Apple is apparently working, in a collaborative effort with Intel, to produce an intelligent, Bluetooth 4.0-based iWatch, with speculation pointing towards a release in the first half of 2013. The new device will reportedly have a 1.5 inch display and will have some functionality powered by Siri. The report comes from iPhone.tgbus (via 163.com) who say that the device will have an OLED screen and Bluetooth 4.0.
While some aspects of this story are perhaps a little less believable than others, there may be some truth behind the details. Ever since the new elongated iPod nano design was launched, many people have speculated on how Apple could release a device with substantial functionality that could be easily strapped to the wrist. The previous generation of iPod nano went some way towards this but with Apple revising the design to a more retro look, there is now a gap for the company to release something more substantial than a music player and fitness accessory.
It’s unclear however, how Intel would fit into this picture as Apple would more than likely power the iWatch with one of their own in-house processor designs with ARM architecture, as found in iOS devices. This is particularly true in the context of a device with relatively low power consumption, further supported by the inclusion of Bluetooth 4.0.
The previous generation iPod nano pictured above (in a Lunatik watch design) was a good idea that has been discontinued. It’ll be interesting to see how Apple develops it further.