Rumour, rumours and more rumours. That seems to be the staple part of any news piece these days. Reports suggest that Apple is looking to move into some real-estate currently unoccupied by Samsung or HTC or any of those fools, namely your wrist. As an aside, imagine if Apple did actually sell houses and everytime you wanted to upgrade on one of their houses, you had to go and buy a new house. That analogy doesn’t work.
Sources told the New York Times that the device is supposed to have some features of a smartphone but be made from a curved glass that bends around the wrist. The device will reportedly run Apple’s iOS although functionality is unknown and it would make sense for it to be voice controlled through Siri. Specualtions go further to insinuate features such as map software, receive text messages, monitor a user’s daily activity, and be capable of making mobile payments.
There are even rumours that Apple has already held exploratory talks with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co regarding the project.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a report last month: “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. These devices are likely to be cheaper than an iPhone and could ultimately be Apple’s best answer to addressing emerging markets.”
It all sounds interesting and you’d be able to talk into your watch like James Bond but is there a market for this device beyond novelty? Watches are mostly fashion accessories and for everything else we already have our phones which are in our pockets and can do just about anything we could need of them.
Note: The image above is not a concept mock-up from Apple or that was leaked. It is simply a piece of fan art found on Google.