IT is believed to be Apple’s next big thing - yet the secretive firm has not made a single comment about it. However, that hasn’t stopped people around the world speculating on exactly what an ‘iWatch’ might look like and how it would work.
Designers have even revealed their take on Apple’s new ‘smart watch’ with professional looking mockups of the device, ranging from a glass cuff to a ‘claw’ design. The rumours started when Chinese websites reported in December that the computer giant is working with chip-maker Intel on a wrist-worn gadget.
It is thought to have a 1.5inch screen and uses Bluetooth to communicate with other devices, which could include an iPhone. The ‘iWatch’ will go on sale at some point this year, the report claimed. Chinese site Tech.163 said Intel has developed a Smart Watch that Apple is interested in.
The watch in question has a 1.5 OLED display with indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass, and uses Bluetooth to communicate with a user’s iPhone. It is believed the iWatch will run a version of iOS, the same software as the iPhone and iPad, allowing apps to be easily downloaded.
Releasing a watch could also help it compete with Google, which claims it will release ‘Google Glass’, a headset with a screen, this year.
The rumours come after an independent attempt to create a smart watch, called Pebble, became a huge success online.
Its inventors used Kickstarter to try and raise $10,000 so they could develop it - but instead raised $10million, and hope to begin production soon.
‘Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century,’ say its creators. ‘It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watch faces and useful internet-connected apps. The watch will connect via Bluetooth, and alert users to incoming messages via vibrations - and apps bring Pebble to life.’
‘Cyclists can use Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on your smartphone to display speed, distance and pace data. Runners get a similar set of data displayed on their wrist. Use the music control app to play, pause or skip tracks on your phone with the touch of a button.’ –DM