How Apple's iWatch May Herald A New Era Of Wearable Technology

By Alexandra Burlacu | Feb 14, 2013 09:27 AM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

 

A slew of reports invaded the U.S. this week, nearly confirming that Apple is prepping an iWatch to boost a new market.

While the details of the purported smart watch are sketchy for now, rumored features include a curved touch screen display from a new type of flexible glass, a range of sensors to keep track of exercise patterns and heart rate, access to maps, "wave and play" functionality, voice control and wireless integration with the iPhone and more. The wearer would be able to take calls or read messages without having to reach for a phone, or the iPhone could detect when it's in the owner's hand and automatically unlock.

Follow us

The Cupertino giant reportedly hired an army of 100 product designers to work on this project, which suggests the rumored iWatch is heading toward production already. Foxconn, the Apple partner that assembles iPhones and iPads, is reportedly in talks with Apple about the device, while also working with component suppliers to deliver efficient microchips and displays.

Smart watches are not something utterly new and never seen before, but if someone can boost the market, it's surely Apple. After all, smartphones and tablets already existed before Apple entered the market, but they were mostly niche products. Once Apple stepped in, it all changed. For a good while, smartphones were almost synonymous with the iPhone. Apple even introduced a new trend of talking to the phone like it's a person when it launched Siri. All things considered, an Apple iWatch may well herald the era of wearable technology.

First of all, Apple's brand is easily recognized anywhere, and almost everybody has heard of it. Second, the company has its own ecosystem and retail channel, and it has proved over time that it can launch a product like no one else can. Apple has always redefined standards and opened new venues for innovation. Where there's Apple, there's usually a great market waiting to be tapped.

The technology may already exist, but Apple has its own way of configuring, customizing and redefining things in a unique manner that draws consumers like bears to honey. Where others create products with great potential but fail to seize mainstream attention, Apple usually hits the jackpot.

Smart watches and wearable technology are in no way exclusively Apple ideas. Nike FuelBand, FitBit, the Pebble smart watch and all sorts of similar devices are already available on the market and link to the iPhone, but Apple has what it takes to turn an option into a must-have. Plus, let's face it: countless consumers would pay extra even for a toilet paper roll if it's the Apple brand. 

 

 

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

Apple, iWatch, wearable technology

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 all colors Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 4 Edge to get Android 5.0.1 Lollipop
Sony Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update set for early 2015
Huawei Honor 6 Plus will reportedly skip Europe, other Western markets
BlackBerry Classic officially launched at $449, reviving most loved design features
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon Logo Amazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC Logo HTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google Downtime Google blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Amazon Prime Now Amazon Prime Now service rocks NYC, offers fast deliveries within the hour
Flipboard for Windows Phone finally available, but requires 1GB of RAM (VIDEO)
Vine gets major update, lets you upload previously-shot videos & more (VIDEO)
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) finally hits Windows Phone – Available as a free download now

Most Popular

Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps
Real Time Analytics