Apple Outfoxed By Foxconn Smartwatch?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by pwfletcher, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. pwfletcher, Jul 1, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2013

    pwfletcher macrumors regular

    May 2, 2002
    I thought Foxconn Worked for Apple? They announced a new Foxconn smartwatch today ... just before Apple is supposed to release the iWatch

    Foxconn smartwatch

    It looks more like a Nike Fuelband, but I can't believe that Apple is too happy about this. Maybe they did it because Apple is moving manufacturing back home to the US.
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Not exclusively no. Foxconn is, more aptly, a supplier (parts and labor) to Apple. Samsung is also a supplier (memory chips) to Apple.

    1. That looks just like the Microsoft watch dumped after a couple of years. Apple's offering is rumored to have a flexible display.

    2. IMO, the rumored iWatch may turn out to be a smoke screen.
  3. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Foxconn is a manufacturing company, they have multiple contractors including Apple, Samsung and Sony. You also realize that different parts of companies do different things, right? Samsung supplies displays to Apple but also makes cell phones, Apple isn't cutting ties with them for this, nor should they.
  4. pwfletcher thread starter macrumors regular

    May 2, 2002
    I know ... but I assume they would have some sort of non compete agreement.
  5. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Apple doesn't make a watch. You are suggesting they have an agreement in place that prevents Foxconn/Hon Hai from making anything that Apple might make in the future at some point. To me that sounds ridiculous.
  6. Tom G. macrumors 68020

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    If the Smartfitty watch shown in the video is what you're talking about, then it doesn't impress me at all, and neither Apple nor Google have anything to worry about.

    I say this as an owner of a Pebble Smartwatch, the only true smart watch out there. :D
  7. pwfletcher thread starter macrumors regular

    May 2, 2002
    Ooops ... you're right. I posted the wrong link ... I fixed it now. I wasn't discussing the SmartFitty, I was discussing the Foxconn entry. It just seems odd that they are now transitioning from a supply company for others to making their own products.
  8. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    Even more than ridiculous. It's nonsensical. Nobody would be able to partner with anybody since any company can potentially get into any market segment at any time.

    The fact that Apple and Samsung are partners (in that Apple buys components from Samsung) means that no such agreement exists.

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