We normally don’t post about Apple rumors, because they’re often wrong or incomplete. However, rumors of an upcoming Apple wristwatch may have just hit a critical mass. Respected organizations like Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, The Verge, and The New York Times have all independently reported that the so-called “iWatch” will be Apple’s next product. Rumor has it that the watch will run on a version of iOS and could release this year. Read on for more details.
In an article last month, The New York Times said that the iWatch will be a “curved glass” device that will run iOS. This curved glass idea fits in with a new type of bendable glass produced by Corning, the company that makes the “Gorilla Glass” that’s currently used in iOS devices. Here’s a video showing off the company’s bendable glass.
Today Bloomberg reported that their sources say Apple has a team of 100 product designers working on a “wristwatch-like device.” The watch may be able to make and receive calls, access location and map information, and even track fitness data like heart rate and the number of steps walked. Bloomberg says the watch may be released as early as this year.
An article posted today at The Verge says that they’ve heard the famous Apple designer Jony Ive is running the watch project. Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design, is also responsible for the design of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The Verge adds that the watch will run on a modified version of iOS that’s different from (and presumably more powerful than) the software that currently runs the iPod Nano.
While hese rumors look increasingly strong, Apple has yet to announce anything on the subject. You don’t have to be a financial analyst to know that Apple has been losing investor confidence over the past few months– their stock has fallen 30% since September of last year. A new product could bolster their stock price and get investors excited again about the company’s future. If an Apple watch does release later this year, it would be just in time, because Google is set to release their wearable computing device, Google Glass, by the end of the year.
The next question is, will the Apple watch run games?