The big news this week from close sources at Apple sight that designs have been made and pre-production models produced of a so-called iWatch (or whatever, if anything, Apple decide to call it). Its a logical, but certainly not unique concept from the californian based company and in my my humble opinion Apple need something new to help prevent the recent slide in its share price.
According to various (trusted) sources including The Wall Street Journal, long time Apple product maker, Foxconn, have been in talks with Apple on various ‘wearable’ devices including the iWatch. But what can we expect of this wrist-based technology and what sort of competition will Apple be up against?
One of the first wrist-based watches has to be the great Pebble Watch. To be honest they don’t set the world (or your wrist!) alight with the latest technology, since they will connect wirelessly (bluetooth in this case) to your main device, such as a iOS or Android Smartphone – offering bi-directional communications for phone calls, calendars, music, without the need for getting your phone out your pocket.
Pebble Watch – functions at a glance (pre-order at $150)
Comes with Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, 144 x 168 pixel display black and white e-paper, 4 buttons & 3-axis acceleromter
- Incoming Caller ID
- Email (Gmail or any IMAP email account)
- SMS on both Android and iPhones
- iMessage (iOS only)
- Calendar Alerts
- Facebook Messages
- Weather Alerts
- Silent vibrating alarm and timer
iWatch – possible functions (as reported)
- Front facing HD camera
- Aluminium body
- LCD projector – to beam movies, photo’s to a nearby wall
- iPod player with Bluetooth headphone capability
- RSS reader with touch screen for web
- WiFi, Bluetooth and 32Gb memory
Of course the iWatch functions and specs are open to a wave of rumors this week, but it seems a logical progression of the Apple design culture to move into this area. Let’s just wait and see, but if just can’t wait to get your hands on a iOS or Android compatible wrist time-keeper, then place your pre-order at Pebble.