Apple might be looking to lend a helping hand to those of you who are particularly prone to sunburns or are otherwise sensitive to harmful UV rays. One analyst believes the company will include a new UV exposure sensor in its so-called “iWatch.” The sensors would likely come from Austin, Texas-based Silicon Labs according to a recent note from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis. Silicon Labs announced the new sensors in February, claiming that they are the industry’s first single-chip digital UV index sensors.
According to Curtis:
These chips measure UV exposure to aid those with elevated risk of sunburn or just a general concern about excessive sun exposure, and we believe they may be of appealing [sic] to OEMs looking to differentiate in a crowded market.
The Cupertino California company’s business could be worth as much as $4 million in additional revenue for Silicon Labs this year according to Curtis. He predicts Apple may sell as many as 10 million iWatches before the end of 2014 if the product debuts later this year as rumored.
Source: Barron’s (blog)