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Cake turns Apple Watch into a tiny iPhone replacement

Cake supposedly turns the Apple Watch into a tiny smartphone alternative. (Image: Cake)
Cake supposedly turns the Apple Watch into a tiny smartphone alternative. (Image: Cake)
A new gadget supposedly turns the Apple Watch into an extremely compact smartphone replacement and allows music streaming and navigation along with features such as phone calls and contactless payment. The design is strongly reminiscent of a certain AI gadget.

Cake is a start-up that is currently working on a case and an app for the Apple Watch, which is intended to make possible the use of the smartwatch as an iPhone replacement - albeit with limitations.

These limitations are being advertised because, similar to the new Nokia phones, the absence of social networks, online shopping and TikTok means that users are likely to be less distracted. The functions advertised by the team behind Cake are nothing new for smartwatches such as the Apple Watch Series 9, as users will still be able to make phone calls, stream music, use navigation apps, record voice memos and make contactless payments, among other things. 

The design of the plastic housing into which the Apple Watch is inserted is somewhat peculiar, as it is suspiciously reminiscent of the Rabbit R1 AI gadget, albeit more rounded. The digital crown is quickly converted into a scroll wheel and the back of the smartwatch remains free so that the magnetic charging cable can still be used. What the team is keeping quiet about: in order to use an Apple Watch as a smartphone replacement, an iPhone is still required to set up the smartwatch, while users need an additional smartphone contract for the watch.

Cake is currently still developing a prototype, which, as soon as it is functional, will be financed through a Kickstarter campaign. Those wanting to keep an eye on the project can find information about Cake on the official website as well as on the start-up's X-channel.


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Hannes Brecher, 2024-05-14 (Update: 2024-05-14)