Will the iPhone 6 come with an iWatch?
Is Apple secretly developing a smart watch to allow users to remotely access their iPhone or iPad?
Apple is apparently working on a watch accessory to go with future versions of its iPhone and iPad devices, which will allow users to control and interact with their device without having to go to the trouble of actually touching it.
Reports have emerged from two separate sources, both of which insisted on absolute anonymity, that Apple has begun putting feelers out for a manufacturing partner to build the watch-like device. It will reportedly be constructed from Corning’s bendable ‘Willow Glass,’ and the anonymous sources claim that the Apple has already engaged in discussions with one OEM, Chinese-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.
A so-called ‘smart watch’ might prove to be a smart move for Apple, as it looks into increasing screen size on its devices without compromising portability. A device such as the mooted iWatch might allow users to control a larger, more powerful device and interact with their contacts without removing the device from its case.
Other fledgling areas in which an iWatch might succeed are those of mobile health and sports, with wearable devices offering huge potential for measuring athletic performance, or allowing physicians to monitor the wearer’s health and even diagnose remotely.
Wearable technology is a logical next step for the smartphone market, and one in which Apple could excel. The company has made significant appointments in the area and has also allied itself with a number of development partners that would allow the company to move into the new field somewhat effortlessly. And there can be no doubt that an Apple-branded watch would be a huge success given the company’s reputation.
It’s unlikely that this rumored accessory will be with users in time for the launch of the iPhone 6, though. But we might know more when we get to play around with the next iteration of the company’s mobile OS, iOS 7, as software upgrades often include support for upcoming tech – but that itself is months away.