It’s about time for Apple to launch an entirely new product, with the iPhone having arrived in 2007, followed by the iPad in 2010. Throw another three years on and you’ve got 2013. Flawless logic.
One candidate is something called the Apple iWatch, which – as the name kinda suggests – would be a flexible watch-like device running iOS.
It’s not the first time the rumour mill has proposed such a device, but The New York Times is fuelling the fire of speculation with a fairly lengthy blog post.
According to “people familiar with the company’s explorations”, Apple is “experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass”.
Other than the mention of iOS, that’s about all the Apple iWatch detail we have to go on at the moment.
However, it’s speculated that the Apple iWatch could be used to make mobile payments with Passbook, along with Siri functionality and possibly some sort of Maps app. Er, not sure if that’d be Apple or Google Maps. Ahem.
“Over the long term wearable computing is inevitable for Apple; devices are diversifying and the human body is a rich canvas for the computer,” says Forrester's Sarah Rotman Epps. “But I’m not sure how close we are to a new piece of Apple hardware that is worn on the body.”
If history has taught us anything, when it does arrive, we can expect the Apple iWatch to be closely followed by the Samsung Galaxy Watch.