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Apple Watch: closer to development than expected

Development of an Apple wristwatch is beyond the experimentation phase, with two people ‘familiar with the company’s plans’ revealing that 100 designers are working on the device.

Sources told Bloomberg the size of the team suggests ‘Apple is beyond the experimentation phase in its development.‘ The team working on the watch include Apple’s Senior Director of Engineering James Foster and Director iPhone Program Management Achim Pantfoerder.

iWatch concept from ADR Studios
iWatch concept from ADR Studios

There have been numerous rumours about an Apple iWatch over the years, but they seem to be gathering pace recently and come from reputable outlets. The New York Times reported the device will run on iOS ‘and stand apart from competitors based on the company’s understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body.’ Chinese manufacturing giant Hon Hai (also known as Foxconn) is rumoured to be in discussions with Apple about making the device, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Although Apple has declined to comment on speculation, an iOS watch isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.  Apple has apparently been worked on wristwatch style devices for tracking fitness in the past, none of which have made it to market.

However the last 12 months has seen an influx of interest in watches with computer functionality such as the Motorola MOTOACTV and Sony SmartWatch for Android, and of course the Allerta Pebble.  A wearable device running a version of iOS with iPhone or iPad functionality would be a really interesting prospect. 

Note: The picture above is a concept of an iWatch from ADR Studios