Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Reports Hint At Possible iOS-Powered Watch Is In The Works

iPod Nano with Watch Strap
iPod Nano with Watch Strap
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Reports coming from the sleeping dragon hints at the possibility that Apple are working with Intel to develop its own iOS-powered watch.

Following the release of the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad, Apple may be working on an iOS-powered watch. Sources within the supply chain have reportedly informed, a China-based blog site, that a supposed iOS-powered watch will have a 1.5-inch OLED screen display and Bluetooth connectivity.

The “iWatch” is expected to be unveiled by Apple in the first half of the year.

According to Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, Apple may eventually develop its own wearable computer or an iOS-powered watch. The smart watch demand is likely big enough following the Kickstarter campaign was able to raise over $10 million for Pebble. These smart watches will likely be running an Android OS or the iOS.

However, reports such as these remain unconfirmed, and it should be taken with a grain of salt. Some industry watchers are not expecting an iOS-powered watch to be released into the market any time soon. But the smart watch niche may be an area that Apple can see a possible demand in the future.

Some consumers have also given feedback through Crave on the possibility that an iOS-powered watch may be offered by Apple in the future. Among the features that consumers want to see on the smart watch is support for FaceTime and Siri along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC wireless connectivity.

The square-like design of the iPod Nano has made it an ideal watch substitute for some users. A number of manufacturers have offered watchbands that will allow the iPod Nano to be worn as a watch. The iPod Nano allows users to listen to music, view images, and monitor their fitness activities.

However, Apple has increased the size of the 2012 model of the iPod Nano, which would not make it ideal to be used as a watch. Therefore, it may be possible for the company to offer an iOS-powered watch in the future.

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