It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013
And if it did, it just might be Rather Dull
What's better than smartphone that is not strapped to your wrist? A smartphone that IS strapped to your wrist.
In what is a strange rumour even by the standards of supply chain rumours - Chinese manufacturing news site iPhone.TGBUS says that Apple is planning to release a watch in 2013, and the story has been widely circulated.
Citing supply chain manufacturers, the site says that the iPad-makers have commissioned parts for a 1.5-inch OLED screen watch with bluetooth, an Intel chip, a SIM card, apps and Siri control. The putative iWatch would be able to interact with a coupled iPhone and will be out in the next six months, claims the site.
Going by that feature list - if Apple did go ahead with this product, it would be doing little more than adding a SIM card and a strap to its watch-sized iPod Nano. We hope they'll be aiming higher than that in 2013.
It's already possible to buy armbands and watchbands for iPhone and iPods.
Wearable computing will could conceivably be a big trend next year but here on the Reg vapourware desk we're hoping for graphene T-shirts and augmented-reality hats rather than wrist-phones. ®
Ferrari and Porsche
Make watches as do other prestige names, but that doesn't make them any less tacky.
An iWatch will be perfect for the Chav in your life, to go with his Burberry hat and Aston Martin key ring.
Just wait for all the fanboys to conveniently forget about all the previous watchphones (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=watchphone&hl=en&client=safari&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ANLiUOruKZGN0wXa64DgBQ&ved=0CD4QsAQ&biw=1024&bih=644), or even about previous watches, and get ready for them to start insisting the Ghost of Steve invented the whole wristwatch concept. I bet Seiko are priming their lawyers for an incoming slew of Apple missives - some of the Seiko watches have round corners!
Re: Intel chip?
Wouldn't it be self winding - it could generate power from a simple pendulum like rythmic movement of the fanboi's wrist