Given that we’re only expecting a preview of the iWatch rather than a full-on launch, it’s been relatively easy for Apple to keep the wearable tucked away under its cuff. Not due to release until next year, it’s unlikely to have gone into production, and as such, we’ve only tidbits of scattered, often conflicting information. However, a new leak today appears to offer a legitimate-looking glimpse of what’s in store, and although it’s hard to glean much from what are predominantly schematic drawings, they do give us a glimpse as to the gadget’s form factor.
It has been suggested for a couple of years that Apple would be coming through with some kind of smartwatch, but while these rumors have mainly originated from wishful thinkers, it was mentioned 2013 that the Cupertino company had tasked more than 100 of its staff with the role of designing and creating the device. Zoom forward one year, and after Google’s announcement of Android Wear followed by a bunch of announcements from major vendors, Apple is now poised to unleash an effort of its own.
While we’ve seen the iPhone 6 inside and out, the enigmatic iWatch has been obscured from our watchful eyes. We’ve had numerous spec leaks, suggesting 512MB of RAM and two sizing configurations offering 1.3- and 1.5-inch displays for women and men respectively, but aside from information, us geeks only tend to be satisfied by visual evidence.
A new page on Reddit’s Apple-focused sub-Reddit has showcased new details of the device, suggesting that it will feature a square face with rounded corners similar to a number of pre-existing efforts from Samsung and LG. There’s also clear evidence of a heart-rate sensor, and given that this fitness-centric device is expected to work closely with the new HealthKit infrastructure, this isn’t too surprising.
The coverage also offers a glimpse of the speaker and mic components while underlining the notion of a flexible, multi-touch display. Sapphire glass will supposedly protect said front display from scratches and everyday wear and tear that watches can face, and with the leaker also noting of Siri integration right off the bat, it’s clear that Apple has bundled much into the seemingly limited profile.
What do you think of the iWatch, based on these new images?
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