Reports: Apple Trademarks 'iWatch' In Japan
July 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM (PT)
The long-rumors APPLE iWATCH may be closer to reality, as multiple media sources are now reporting that APPLE filed to trademark "iWATCH" in JAPAN on JUNE 3rd. The follows FEBRUARY revelations when sources told BLOOMBERG that "the company has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPHONE and iPAD."
Yet that doesn't jive with the mixed signals emanating from APPLE CEO TIM COOK, who at one time called the concept of an smartwatch "interesting," but at another, FORBES reports, was quoted as saying, "There’s nothing that’s going to convince a kid who has never worn glasses or a band or a watch to wear one, or at least I haven’t seen it."
What's more, SONY launched its own smart watch last year, and more recently KICKSTARTER backers are investing in a PEBBLE smartwatch, which pairs with a smartphone to deliver text messages, weather reports or TWITTER updates straight to the user’s wrists. But as FORBES notes, "Neither of them has, so far at least, really set the market alight. Then again, one of APPLE’s great skills is in taking something that already exists and then sprinkling their design pixie dust over it, so who knows?"