WSJ says Foxconn involved in development of tech that could power Apple wristwatch

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  • Reply 21 of 33


    A watch? Seriously?

  • Reply 22 of 33
    Liquid metal
  • Reply 23 of 33
    I started wearing a watch again about a year ago after getting tired of fishing for my phone every time I wanted to know what time it was.

    I'd _love_ to have something from Apple on my wrist that tells me who's calling, sounds alarms, and provides news updates in addition to telling the time of day.

    The fact that it surely wouldn't work with Windows Phone would be another way of making the iOS platform more sticky.
  • Reply 24 of 33
    Dumbest ideas since Google goggles
  • Reply 25 of 33


    Ya' Know...


     


    Many people don't wear wristwatches anymore, because they always have a cell phone with them.  Others, like myself, carry a cell phone for the necessary, but infrequent, phone call -- while carrying an iPad for reading, apps, surfing -- all the advantages of the larger screen.


     


    Recently, I have been considering what it would be like to carry an iPad Mini with cell phone capabilities -- to eliminate the need to carry the iPhone too.  There are several ways this could work:



    • a BT earphone/microphone that you always wear -- connected to the iPad Mini in your Pack, lap or on the table.


    • holding the iPad Mini to your ear for infrequent private (non speaker) phone calls


    • having a small device about the size of an AppleTV Remote that you hold to your ear


     


    None of these is perfect!


     


    There might be another alternative that isn't perfect either -- but it is better.


     


    I've been playing around with my grandson's iPod Nano 6th generation watch.


     


     


    Here it is with the dial on the inside of my wrist (more about that later):


     



     


    The watch comes with earbuds, touch screen, RAM, Flash Storage  and iOS -- 8GB for $129 and 16GB for $149 in 2012 when it was discontinued.   It also has a clip on the back which adds ~= 50% to the bulk.  It is interesting to recall that the original 2007 iPhone came in 4GB and 8GB models.


     


    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ipod/specs/ipod-6th-generation-6g-multitouch-nano-specs.html


     


     


    The BOM for the 8GB Nano was $43 in 2012.


     



     


    http://appleinsider.com/articles/10/09/28/materials_cost_for_sixth_gen_ipod_nano_estimated_at_43


     


     


    Now, here's the proposition.  What if Apple made a wristwatch, based on the iPad Nano, that included basic cell phone chips + external speaker & microphone?


     


    Here is how it might work:  The watch is worn on the inside of your wrist -- to use it as a phone you merely raise you palm to your ear -- just as you would an iPhone.  Except there is no iPhone in your hand -- nothing!  The iPhone is on your wrist and the accelerometer could turn on directional noise-cancelling speaker and microphone so that you could talk with more privacy that you currently have with the iPhone.


     


    Try it and see -- your hand fits perfectly!


     


    What about dialing, contacts, etc.  Surprisingly, the iPod Nano touch screen would allow a 6 x 4 matrix of keyboard keys that are the same size as the iPhone 5 typewriter kb keys in portrait mode.  The iPad Nano already includes apps for Photos,  iTunes, Radio, Fitness, Clocks and Settings... and easily could have the capability to scroll through/select  contacts.


     


    If apple were to include the same cell radios, WiFi/BT that it includes in the iPhone 5,  it would add $34 + $5 == $39 to the existing $43 for a total BOM of  $82.  Lets add $10 for microphone/speaker and larger battery for a total BOM of $92. (This could be reduced by using 3G instead of 4G).


     


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    http://www.isuppli.com/Teardowns/News/pages/iPhone5-Carries-$199-BOM-Virtual-Teardown-Reveals.aspx


     


     


    So, assumedly, you could buy an unlocked iWatch phone for $200-$250.


     


     


    Your next iPhone could be as plain as the watch in front of your face!


     


     


    You no-longer need to carry a separate iPhone...


     


     


    But it doesn't end there -- when you choose to carry an iPad or iPad Mini (most always for me) the iPad could use the cell radios in the iWatch phone -- no need to spend that extra $129 for iPad data-only cell capability.


     


    Go further -- Apple could offer a package including unlocked iWatch phone and iPad Mini for about the same price (plus a little) as the iPad Mini, alone -- say,


     


    $429  32GB iPad Mini WiFi


    $250  unlocked iWatch phone


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    $679


     


    Package worth $679 sold for $599 -- or $40 more than a $559  32GB  iPad Mini with WiFi + cell data (only)


     


     


    In eine donder und blitzen, Apple addresses the emerging smart phone market, prepaid market and shared data costs.

  • Reply 26 of 33

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by nemaworm View Post


    Wasn't a smartphone type watch announced in Vegas last month?  Called a pebble syncs with your iphone to be able to read your messages and e-mails on your phone....


     


    http://getpebble.com/


     


    If this is true then I wouldn't be surprised if they buy this company up since it has to overlap with features that would be put into a apple watch.  Would be interesting to see the design that apple comes up with since they have more money to throw at R&D.



     


    The problem is this "watch" is in addition to the iPhone -- it needs to replace the iPhone.

  • Reply 27 of 33

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by nunyabinez View Post

    But, I'm sure I'm in the minority.


    You got it.

  • Reply 28 of 33

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by nemaworm View Post


    Wasn't a smartphone type watch announced in Vegas last month?  Called a pebble syncs with your iphone to be able to read your messages and e-mails on your phone....


     


    http://getpebble.com/


     


    If this is true then I wouldn't be surprised if they buy this company up since it has to overlap with features that would be put into a apple watch.  Would be interesting to see the design that apple comes up with since they have more money to throw at R&D.



     


    Pebble was a Kickstarter project - a massively successful one at that. But it is still a small operation. If Apple comes out with an iWatch, they will bury Pebble.


     


    I like Apple for the most part, especially OSX. I switched my mobile stuff to iOS mainly for the integration with OSX, and I'm no hater of Android (other than their horrible tablets). But seriously, the only company I would trust to do a smartwatch right is Apple. I'll buy it if the price is right.

  • Reply 29 of 33
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    You got it.

    1) Don't attack minorities. :D

    2) I haven't worn a watch in years. I'm somewhat interested in those bands that monitor you activity as well as wearable devices that make communication better but I can't say I'd ever go back to wearing a watch that told me the time, date, moon phases, etc. With a smartphone and countless other devices around me I simply have no need. I wonder how many people today due still wear watches for telling time (as opposed to it being a status symbol or part of their prescribed dress).
  • Reply 30 of 33


    I would think pebble would have patents on some of their watch ideas.  So Apple may have to buy them up.

  • Reply 31 of 33

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by nemaworm View Post


    I would think pebble would have patents on some of their watch ideas.  So Apple may have to buy them up.



     


    It takes time and money to apply for a patent. I rather doubt that the people behind a kick starter project have any patents.

  • Reply 32 of 33


    Can't wait for Apple's thermonuclear war on Casio...

  • Reply 33 of 33


    Originally Posted by stike vomit View Post

    Can't wait for Apple's thermonuclear war on Casio...


     


    They'll have to steal Apple's IP first.

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