“Some analysts say Apple will come out with a smartwatch in March to compete in the nascent market alongside Sony, Samsung, Qualcomm and startups like Pebble,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “Apple’s smartwatch is rumored to have a personal health and fitness component like Nike’s FuelBand.”

“Smartwatches, fitness bands and other wearable devices are expected to be a big theme at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,” Seitz reports. “Ten companies are exhibiting in a special CES tech zone called WristRevolution, including Qualcomm, Burg, Dennco Brands, Kronoz, MetaWatch, Neptune Computer and Cookoo-watch maker ConnecteDevice.”

“Wearable technology will gain respect as a new product category this year, but Apple will make it ‘cool,’ Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White said in a research note Friday. He said he expects Apple to launch the iWatch this year,” Seitz reports. “‘It will take a company such as Apple to launch a smartwatch that is actually ‘cool’ to wear in order to drive mass consumer adoption,’ White wrote. ‘In our view, Apple’s expansive digital matrix that seamlessly connects devices, strong balance sheet with unwavering R&D commitment, loyal user base, proven ability to deliver aesthetically pleasing products, well respected brand and strong track record of serving up a unique user experience bodes well for the company’s ability to capitalize on this new market opportunity.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Like personal computers before Macintosh, portable music players before iPod, cellphones before iPhone, and tablets before iPad, it’s déjà vu all over again.

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