Apple has been trying to diversify its portfolio as of late, and an “iWatch” is definitely a change up from the conventional gadgets that its factories have been churning out.
According to a few sources, Apple has been tossing around the idea of a watch for a while now—as early as some time in 2012, as a matter of fact. Stock prices for the Cupertino consumer tech giant have been going south in recent months. Some analysts are attributing the loss in company value to Apple’s lack of a diverse lineup of products. iPads and iPhones are still the company’s core products, but as the market becomes more and more saturated with Apple smartphones and tablets it means that it's getting tougher for Apple to continue to have strong sales figures.
(A concept of the iWatch)
Sources close to Apple’s supply chain in China are suggesting that Apple is experimenting with curved display wristwatches. While no one knows for sure how the iWatch looks like, one can imagine an iPod Nano attached to wristbands as the basic concept. The software running the iWatch will, of course, be Apple’s in-house iOS, and some are even suggesting that a Siri-enabled Apple wristwatch is a no brainer.
Smartwatches is an emerging market that many firms are eyeing. A startup by the name of Pebble Technology found $10.3 million worth of backers on Kickstarter last year to help the company produce a wristwatch that interacts directly with people’s iPhones and Android devices. Sony has also jumped on board recently when it launched its Android-based SmartWatch.
Apple is known for its product execution and marketing, so an iWatch is something that the company can tap into to regain the interests of its followers. As it’s still too early to say for sure that Apple will launch an iOS wristwatch, for now, however, let’s just sit back and wait as the supply chain leaks come rolling in, and we’ll see for ourselves if an iWatch is worth any attention.