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  • Apple's iWatch Said to Launch in 2014 with Focus on Biometrics


    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has previously provided accurate information about Apple’s future plans, recently issued a new research report this week outlining his expectations for Apple’s rumored smart watch device, dubbed the “iWatch.” Despite certain rumors of the device launching later this year, Kuo believes that both hardware and software issues will result in the iWatch making its debut sometime in the second half of 2014. According to Kuo:

    Apple may not have adequate resources to develop an iWatch version of iOS because it may require big changes to iPhone and iPad iOS this year. In addition, wearable device components aren’t mature. For these reasons, we think mass production of the iWatch is more likely to begin in 2H14, not 2H13 as the market speculates.

    When it comes to the hardware front, Kuo projects that the iWatch will use a 1.5-2.0 inch display and unsurprisingly believes that Apple will draw on the iPod Nano when it comes to components, particularly with respect to the main processor and the touch technology. This isn’t too much of a surprise given the iPod Nano watch kits providing a good foundation as of right now. Kuo said the following about the topic:

    Currently, the iPod nano uses the same GF2 touch technology as used by the iPad mini. Since the size and computing ability requirements of the iWatch are similar to those of the iPod nano, we think iWatch will use iPod nano’s GF2 touch technology and AP [application processor].
    Kuo believes that biometrics will be a key feature for the iWatch, allowing for increased security and opening the door to broader health-related applications. The biometric support should also aid in building out the cross-device integration many expect to see from the iWatch. As of right now, devices like the Nike+ FuelBand and other wearables offer pedometer functions and in some cases, heart rate monitoring. If such functionality were to be built into Apple’s watch, it could open new doors to the healthcare hardware industry.

    The rumors of the smart watch project have been relatively quiet over the past few months, so we’ll have to wait and see if any concrete evidence or information surfaces.

    Source: KGI Securities via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's iWatch Said to Launch in 2014 with Focus on Biometrics started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. wiipro's Avatar
      wiipro -
      How to get it in a few days:
      1. Buy an iPod Shuffle (Touchscreen)
      2. But a case that wraps around your
      wrist for the iPod.
      3.Put it in.

      YOUR DONE! Now when you want a watch, open clock!
      And it has radio, music, photos and more!
    1. scuba's Avatar
      scuba -
      Quote Originally Posted by wiipro View Post
      How to get it in a few days:
      1. Buy an iPod Shuffle (Touchscreen)
      2. But a case that wraps around your
      wrist for the iPod.
      3.Put it in.

      YOUR DONE! Now when you want a watch, open clock!
      And it has radio, music, photos and more!
      I think you mean an Ipod Nano 6th gen.
      I am wearing one now...the shuffle has no screen.
    1. REMED1AL's Avatar
      REMED1AL -
      This will get Apple into the door of the highly lucrative health industry for yet another market with huge potential. Even if initially it's basic it will be far more than an iPod Nano with a wrist case!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      If this thing does what the fitbit can do + more then I really want one!
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Screw fitness stuff, I see this watch for elderly people.
      I see an "I've fallen and I can't get up!" app and "911" app for those who is prone serious problems like heart attack... Can I get a copyright or trademark on this one???
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Screw fitness stuff, I see this watch for elderly people.
      I see an "I've fallen and I can't get up!" app and "911" app for those who is prone serious problems like heart attack... Can I get a copyright or trademark on this one???
      LOL, no, but you win an 'I'm A Doosh' hat to wear when you're out in public.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Screw fitness stuff, I see this watch for elderly people.
      I see an "I've fallen and I can't get up!" app and "911" app for those who is prone serious problems like heart attack... Can I get a copyright or trademark on this one???
      go for it. apple's pretty laid back about intellectual property stuff lol
    1. zeppy's Avatar
      zeppy -
      This will be a great product if Apple executes it properly.

      However a bad feeling exists; the iWatch biometrics capability might be used to snoop on personal biometric data and unique health conditions and then transmit this data to big brother government, insurance companies and healthcare institutions without knowledge or consent!

      To Apple Management: Don't screw this product up like you have screwed up so many others!