Apple rumored to have a team of over 100 designers already working on the iWatch

The rumors surrounding a possible iWatch are starting to hit fever pitch. Earlier in the week, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times claimed to have knowledge of its existence and now Bloomberg has added to those rumors. According to “two people familiar with the company’s plans”, Apple has a team of over 100 designers working on the device.

The team, which has grown in the past year, includes managers, members of the marketing group, and software and hardware engineers who previously worked on the iPhone and iPad, said the people, who asked not to be named because the plans are private. The team’s size suggests Apple is beyond the experimentation phase in its development, said the people.

As the saying goes, there is no smoke without fire and there is certainly a lot of smoke hanging around when it comes to the iWatch rumor. Apple will have to pull off something pretty spectacular if the rumoured iWatch is to become a hugely popular product. The idea of running iOS on a tiny screen doesn’t appeal to me all that much however until we know exactly what Apple is working on, it’s too soon to comment. If it looks anything like the concept image above then it could be massively appealing!

Are you excited by the rumored iWatch?

Source: Bloomberg

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joshrocker says:

The concept of an iwatch is very appealing to me. I really wanted to buy a nano and wear it as a watch but the fact that it wasn't water resistant kept me from doing that. There are so many cool things a watch could do if apple can get it right.

supraking says:

And what makes you think their watch would be waterproof if they did release it? Apple is notorious for leaving out features that are basic (think copy-paste, or a decent camera on the first two iPads) and then releasing them in future models. Or they'll just charge you extra for a waterproof case.

Though, on a related note, I dropped my Shuffle in a lake and it still works fine. :)

supraking says:

Crappy connection = double post. Please ignore.

rj5570 says:

they would not have to run iOS on it. it can be the same software that the nano runs. I think if they keep it simple with notifications, iPod/iphone controls and the ability to use your iphone siri, it would rock!!! also, if they make it a speaker phone so you can use it to answer calls, that would be AWESOME!!!!

Dark_Blu says:

I don't wear a regular watch. If I need to check the time, I check it on my iPhone. I also manage my schedule on my iPhone, so I don't need another device to do that with either. An iWatch would be pointless for me, but to each, his or her own.

tadnishida says:

I can see it being a good Phone "front end" for an iPad Mini sized Iphone.

Leanna Lofte says:

I'd get one purely as a fashion accessory. Although I want one, I find it hard to imagine Apple making one. I don't see it selling well since most people don't wear watches anymore.

stefnag says:

The iTick is TNBT. I dislike wearing watches but I'm beginning to get it. Add up the possible medical features with readings that require wristbands. Add the exercise features; cue Nike. Input using a localized Siri; Siri does a great job with timers and reminders now. Put on an instant emergency alert big red button for folks who fall down stairs. Do audio location monitoring for folks with sight problems. Inside, it will have some superb, souped up technology. It's not a watch. Apple wouldn't do a watch. It does multiple market disruption. And it loves the challenge of small and simple. At $200 it will sell a milliard units. OK, $199.