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Foxconn Unveils its own iPhone-Compatible Smartwatch

by Jacob Kleinman | June 27, 2013June 27, 2013 5:55 pm PDT

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Perhaps tired of waiting on Apple iWatch rumors and looking to gain a lead in the emerging wearable technology market, Foxconn debuted an iOS-smartwatch of its own on Wednesday. The Chinese manufacturer, best known for assembling iPhones and iPads, debuted the new device at a shareholders meeting yesterday with a three minute demo, Want China Times reports.

Foxconn’s smartwatch syncs with an iPhone to display phone calls and Facebook posts. It can also track the wearer’s vitals, including heartbeat and respiration, and alerts the user if they’re not in good shape, offering advice for how to improve their health. Foxconn founder and chairman Terry Gou also promised more features to come, teasing fingerprint recognition. Oddly, though, we can’t see a screen and it looks more like a Nike Fuelband than an actual watch.

The news comes amid growing rumors that Apple is working on an smartwatch of its own. Just last month Economic Times reported that an iWatch prototype was in development and that Foxconn had received an order to manufacture 1,000 units. But the Chinese company is apparently more interested in launching its own products, even if it means hurting its already strained relationship with Apple.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...