Tech Tuesday: Apple rumors say wristwatch with curved glass on the way
BY ROBERT EVATT World Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
2/12/13 at 6:58 AM
Once again, it's crazy Apple rumor time. According to reports from Chinese-language newspapers, as well as items in the New York Times quoting anonymous sources "familiar with the situation," Apple Inc. is creating a wristwatch with curved glass.
This sounds completely counterintuitive at first glance. Haven't cellphones and their time-telling capabilities made wristwatches redundant?
Then again, maybe it's wristwatches that just tell time that have seen their market shrink. Growing numbers of people are happily wearing activity monitors like Fitbits and Nike FuelBands that can help measure exercise and movement.
Apple products have been used as watches before. The sixth-generation iPod Nano - the device with the perfectly square shape - worked as a serviceable if somewhat chunky smartwatch thanks to wristband accessories.
Assuming the talk is true, Apple wouldn't be the first company to come out with a smartwatch. The recently released Pebble smartwatch links with smartphones over Bluetooth to give you call and message alerts, and it can be customized with various apps.
If nothing else, these Apple rumors just show how unpredictable the tech world can be. I didn't think we'd ever be wearing gadgets on our wrists again, but here we are.
Surface Pro in demand
I'm not a big fan of the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet - long story short, I can't get past the $899 entry price and expensive add-ons - but I can respect that other people might want it.
But these people might be out of luck. ZDNet is reporting that the 128 GB version of the Surface Pro is sold out, with the 64GB version not far behind.
Unfortunately, that's not necessarily a sign of roaring success just yet. ZDNet says it also found out that most stores received only a few Pros, with some stores getting just one.
So far, Microsoft Corp. isn't saying what's causing the shortage. Its only official statement is that it's working to replenish supplies as fast as possible.
Microsoft would love to capture Apple's magic, but I'm not sure it was hoping to emulate Apple's product scarcity.
Original Print Headline: Next up from Apple: A wristwatch?
Fitbit's activity monitor is an example of new wrist-worn tech. Bloomberg file