Tim Cook unsure about Google Glass, but very interested in wearable tech

Tim Cook unsure about Google Glass, but very interested in wearable tech

On stage at the D11 conference this evening, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about wearable devices such as Google Glass and fitness bands. While he didn’t comment directly about Apple’s explorations into wearable technology, he commented on Google Glass, wondering if perhaps its appeal was limited. People wear glasses because they have to, not because they want to, he said, and he doubted many people under 20 still wore watches.

Cook did note that the market for wearable sensor devices, such as the Nike Fuelband and other fitness devices, is growing rapidly. He also commented that the iPhone jump started Apple, and the iPad accelerated it, and perhaps wearables could do that again.

Nothing to announce immediately though, of course. So, is that yes to wearables but no to glasses or watches? What does that leave us with, an Apple broach, like on Star Trek?

Source: AllThingsD

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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Re: "People wear glasses because they have to, not because they want to, he said, and he doubted many people under 20 still wore watches."

Boom. Maybe in 10 years, Google can work on Google Contacts, so you can see Google's ad spam without wearing glasses. You know, like the smart contacts in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. But with more ads.

And boom. There's probably a market for smart watches. But is it big enough for Apple? Is it really worth their time and effort? Certainly doesn't seem like a game changer.