Is Apple eyeing an iWatch?
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After creating the
iPod, iPhone, and
iPad, is Apple now working on an iWatch?
A report cited by Business Insider claims that Apple has partnered with Intel to develop an iOS watch. Supply chain sources reportedly told Chinese blog site Tech163.com that the watch would be Bluetooth-enabled and sport a 1.5-inch OLED screen.
The so-called smart watch would debut sometime in the first half of next year.
Other sources have chimed in on the concept, with Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster saying he thinks wearable computing is a line that Apple might eventually get into. And as noted by The Next Web, a Kickstarter campaign has raised more than $10 million from backers convinced of the demand for a smart watch.
Based on just the one report from Tech163.com, this bit of “news” is decidedly in the rumor stage. So I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the iWatch just yet. Still, a smart watch represents another area where Apple could see heavy interest and demand.
Earlier this year, Crave readers shared with CNET their dream Apple products. The winner described his as a souped-up iPod Nano watch with futuristic features like wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and/or NFC) and support for Siri and FaceTime.
And it’s not exactly unfamiliar territory for Apple.
With their small and square design, previous versions of the iPod Nano have done double-duty as watches. Different manufacturers sell watchbands that you can attach to the Nano to wear it on your wrist.
Aside from displaying the time, the Nano can play music, display photos, and keep track of your fitness history. I have a Nano with a watchband and often wear it when I go jogging or walking.
Apple bumped up the size of the 2012 Nano so it can’t serve as a watch. Instead, the company could conceivably have a true smart watch in its sights as the next technology frontier to conquer.