Apple iWatch rumors surface again, this time with Intel attached

Apple iWatch rumors surface again, this time with Intel attached

The Apple iWatch smartwatch is the subject of renewed rumor and speculation this morning, with Intel of all companies now being attached to the project. Low power Bluetooth 4.0 is along for the ride as well, of course, so it can instantly pair with an iPhone or iPad, as well as a 1.5-inch display, and a supposed release window pegged at the first half of 2013. In other words, soon. All this according to TGBUS (Google Translated):

Supply chain, said Intel is designed for Apple Bluetooth smart watches, this product is RiTdisplay 1.5-inch OLED screen, other aspects of the supply chain, with a rhenium ocean of OGS encore indium tin oxide transparent conductive (ITO) glass.

The Intel angle here is interesting. While Apple's Mac computer lines currently all still have Intel inside, Apple hasn't done anything significant with Intel on their iOS device line. Likewise, the OLED display rumor, as Apple has thus far eschewed that technology for LED.

Rumors of an iWatch, while not as persistent as iTV television rumors, began picking up speed when Apple announced the square, more iOS-looking 2010 iPod nano and Steve Jobs quipped that board members wanted to wear them as watches. Speculation immediately leapt to a future filled with light, wearable iOS devices, piggy-backing off the more powerful devices in our pockets and bags, passing on Siri instructions and getting back our notifications and other data.

Many watchband accessories and flights of fancy later, the iPod nano finally gained a Bluetooth radio in 2012... just as Apple changed its shape back to a far less watch-friendly rectangle. That could be a sign of Apple moving away from wearable iOS devices, or just shifting the nano away from wearability to leave room for something else. (Also, head fake.)

Apple is increasingly seen by financial markets, and the media, as a hit-driven business, and the moment they announce one new product, questions immediately spring up about "what's next?!". The iPad mini has shipped, so TVs, watches, and all manner of other products are ripe for the research notes and rumor mills alike.

Given the popularity of the nano-as-watch, and of other connected watch-style devices, like the television, it's hard to imagine that Apple doesn't have a project or prototype or several in the labs. Also like the television, that's a far cry from going to market with an final, polished product.

But it does raise the question -- do you want an iWatch from Apple?

Source: TGBUS via Tech.163, The Next Web.

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Rene Ritchie

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Apple iWatch rumors surface again, this time with Intel attached


I would LOVE an iWatch that would a) allow me to read text messages; b) show my notifications for emails/appointments/apps; c) be waterproof; d) allow me to sync (device to device) some of my music to be streamed from the watch during a workout; e) GPS/pedometer/Nike app ability, so i dont have to carry my iPhone 5 while running. Oh, and of course, show the time/date. :-)

I don't know. Sounds tempting, but I think its one of those things where we have to see it to believe it. Then I'll judge.

I wear a watch ($10 watch from a big box store) but I'd love to be able to glance down to see if someone has tried to contact me.

I work in a place with a fair amount of noise and distraction. I miss calls, texts and emails every day.

This rumor could be true, and could explain the change in size of the Nano, which I was certain that one day it could be able to connect to an iOS device.

That, and maybe to store MP3s, is the only reason I'd want it. Checking messages from my real estate clients on a timely basis would be ideal. So, what, it would run on my AT&T 4G LTE network like my phone -- with no extra charges, right? Ha! -- then sync with e-mail and what else? If it cost more with the carriers, forget it. A separate add-to device? Fine.

Kind of interested to see what Apple would come with if they made a watch....not sure I'd feel the need to buy one though.

I suspect it will over heat too. Plus a new version will be released 3 months after the first version. I also suspect it will be crap for telling the time. It seems that most Apple products are crap at their basic function. Look at the iPhone and antenna gate. Yeah it has a lovely screen but if you want to make a call buy a 30 buck rubber band first and stand on a table.
And by the way i'm not a Apple hater. Ive been using their shiny junk since 2001 and am now in the Android camp and once my piece of junk Macbook Pro crokes i'm going to Samsung.

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I would get this if it would give me all my notifications via bluetooth and not have VZW charge me for a tethering plan. I would get one but it would need to get to my iOS device via bluetooth and not 4G

If Apple wants to "shake up" the wrist watch industry (or the smartwatch industry rather), it cannot make a regular watch. Its got to have flexible display. More like a band than a solid watch.

No way... too many people love their designer watches to add another thing on the wrist. I can't see this catching on at all.

I have the Nano with the LunaTik Link band and bezel. The battery lasts at least a week for me. I prefer this watch over the designer watches (I have an Emergency Mission). I would love to see an iWatch where some designers could sell bezel and bands for the iWatch.

For more than a year I use the Nano as a watch + podcatcher. I'm set as it is and don't really care when/if Apple release an official watch.

Maybe this is why they changed the iPod nano form factor this go around. Even for Apple I think will only be a niche product if they bring it to market.

Great. So now we are going to subject to comments such as a 'massive 1.5-inch display', 'super high resolution'. No doubt the watch will be the most accurate watch ever produced, it will put every other watch in the watch hall of shame. It will also probably be a stupid piece of junk that the Apple tards will buy in droves.

If you don't like apple then STFU no one likes a winey little bitch, go ahead switch over to android I left them early this year it was the best decision I ever did, good luck finding accessories for your phone Fragmented lack of support . Ha I Do R&D for a company good luck with getting a piece a crap Shamesung product. I suggest go with a Sony : )

I'd want to see Siri and NFC on the watch much more convenient than on a phone and safer too. The bank data is on the phone but the NFC is on the watch only works when both were present connected by blutooth. Also with notifications as well