It seems the smartwatch train is chugging along with no sign of stopping. We've been dropping rumors about Apple's drive to create one of the devices over the past several months, and now it looks as though Microsoft's ready to jump into the race. Indeed, based on a report in The Verge this morning, it's apparently much farther along than its rival over in Cupertino. Reportedly, the prototype's already moved from the company's Xbox team and into the hands of its Surface tablet developers.
So apparently some of you are really into this whole smartwatch thing. We still don't have many ideas about what to expect from Apple's take on the tech, but apparently Pebble's smartwatch received as many as 275,000 preorders through Kickstarter and Best Buy before its launch last week. You can bet Apple's taking note.
Not too long ago (and perhaps even now, in some circles), there existed a widespread belief that owning an Apple product was a symbol of status. That's not so much the case anymore, what with Apple's dominance of multiple technology markets, but judging from Apple's hiring of former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve today, Apple might be looking to recapture some of that old mystique.
An Apple-produced smartwatch may still exist only in the realm of rumor, but that isn't stopping third-party manufacturers from producing iOS-compatible smartwatches of their own. Enter Foxconn's smart wristband. According to the Want China Times, the iOS-compatible machine can measure your heartbeat and respiration, in addition to checking phone calls and making Facebook posts.