The previous-gen iPod nano certainly whet the appetites of those dreaming an iWatch. For some reason, the idea of the wearable iOS device is something people seem to really yearn for, and although said nano was little more than a trumped-up, iOS-ified iPod nano with a separately-sold wrist strap, it gave us a glimpse, perhaps, into the future. Today, the iWatch rumors have been reignited once more, and as well as the possibility of a release in the first half of 2013, the speculators are touting a possible 1.5-inch OLED display, Bluetooth 4.0, and – get this – the involvement of chip-making extraordinaire Intel.
If you’ve been quietly anticipating the prospect of an iWatch, these are arguably some of the most exciting rumors hitherto – particularly that of Intel’s alleged attachment to the project. According to Chinese blog TGBUS (via iMore), the supply chain for the product also points to an RiTdisplay 1.5-inch OLED screen, and while the Cupertino company has utilized Intel processors for its Mac range, this would be the first mobile device to see such implementation. Apple’s favoritism toward LED over OLED would also be another first, suggesting Apple is really prepared to break the mold in bringing this intriguing product to market.
Much like the iPad mini prior to its release a couple of months back, it’s a rumor that – despite resolute skepticism – simply will not pass, and although today’s reports should be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt, it would be naïve to dispel anything at this point.
As I mentioned earlier, there does seem to be a strong undercurrent of desire for an iWatch, but considering many of us have ditched the traditional wristwatch in favor of compulsively checking our smartphones for the time, is the market really crying out for an Apple-made watch?
Whatever the case may be, Apple will need to do what it has done with all its products, in making it seem "cool." The idea seems, to me, a little bit "geeky" as is, and the last thing the Cupertino company will want is a product stigmatized as too geeky for the general population.
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the matter, so please drop us a comment on our Facebook or Google+ pages, and let us know if you would seriously consider buying such a product.