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Apple reportedly testing curved glass smartwatch

Company said to be exploring a move into wearable computing

Apple is reportedly experimenting with wristwatch-like devices that would perform some functions of a smartphone.

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Sources told the New York Times that such devices would be made of glass capable of curving around the human body.

Insiders also claimed that the so-called smartwatch would operate on Apple's iOS platform, although its likely feature set remains unclear.

It's speculated that it could be voice controlled, offer map software, receive text messages, monitor a user's daily activity, and be capable of making mobile payments.

The Wall Street Journal also claims Apple has already held exploratory discussions about the project with major manufacturing partner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a report last month: "We believe technology could progress to a point where consumers have a tablet plus wearable computers, like watches or glasses, that enable simple things like voice calls, texting, quick searches, navigation. These devices are likely to be cheaper than an iPhone and could ultimately be Apple's best answer to addressing emerging markets."

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