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Ming Kuo weighs in on the iWatch, expects biometric functionality


As far as Apple rumors go, Ming Kuo, from KGI Securities has the best track record. In a recent note to investors, Kuo mentions the “iWatch” and says the company’s foray into wearable computing is likely to include a focus on biometrics.

According to Apple Insider – which obtained a copy of Kuo’s note to investors – Kuo doesn’t expect the iWatch to be introduced any time soon and suggests late 2014 is a likely target date.

Though iWatch is only a speculative name at this point, Apple’s naming conventions have become pretty predictable and seeing as this device will supposedly be worn on the wrist, iWatch is an obvious conclusion.

According to Kuo’s note, this device should not be thought of as a time-telling device, will use either a 1.5 or 2 inch panel, and is likely to leverage GF2 touchscreen technology.

In terms of biometrics, Kuo believes the device will feature a “secure user identification mechanism,” as well as “biometric functionality” – the specifics of which are obviously unknown.

Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Kuo has also predicted that the next iPhone will be released in the third quarter of 2013 and will feature a fingerprint sensor.

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2 Replies to “Ming Kuo weighs in on the iWatch, expects biometric functionality”

  1. I posed and posted this question 3 months ago to a few biometrics groups on LinkedIn: “Can Apple’s iWatch/iWrist open up a considerable market potential (wearable computing) for mature and soon-to-be-mature types of biometrics and management software?”

    Adam: I just added your post’s title & link to those posts.

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