Apple iOS watch rumours grow

It seems to have gone from a minor rumour to the big league in a matter of days. Which means we are now taking the prospect of the iWatch very seriously.

Of course, it could all be a false trail from Apple, but when two media giants are talking up the new device, I think we have to take notice. First up, a Chinese source last year pointed to a 1.5-inch device that would work with the iPhone and iPad. More recently, the New York Times claimed Apple is experimenting with a curved glass watch that would operate via iOS. Suddenly, we're more interested.

Hot on the heels of that came a report from Bloomberg, this time claiming that Apple has around 100 product designers working on a 'wristwatch-like device', which will 'perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad'. Now we're sitting up.

The report also claims that the size of the team indicates the project is beyond an experiment and moves into reality. Analysts are talking it up too, in similarly positive terms.

'The iWatch will fill a gaping hole in the Apple ecosystem,' Bruce Tognazzini, a technology consultant and former Apple employee, wrote in a blog post last week. 'Like other breakthrough Apple products, its value will be underestimated at launch, then grow to have a profound impact on our lives and Apple’s fortunes.'

Watch might be a loose term though. The same report claims that this is more like a 'wearable computing device', doing more than simply telling the time and informing you when an SMS has dropped.

It doesn't sound like the iWatch is ready to launch just yet though, it might well be a project being readied for 2014. Although we expect to hear a lot more about it as 2013 progresses. By the way, that image isn't real (as you might have guessed), it's a rather smart mock up by ADR Studio.

Source: Bloomberg

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