Analysts and investors spend countless hours trying to figure out Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next move in the booming mobile technology market.
It's been long expected that Apple will enter, and hopefully revolutionize, either the wrist watch or television industries. Unfortunately, neither device seems close to hitting the market anywhere in the immediate future.
However, in a recent move, Apple might have tipped its hand ever so slightly about the direction it plans to take at least one of its future devices.
When all else fails, follow the money
Although the implications for Apple's short-term product vision are uncertain, paying attention to both the patents Apple files as well as the acquisitions it makes can provide invaluable clues regarding future Apple products.
In that vein, Apple recently made waves when it acquired Israeli 3D sensor provider PrimeSense. Although Apple remains characteristically tight-lipped about the buyout, sources report the deal was worth $345 million.
So, what could this deal mean for Apple?
In this video, tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner looks at Apple's recent move and the future implications of this buyout.
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