Bloomberg: 100 people working on Apple iWatch

Bloomberg: 100 people working on Apple iWatchAs if all these iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone Math rumours weren’t enough to contend with, it looks like we’ll have to digest near-daily talk of the Apple iWatch.

Far from being some experiment in madness conducted by one or two dungeon-based Cupertino nutcases, we’re told that Apple has - in fact - a significantly large team working on the iWatch.

That’s the good word according to Bloomberg, crediting “two people familiar with the company’s plans”.

Specifically we’re told: “Apple has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad”.

The Apple iWatch is expected to run iOS in some capacity, perhaps with Siri functionality allowing you to say things to your wrist like you’re living in a sci-fi movie. "iWatch, call Stuhlmacher".

Other Apple iWatch features may or may not include a Maps app (probably Apple Maps by default, but preferably with Google Maps as an alternative), and it’d make sense if it were waterproof. Am I the first guy to propose resistance to H2O? You heard it here first.

While not exactly a new concept, we expect the Apple iWatch will make people wonder how they ever survived without a smartphone watch. Y'know, like how the iPad really got the tablet ball rolling.

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Pondlife  Feb. 13, 2013 at 14:04

Yeah I really long for a return to tiny screens...

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 13, 2013 at 14:07

Yeah I really long for a return to tiny screens...
And wearing a watch (something I haven't done since about a week after buying my first ever mobile phone).

Pondlife  Feb. 13, 2013 at 14:16

yeah used to irritate the hell out of me.
I'd rather go old school and have a pocket watch. That appeals to me more now I've written it, did carry a watch that had straps removed in that otherwise pointless jeans pocket for a while.

KevinSorbitol  Feb. 13, 2013 at 15:10

Yeah I really long for a return to tiny screens...
And wearing a watch (something I haven't done since about a week after buying my first ever mobile phone).


Yeah, those are really bothersome. Where do I find the strength and willpower every day to carry a 74 gram watch on my left wrist... I must be the Hercules oO
And being that it's a solar powered device is really weird, a true modern gadget must need to be recharged every day...

Pondlife  Feb. 13, 2013 at 15:26

Don't recall anyone saying it was the weight being the issue.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 13, 2013 at 15:26

Yeah I really long for a return to tiny screens...
And wearing a watch (something I haven't done since about a week after buying my first ever mobile phone).


Yeah, those are really bothersome. Where do I find the strength and willpower every day to carry a 74 gram watch on my left wrist... I must be the Hercules oO
And being that it's a solar powered device is really weird, a true modern gadget must need to be recharged every day...

Firstly, it's incredibly sad that you know, to the gram, how much your watch weighs.

I never said anything about wearing a watch being too much effort, merely that it isn't something I'd go back to doing.

You're right, a phone does need charging every night, but I'd be doing that whether I was wearing a watch or not. Therefore, watch or no watch, I still have a clock on my phone 24/7, negating the need for a watch. Also, don't forget the fact that the phone's clock is far more accurate than most watches, as it's set by the network not the user.

Watches are a fashion statement with no useful, individual function for most people in the modern day. No doubt there are some people, such as those who do a lot of sport, for whom using a watch to tell the time is considerably more convenient than using a phone. For the rest of the population, I get the feeling that the phone will remain their primary time telling device for quite some time to come.

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 13, 2013 at 15:41

According to Steve consumers don't know what they want or need. Apple will tell them - wait and see as masses will queue up Apple store for weeks to get a hold of new precious gadget that they never thought they needed.

Phones are very inaccurate when it comes to time. Networks do not provide accurate time stamp.
A lot of new watches are able to sync time remotely (quite accurately for average user).

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 13, 2013 at 15:52

According to Steve consumers don't know what they want or need. Apple will tell them - wait and see as masses will queue up Apple store for weeks to get a hold of new precious gadget that they never thought they needed.

Phones are very inaccurate when it comes to time. Networks do not provide accurate time stamp.
A lot of new watches are able to sync time remotely (quite accurately for average user).

As I'm writing this my: phone, laptop, Xbox and iPod all say it's 15:51, I'm assuming they're not all wrong yet saying the same time.

As for idiots buying anything Apple say they need, I can't disagree with you on that front.

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 13, 2013 at 16:01

Interesting, my phone, desktop clock and PC all say different time - few seconds difference - I know PC is correct.
I do get upset about phone not showing seconds. It doesn't make much difference in UK, but in Germany trains leave on the dot and 30 seconds make a big difference.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 13, 2013 at 16:22

I have no idea if they're all accurate to the second, I'd assume not, they just all said 15:51. Saying that, it doesn't really bother me as nothing I ever do is timed down to the second, even if I'm catching a train etc, I'd turn up a few minutes early so the fact the train may leave exactly on time is irrelevant.

Pondlife  Feb. 13, 2013 at 16:46

Had to switch networked time off on one phone as it kept jumping back or forward a few hours for quite a while each time about once every three months.

If your phone isn't showing the right time CTPAHHIK surely showing seconds would make it problematic.

Dougal1709  Feb. 13, 2013 at 16:47

No matter how impressive the tech, anyone wearing one is going to look like a complete spanner, rather like they did back in the 80s with those calculator watches.

Most people wear watches as a piece of jewellery, not as a functional tool.

Pondlife  Feb. 22, 2013 at 23:56

Beeb's idea of it looks a bit different.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21547947

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