Over the past few months the rumors of an iWatch by Apple are gathering steam faster than the rumor of the iTV, which Steve Jobs had admittedly cracked according to his autobiography. Bloomberg has run a series of stories that talk about the development of the iWatch, but the latest report says that it will come later this year and would run on an adapted version of iOS, its mobile OS that powers the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch. The Verge has also corroborated this report with its sources. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
The report claims that the iWatch business could be more lucrative than the rumored TV project that Apple is working on. Apple has apparently poured a team of about 100 engineers who are working on the project. According to the report, Apple’s design chief Jonny Ive ordered boxes of Nike Sports watches for his team to study. His teams even visited Nike factories in the mid-2000s. This project has been a long favorite of his. Also Read - Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale top deals: iPhone SE, Poco X3 Pro and more on discount
Apple is betting for 4-5 days of battery life, but current prototypes only last a day. Additionally, because Apple is building the OS, it could have a more elegant solution that would work even after a Bluetooth connection is broken and reconnected, unlike some of the products in the market. Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for it
As far as the feature set is concerned, nothing is set in stone, but there are a lot of features under consideration. Features like making calls, see identity of caller, check map coordinates, pedometer, and sensors for monitoring health can be in play.
Bloomberg claims that Apple has filed for 79 patents that include the word wrist including one for a device that has a flexible screen. Interestingly, this patent also says that the device could be powered by Kinetic Energy.
Looks like 2013, could be the year where wearable computing devices go mainstream. Google co-founder Sergey Brin has already said that its Glass will be available to the public later this year. Apart from this, Pebble is a company that’s generating a lot of interest with its smart watch. Previously, Nike has offered iOS compliant wearable accessories that have tapped the boundaries of wearable computing and an older version of the iPod nano was often converted by people into a watch, by adding watch straps. In fact, even Apple realized the opportunity and added Mickey Mouse watch faces so that users could have customization options.