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Rumor: Apple, Intel Working on iWatch for 2013

By - Source: SlashGear | B 23 comments

Apple is supposedly working on a Smart Watch, and Intel is somehow involved.

Currently there are a number of "smart" watches on the market that connect to Android-based smartphones via Bluetooth. These devices merely serve to extend the mobile device functionality by flashing push notifications like the latest email received, incoming call info and more. Sony's SmartWatch is a good example, pushing music control, weather information, Twitter alerts and more to the user's wrist.

A new rumor has surfaced reporting that Apple has teamed up with Intel to create the iWatch for a 2013 release. While the idea of an iOS-based watch makes total sense for the fruity company, teaming up with Intel does not given that Apple has yet to rely on the x86 chip giant in its mobile product lineup. The team-up seems even more less likely given that the watch will reportedly connect to an ARM-based iPhone and iPad via a Bluetooth connection.

According to the rumor, the iWatch will come packed with a 1.5-inch PMOLED display made by RiTDisplays and protected by ITO-coated glass. Bluetooth 4.0 will be used to transfer information from the mobile device to the watch itself. Unfortunately, that's it for actual details, leaving the rest of the spec list open to speculation.

The Smart Watch sector is an emerging market, one that may take flight in 2013 if there's enough interest. Apple will undoubtedly want to transform this market much like it did with the smartphone and tablet sectors, creating a high demand for a gadget consumers previously thought they could live without. The iWatch will need its own apps to install and internal storage so that users can take their music anywhere without having to rely on an iPhone or iPad connection.

SlashGear points out that Apple's blocky 6th-generation iPod Nano has been extremely popular as a watch, much so that Apple has released several watch faces. This model, which looks like a watch without a band, features an ARM-based Samsung SoC, and a 1.54-inch (diagonal) color TFT display with 240 x 240-pixel resolution (220 pixels per inch). Its overall size is 1.48 (H) x 1.61 (W) x 0.35 (D) -inches, and there are even straps for sale that can turn it into a wearable device.

Apple may already be aware that there's a demand for an iOS-based smart watch. The 6th generation iPod Nano is still selling extremely well – and for a high price – despite that it was officially discontinued on September 12, 2012. For example, a used 8 GB version is still selling on Amazon for $130 USD whereas Best Buy is selling the new 7th generation iPod Nano 16 GB model for $140.

Still, it will be interesting to see how the involvement with Intel will play out -- if the rumor is true -- given the chip giant had nothing to do with the current iPod Nano. Would you wear a Smart Watch offered by Apple?


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    wardoc22 , January 4, 2013 4:08 AM

    I chuckled
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    math1337 , January 4, 2013 4:23 AM
    Drop the new atom in a watch to show how much intel fabs can do to power efficiency...
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    anxiousinfusion , January 4, 2013 4:24 AM
    No! We just spent the last two decades killing the watch! Let's keep it dead!
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    mayankleoboy1 , January 4, 2013 4:34 AM
    iWatch ?

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    bustapr , January 4, 2013 4:42 AM
    why make an "iWatch" if they already have the iPod nano. Itd be really retarded if they make a dedicated watch.
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    sivaseemakurthi , January 4, 2013 5:20 AM
    Too many rumors these days!
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    guvnaguy , January 4, 2013 6:31 AM
    Is it really necessary for people to receive notifications on their watch when their phone is in their pocket???
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    pckitty4427 , January 4, 2013 6:52 AM
    Didn't someone make an android watch more than a year ago?
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    doive1231 , January 4, 2013 6:59 AM
    This could be a stepping stone to something more interesting considering bendable phones are on the horizon. How about a plastic glove with all of your info facing you.
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    freggo , January 4, 2013 7:21 AM
    Thanks, but I just keep my Rolex.
    Just got a new one on a Christmas sale on 42nd street. $69.95, a real steal the vendor told mel :-)

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    gtaking112 , January 4, 2013 7:30 AM

    Quick do it before apple patents it!

    UPDATE: too late.
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    Cons29 , January 4, 2013 9:26 AM
    a watch that you need to recharge every sooo often? no thanks.
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2013 10:49 AM
    Watch the patents for "a device that presents the user with time in a digital format" come rolling in...
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    mt2e , January 4, 2013 11:15 AM
    Talk about straight up useless....this is mind-blowingly the stupidest product I'v ever heard of.
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2013 12:49 PM
    And the iSheep will laud it as the greatest invention ever, and buy them by the truckload... Get a life...
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    itzdanielp , January 4, 2013 1:31 PM
    Citizen already makes a pretty sweet watch that sync's up to iPhones. I am not sure how much I like some of the features, but it is a sweet looking watch.
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    remingtonh , January 4, 2013 1:39 PM
    gtaking112@doive1231 Quick do it before apple patents it!UPDATE: too late.

    You know the own the watch...
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    goodegg , January 4, 2013 2:31 PM
    So instead of annoyingly looking at your phone 11 times an hour during a meeting, you can annoyingly look at your watch 11 times an hour during a meeting. Which is more disrespectful is left to the user as an exercise.

    Except for specific users, watches are jewelry and really don't even need to tell the time any more.
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    drbaltazar , January 4, 2013 4:00 PM
    only reason why iwatch might fail is the unsexiness of it!if apple can muster its krew and cook up a very good looking device (all aluminum around the edge a la their cellphone)with front and back gorilla glass 3 colored with optional do you look good front and back etc ?they might have a new hot sell!we ll have to wait and see!hopefully they ll put some feature on the wrist holding thing .(bracelet)like a flexible Samsung display?wait they cant they re in court vs them lol!
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    tuffjuff , January 4, 2013 4:29 PM
    mgilbertAnd the iSheep will laud it as the greatest invention ever, and buy them by the truckload... Get a life...

    "Get a life" as you comment on a *rumor* about something you don't like. Irony.
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