Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn announces iPhone-compatible smart watch

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  • Reply 21 of 38
    512ke512ke Posts: 782member
    Pffft. Apple can't get an iPhone with a bigger screen to market.

    They won't have a watch for years at this rate. If ever.

    The competition might or might not be better. But they sure as heck are faster.
  • Reply 22 of 38
    andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
    512ke wrote: »
    Pffft. Apple can't get an iPhone with a bigger screen to market.

    They won't have a watch for years at this rate. If ever.

    The competition might or might not be better. But they sure as heck are faster.

    They current iPhone was a bigger screen than previous.

    Remember when baseball was America's pastime? Now it's Bitching
  • Reply 23 of 38
    Foxconn = Vizio's second largest shareholder.
  • Reply 24 of 38
    evilutionevilution Posts: 1,360member


    Uh... Apple has no watch, "smart" or otherwise.

    And you know this for sure how?

    How do you know that they haven't commissioned Foxconn to make an iwatch before this announcement?
    I'm quite sure they are privy to a fair bit of apple inside info.
  • Reply 25 of 38
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member

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    I'm a mobile tech fan and I'm here to read about all things mobile device related. 



    Pathetic. What a sad life.


  • Reply 26 of 38
    It goes without saying that Apple needs to be VERY careful with its component suppliers, patents and well worded LEGALLY binding contracts may not be enough.

    There may come a day when those suppliers (Samsung/LG/Foxconn etc) say "if you don't like us, find another manufacturer who can do it better".

    Short of manufacturing it themselves Apple are at the mercy of their competitors.

  • Reply 27 of 38
    overlordoverlord Posts: 59member
    red oak wrote: »
    Apple should be extremely clear with them: if you get into the consumer space and compete with us, you risk losing a substantial part or all of our business

    In the meantime, Apple needs to be ramping up alternative suppliers. Like Samsung, it cannot be beholden to a single supplier or partner

    Oh, perhaps Apple can build all gadgets on US, paying the same salary of the chinese/korean workers...
  • Reply 28 of 38
    isteelersisteelers Posts: 738member
    andysol wrote: »
    They current iPhone was a bigger screen than previous.

    Remember when baseball was America's pastime? Now it's Bitching

    True that.
  • Reply 29 of 38
    tommy0gunstommy0guns Posts: 116member


    Apple should rumor the iToilet and watch everyone else try to be first to the market with their own toilet.

  • Reply 30 of 38
    lightknightlightknight Posts: 2,312member
    http://orsto.com --> that's a smartwatch. Everything else is a phone wrist companion, at best.
  • Reply 31 of 38
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,198member
    evilution wrote: »
    And you know this for sure how?

    How do you know that they haven't commissioned Foxconn to make an iwatch before this announcement?
    I'm quite sure they are privy to a fair bit of apple inside info.

    They have no watches announced or for sale. Clear enough?
  • Reply 32 of 38

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    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post





    Last I checked Apple doesn't make a watch nor has announced one. If Foxconn is first to market then Apple would be competing with them not vice versa.


    Not if you are the 'effing manufacturer of the device.


     


    It means you are cloning something that got handed you in a condition of trust. And if your scruples are that bad, you can delay production.


     


     


     


    There needs to be new consideration on this "first to market" for copyright and patent when it's Samsung or FoxConn ripping of companies in a privileged relationship.


     


    I'd hope that other companies shun them in the future -- but with FoxConn, it's not clear that would be possible.


     


    Hopefully this isn't another Samsung-style ripoff and it's a different product than they are producing for Apple. If not, well, here goes the corporate war we've all worried about.

  • Reply 33 of 38

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    Originally Posted by Fatherless One View Post



    It goes without saying that Apple needs to be VERY careful with its component suppliers, patents and well worded LEGALLY binding contracts may not be enough.



    There may come a day when those suppliers (Samsung/LG/Foxconn etc) say "if you don't like us, find another manufacturer who can do it better".



    Short of manufacturing it themselves Apple are at the mercy of their competitors.

     


     


    It's another clear example of how LOW TARIFFS have actually hurt our economy and economic power.

  • Reply 34 of 38
    geekdadgeekdad Posts: 1,131member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Fake_William_Shatner View Post


    Not if you are the 'effing manufacturer of the device.


     


    It means you are cloning something that got handed you in a condition of trust. And if your scruples are that bad, you can delay production.


     


     


     


    There needs to be new consideration on this "first to market" for copyright and patent when it's Samsung or FoxConn ripping of companies in a privileged relationship.


     


    I'd hope that other companies shun them in the future -- but with FoxConn, it's not clear that would be possible.


     


    Hopefully this isn't another Samsung-style ripoff and it's a different product than they are producing for Apple. If not, well, here goes the corporate war we've all worried about.



    IF....everything you just said is true....then Foxconn will be in a world of hurt. I highly doubt Apple gave Foxconn or anyone else info about their product without having legal documents zipped up so tight that they could not even mention the product.


    Think about it....Foxconn would be ruined......most of their business is making products for other companies. If they could not be trusted then.....no one would use them anymore to make their product because they could not be trusted. If what you say is true then Foxconn would be putting their whole company on the line to copy and not yet announced or released Apple product. Apple could sue them into bankruptcy. No one else would use them to make products and they would go out of business.....

  • Reply 35 of 38
    pendergastpendergast Posts: 1,358member
    geekdad wrote: »
    IF....everything you just said is true....then Foxconn will be in a world of hurt. I highly doubt Apple gave Foxconn or anyone else info about their product without having legal documents zipped up so tight that they could not even mention the product.
    Think about it....Foxconn would be ruined......most of their business is making products for other companies. If they could not be trusted then.....no one would use them anymore to make their product because they could not be trusted. If what you say is true then Foxconn would be putting their whole company on the line to copy and not yet announced or released Apple product. Apple could sue them into bankruptcy. No one else would use them to make products and they would go out of business.....

    Because that's what happened to Samsung, right?
  • Reply 36 of 38
    geekdadgeekdad Posts: 1,131member

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    Originally Posted by Pendergast View Post





    Because that's what happened to Samsung, right?


    Exactly my point! Do you not think Apple learned from that and changed their legal contracts to be even more strict? Plus Foxconn is not the conglomerate that Samsung is......they cannot take the loss of business that a legal spat with Apple would cost them. Let alone the legal costs and loss of reputation any fight with Apple would cost them. Think about it.....if your whole business is making parts for other companies..........would you risk your business just to make a watch? IF so then you better make damn sure that watch will turn the business world around and set the world on fire with sales that would make up for everything else you risk losing........You better make soooooo much money from this watch that it will make up for loss of future business and legal woes a war with Apple will cost you.


    You are assuming Apple will make the same mistakes with another supplier. You are assuming Apple will not have the contracts worded to prevent Foxconn from releasing a competing product on their own as a condition for getting Apple's business.

  • Reply 37 of 38
    kdarlingkdarling Posts: 1,640member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Fake_William_Shatner View Post


    Hopefully this isn't another Samsung-style ripoff and it's a different product than they are producing for Apple. If not, well, here goes the corporate war we've all worried about.



     


    It would be a different situation.


     


    In your fantasy scenario, Foxconn rips off an Apple watch design that perhaps Foxconn built prototypes of, right?   In other words, they would know details.


     


    OTOH, Samsung didn't manufacture iPhones.  They only supplied chips at first. No display.  No touchscreen. No case.  No radio chips.   So they would not know what the case or UI design looked like, or even that it was phone and not just an iPod.  They only got to see one after Apple went to market. 


     


    Actually, it would be a little surprising if Foxconn made prototypes of a really new product.  Apple likes secrecy too much.

  • Reply 38 of 38
    Just about every watch works with the iPhone... The HOT smart watch on kickstarter works with Siri and allows for a private phone call. The kickstarter is already way over the goal and ships this fall, that's the route i'm going.
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