The possibility of Apple releasing an adventurous iWatch gadget this year appeared to have died down after initial rumors failed to gain momentum after appearing towards the end of 2012. However, as we enter February 2013, it appears that the secretive project is well and truly alive with two major publications now stating it as fact that Apple are now in testing stages with prototypes of the iWatch which reportedly has the iOS software integrated into it.
The idea of an iWatch as a mainstream gadget is suspect at first, but you can bet your house on it that Apple will find a way to make it appealing to consumers so it flies off the shelves upon release. Texting would appear to be hampered on such a small display and Siri still isn’t at the stage where it can successfully input voice dictation with 100% accuracy at all times.
Viewing emails, checking stocks and messages sent from friends would be a nice little package though that is available as a replacement to your current watch. Last year it was just mere speculation, but both The New York Times and WSJ have both said over the weekend that the device is definitely being considered by Apple.
The iWatch is thought to feature tight iOS integration with the iPhone, which would include wearable-friendly features such as mapping, mobile payments, voice searching with Siri and also app notifications. The watch could also serve as a second call or message reminder if you happen to place your iPhone on silent the majority of the day and often miss calls as a result.
What we didn’t hear in the new reports was a potential release or announcement for the device. If Apple are supposedly in the testing stages already, then perhaps the iWatch is up for consideration for a WWDC 2013 reveal. If not, then we may see a separate event in Fall 2013 again as we have seen with iPhone and iPad reveals in the past.
What are your honest opinions on an iWatch. Would you have no problems rocking one of these in the street or on public transport?