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The tech giant is already in talks with manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. for the new device

It's common for people to carry more than one portable device these days. When we're not glued to our smartphones, we typically have a laptop or tablet nearby for heavier workloads or just the convenience of a bigger screen. But Apple is looking to add another must-have device to our growing collection.

Apple is currently testing designs for a smart watch, which would act like a small-scale iPhone. According to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Apple could be using bendable glass (such as that made by Corning) to create a watch that curves with the human body.

The tech giant is already in talks with manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. for the new device. Hon Hai has been working on new technologies for wearable devices, such as more efficient displays and chips at that size.

However, Apple has released no design or feature details yet. The device is still in early testing, but it is expected to be very different from current wearable devices. It could have a range of apps available on-the-go as well as features like GPS.

Many popular wearable devices today, such as Jawbone and Nike's FuelBand, are used to keep an eye on physical activity. These devices can be linked to a smartphone to help people keep track of their fitness goals.

Smart watches attempted to make an introduction long before now, but failed. For instance, Microsoft tried out a smart watch concept called SPOT (smart personal objects technology) in 2003, but it didn't go anywhere.

WIMM, a Silicon-Valley based tech company, introduced its WIMM Wearable Platform back in 2011. But again, the idea just didn't seem to take off.

Considering Apple's success in the mobile realm, it'd be no surprise that the Cupertino giant could lead the way to the next evolutionary step in mobile devices: smart technology right on your wrist.

Sources: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal

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Who needs a watch?
By CaedenV on 2/11/2013 12:31:23 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe it is just me, but I got my first cell phone back in 2001, and the minute I realized it had a clock on there was the minute I stopped wearing a watch.

Come to think of it, we don't have any clocks in the house... just our phones and computers. Our microwave can't keep time, so that clock is disabled, and our stove has a timer, but no clock. I guess our thermostat has one... but we never look at that. Kinda odd, but I think watches are one thing that people simply do not need more of unless they are using it as jewelry which increases in value (or at least retains value) rather than a wrist computer that is simply going to be worth less and less with each revision that comes out after it.

RE: Who needs a watch?
By ERROR666 on 2/11/2013 1:32:23 PM , Rating: 3
Not true. I definitely need my watch. Searching for cellphone every time you need to know the time is not convenient and you cannot take your cellphone with you for a swim. A good watch on the other side is always with you and can take any beating you can and in many cases much more.

My watch has been with me in saunas, camping trips, beaches and pools, even in the Dead Sea. No cellphone or smart watch would survive this.

RE: Who needs a watch?
By CaedenV on 2/11/2013 1:44:45 PM , Rating: 2
Considering you have been to the Dead Sea I am going to go out on a limb and say you are not an 'average user', and even then you are not going to have a need for an iWatch.

... would an iWatch create customer confusion with appleTV?

RE: Who needs a watch?
By ERROR666 on 2/11/2013 3:15:18 PM , Rating: 2
definitely not an iwatch.. for me watch=Gshock

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