Apple Vs Microsoft: When comparing Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) devices to those from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), it is easy to see which company comes out on top in terms of sales. But despite the fact that Apple has had more success in the past, this doesn’t mean anything in the future. Just because the iPad, for example, is more popular than the Surface Pro doesn’t guarantee the same with future product releases.
According to this piece by the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is working on a “touch-enabled watch device.”
Many have linked something similar to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), potentially an “iWatch.”
While there is no official confirmation from Microsoft Corporation at this time, if true, it will be interesting to see if the company is able to release a product that can truly change the industry forever. After all, you know this is what Apple Inc. is hoping to do if/when it finally releases a similar product.
In addition to the question of which company will take a smart watch to market first, there is something else to focus on: is it worth the time, energy, resources, and money?
While there is no denying the fact that a smart watch from either company will garner a lot of attention, it is hard to say if people will actually purchase the device.
Young consumers will likely fall in love, along with those who want to be “first to the punch.” However, it is hard to say if such a device could stand up to the test of time. This is particularly true if the watch does not differentiate itself, with the right feature list, from the smartphone.
In this Wall Street Journal piece, Yuanta Securities analyst Vincent Chen chimed in by adding:
“A smart watch can’t replace a smartphone even though the watch may be able to make calls. The small screen of a watch means the viewing experience won’t be good. It is especially hard for elderly people to read information on the watch.”
The question of who gets to market first, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), continues to be a big one. Whichever company is first will find out if the decision was a good one.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Microsoft Corporation and Apple Inc. are both working on a smart watch? Who are you putting your money on? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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