Apple may or may not be making a smartwatch, but that’s not stopping its partner, Hon Hai Precision Industry – better known by it’s trading name, Foxconn – from making an iPhone compatible watch of its own.
Hon Hai unveiled it’s first smartwatch today at a shareholders meeting. The device can connect wirelessly to an iPhone and provides data on users’ vitals, such as heartbeat and respiration. The smartwatch can even check phone calls and Facebook posts.
Oh, and remember how the iPhone 5S might be getting a fingerprint sensor? Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou said they’re working to add that to their smartwatch in the future along with some other health features.
It’s been rumored for months that Apple is working on its own smartwatch that might be released later this year. The iWatch is rumored to have a curved touch-display running a variant of iOS. It’s rumored that health monitoring and connectivity to iOS devices will also be big features. For a better look at what the iWatch may look like, check out this gallery of mock-ups.
Hon Hain didn’t announce a name or release date for its new smartwatch, but given that the product is one of the company’s first hardware products, and its Chinese roots, we wouldn’t get our hopes up on seeing it hit the U.S. too soon.
- Source Want China Times