner. I will buy one, although I do like the weight and look of my TAG diving watch....hmmm.

The MS SPOT watch was DOA, yes MS did it first but who cares? Who even knows about the SPOT watch but people here? Like most things MS do Apple can do it better. I know this hurts when you are an MS fan but this is what Apple does. They take an existing product and do it way better.

The general public will love a watch that integrates with their phone and Apple can make this commonplace and normal. It will be the true Dick Tracey watch and for most people it will be magical.

Apple has really lost the plot in recent times. All management can see are $$$ opportunities and don't think beyond the short term (this nearly killed them last time). Apple's success was due to their small portfolio of core devices that they provided industry leading support for. How can they do that with such a wide portfolio of devices/gadgets that are mostly knee jerk reactions or half baked ideas (like this watch)? they are stretching themselves way too thin...

Xerxes said,
Apple has really lost the plot in recent times. All management can see are $$$ opportunities and don't think beyond the short term (this nearly killed them last time). Apple's success was due to their small portfolio of core devices that they provided industry leading support for. How can they do that with such a wide portfolio of devices/gadgets that are mostly knee jerk reactions or half baked ideas (like this watch)? they are stretching themselves way too thin...

I think it's their hypocrisy that'll come back to bite their ass. This includes their extremely anti-competitive corporate attitude and sue happy nature. Their products are good and many people around here including myself like and appreciate them.

Time will tell how things pan out.

I bet somewhere in the corner all the big watchmakers getting ready to fight lawsuits filed by apple claiming they stepped on apple's patents.

airedwin said,
I hope Microsoft has this thing patented so they can destroy Apple.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...Personal_Objects_Technology

You'd gain nothing reasonable by Apple disappearing, yet a lot of people including me would lose their favorite platforms, programs and devices.

Try to be less of a d*** and enjoy that you benefit from Apple, too, even if you don't use their products.

Of course you could be delusional and don't care which so many folks love to do.

GS:ios

Glassed Silver said,

You'd gain nothing reasonable by Apple disappearing, yet a lot of people including me would lose their favorite platforms, programs and devices.

Try to be less of a d*** and enjoy that you benefit from Apple, too, even if you don't use their products.

Of course you could be delusional and don't care which so many folks love to do.

GS:ios

So when Apple sues other smartphone makers, it's for the benefit of everyone? Lol.

Glassed Silver said,

You'd gain nothing reasonable by Apple disappearing, yet a lot of people including me would lose their favorite platforms, programs and devices.

Try to be less of a d*** and enjoy that you benefit from Apple, too, even if you don't use their products.

Of course you could be delusional and don't care which so many folks love to do.

GS:ios


Such as, when Apple forces "infringing" devices ie: Samsung phones to be taken off shelves, that's a good thing, right?

Glassed Silver said,

You'd gain nothing reasonable by Apple disappearing, yet a lot of people including me would lose their favorite platforms, programs and devices.

Try to be less of a d*** and enjoy that you benefit from Apple, too, even if you don't use their products.

Of course you could be delusional and don't care which so many folks love to do.

GS:ios


In other words, no, I don't benefit from Apple.

airedwin said,

I'm still waiting for you to show me where Apple has access to ALL of Microsoft's patents.

Still waiting... you must be trying to google it yourself now. Lol.

why don't you just do your own research instead of trying to troll? Look up why MS gave Apple a TON of money in the 90's in exchange for total cross patent sharing

Edit: you know what, since I know you won't do it, just read the darn deal yourself http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1292505/584.pdf

"Apple licensed patents" shall mean ALL captured patents
"Microsoft licensed patents" shall mean ALL captured patents

neufuse said,
why don't you just do your own research instead of trying to troll? Look up why MS gave Apple a TON of money in the 90's in exchange for total cross patent sharing

Right. And there hasn't been any new patents since the 90s. OK.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Since you're clearly oblivious, some people have lives and aren't here to cater to your every need... Go outside and get some fresh air instead of trolling on here.

Here, educate yourself on this:
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1292505/584.pdf

"WHEREAS, each of the parties hereto has the right to grant a non-exclusive license to the other party under certain existing and future patent rights of such party and desires to acquire a non-exclusive license under certain existing and future patent rights of the other party."
"has the right" doesn't mean they have to do it and "certain rights" doesn't mean all.
I'm also waiting for you to explain to me how it's a good thing for the consumer that Apple is suing other companies.

neufuse said,
no, this agreement is for all patens from then up, not just what was there then

Section 1.3 "Capture Date" shall mean the date that occurs five (5) years from the Effective Date of this Agreement.

Sounds like it only covers patents good for 5 years.

airedwin said,
If Apple has access to all of MS patents, why doesn't MacOS ever have a Start Menu?

Becuase they want to differentiate themselves?
They felt that the start menu was an old outdated concept?

They just wanted to be different?

uh, you ever look at the Apple menu? it basically is the start menu, and in OS7,8,9, and some of 10 there was an Applications menu that showed installed programs, you know just like the start menu?

neufuse said,
uh, you ever look at the Apple menu? it basically is the start menu, and in OS7,8,9, and some of 10 there was an Applications menu that showed installed programs, you know just like the start menu?

OS X never had an Applications list under the Apple Menu and I'm really hoping you realize that System 7 predates Windows 95.

I love how saying something positive about Apple makes me a fanboy in so many eyes.

I'll tell you something, guys. You are delusional.
Just because I give Apple credit where credit is due, doesn't mean I blindly accept everything they do.

Nice bunch of people who just declared themselves haters I guess.

Next time you want to let out your hate for Apple, do it with real fanboys who are actually blindly loving everything Apple do, maybe you'd get some sympathy along the way, because I don't really like those either.

In conclusion: Nice try fellas.

GS:mac
little PS:
If you really think you never profited from Apple in any way, then you need a good long lesson about tech history.
Love them or hate them, but saying they didn't bring anything to the table or help other companies find new areas of focus/product lines/... well... I hate to break it to you but you must have been living under a rock or try really hard to stay away from knowledge.

So do I. I've been kicking myself for missing the Kickstarter, as it means I'll be paying the full price now for it. Still worth it though; it'll be the first watch I've had for at least three years, and it'll mean I won't need to jailbreak my iPhone ever again (the only Cydia-related tool I used was Activator so that I could change music tracks with the volume buttons.

Whats this? Apple copying another Android thing? They couldn't possibly (not counting other devices even older)

nah, they will call it AppleTime instead of facetime... the iBranding is dead man, its all about the Apple[word here] branding now!

neufuse said,
nah, they will call it AppleTime instead of facetime... the iBranding is dead man, its all about the Apple[word here] branding now!

The iBranding isn't dead as far as we can tell so far.

Apple TV is only called Apple TV due to licensing and Apple is very much fighting to get iBrands recognized everywhere in the world.
They'd love to license the iTV name, but they can't because iTV (the company) doesn't want to share their recognition with a product that could end up being much more recognizable and might turn out to compete with them for money.

GS:ios

I was just joking

but in reality the i names should be dead... the i originally stood for internet connected... where we got the iBook and iMac from... somehow it became the name all for apple....

lot of people want to disagree with that but before the i Brand Apple used the e Brand......eWorld, eMate, etc etc.... the i branding was a play on the whole internet revolution, and to make people think the iMac's would somehow make the internet easier

Please, Apple never cared about licensing. They just use the name and deal with legal implications later. They stole the iPhone name, the iPad name, and other names as well.

LookitsPuck said,
Please, Apple never cared about licensing. They just use the name and deal with legal implications later. They stole the iPhone name, the iPad name, and other names as well.

Well, they did get the iOS name license from Cisco and they did buy the iPad name international rights, but surely the Chinese company's claims they stole it stuck better in your mind than the outcome of the case, right?

If they didn't care, they'd risk coming out with a device that they have to rename which is quite a PR nightmare and to them not really a good thing to name a device differently in some parts of the world, basically working against their ethos of simplicity.

Oh and they didn't care when they released the iTV, which we all know kept its name "iTV", right?
No, wait a minute...

GS:mac

the problem with a lot of the MS designs, they are too far head of their time... the SPOT watch was a neat idea, but it cost too much and most people thought why would I need that... then cell phones took over all its functions... now we are going back to that and somehow it will be and OMG why didn't anyone ever think of this before moments for apple?

deadonthefloor said,
and Magical

Oh, definitely magical.

The next version will also be "thinner and lighter" as always. What people don't know is that Apple is actually referring to the wallets. Now those will most certainly be 'thinner and lighter'.