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Ticking down to an iWatch debut: Reports say device to arrive this year

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The drumbeat of rumors regarding an Apple-made smart watch continues this week. This time it’s The Verge and Bloomberg saying that an iOS-based “iWatch” should arrive some time before the end of 2013.

After reporting last month that a team of 100 people were working on a smart watch at Apple, Bloomberg is back with a few more details about the device’s capabilities. It says Apple is considering adding caller ID to the iWatch (or whatever the device is called), a pedometer and heart rate monitor, and the ability to make calls and check points on a map.

The Verge also reports a few more details about the current state of the project:

  • That battery life is a big concern: Apple wants the battery to last four to five days on a single charge, but the current prototypes are only lasting “a couple of days.”
  • The operating system would likely be the full version of iOS scaled down to fit on a watch-size display.
  • But iOS isn’t properly equipped for that just yet, and needs more work to make it adaptable to an iWatch.

Buzz surrounding an Apple-made smart watch spiked early last month when several publications reported simultaneously that the company was working on such a device. A former Apple interface designer also laid out a case for why Apple is prepared to develop a device now, and speculated on what such a device could do.

This enthusiasm surrounding a new product category is welcomed by Apple investors, who are becoming impatient for Apple to enter a brand new product category three years after it introduced the first iPad.

2 Responses to “Ticking down to an iWatch debut: Reports say device to arrive this year”

  1. It’d be very interesting to see the public’s reaction to this. It’s Apple so I’m sure it will do fine, but how will the consumers use it? And I’m curious to see how making a phone call from your watch would work. I do agree though that I think its time for Apple to impress us all again with a new device.

    • I read that you wouldn’t make phone calls from your watch. It would only let you know when you received a call, and you would then use your phone for the conversation. This makes sense to me because (1) it would be pretty weird to be talking and listening to your watch, (2) looking at the battery life from an engineering viewpoint, I think the battery life of the watch would be pretty short if it had to deal with audio.