Since Apple announced it was working on its own version of the smartwatch dubbed iWatch, there have been a lot of speculations about its specifications and intended functionality.
Granted, Apple will be a late entrant in the smartwatches game given that its main rivals Samsung and even LG have already launched their versions of smartphones into the market, but what it lacks for in terms of timing, the tech giant will be sure to make up for in terms of offerings provide wholesome experience. This means that the iWatch will ensure that the smart watch will become more than an accessory and have a practical use case in one’s day to day life.
So what exactly are we likely to see in the new smartwatch?
First of all, it’s expected that the iWatch will have a holographic projection in combination with its personal assistant Siri. Thus, the notifications can be read out by Siri or read on the projection. The projection can also be used to surf websites, navigating a map or even stream movies, documents, etc. by connecting to the smartphone.
Siri, as we all know, can be activated by one’s voice, so it can be used to talk and perform some actions on the watch like setting up appointments, alarms, and more. It can also be used for searching on the web, checking eating places in the nearby place, etc.
In terms of display, Apple is reportedly experimenting with flexible OLED technology with an eye to implement the bendy screens in its rumoured iWatch device. According to rumors, Apple is currently working with three design prototypes with flexible plastic OLED screens. One such prototype with a 1.5-inch flexible OLED panel appears to have been given a limited production run, presumably for test units, while the other two with 1.3-inch and 1.4-inch screens are still being worked on. So we expect the flexible OLED panel to make its way to the final product. The multi touch display will allow use of intuitive gestures for navigating the apps and starting camera or activating Siri by simple swipe.
It’s also expected that the iWatch will share its hardware with the 2013’s iPhones and iPads. This means that it will be powered by the 64 bit A7 computing chip which has dual core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. Since one of the major functionality of the device would be to track users’ health and activity which entails the movement, calories count, sleep, etc., so it will also have a M7 co-processor. This chip was recently introduced in the Apple device to ensure that such things are tracked by a dedicated chip efficiently and thus saving battery as well. A 1 GB of RAM also makes sure that the watch functions smoothly.
In terms of the OS, it’ll be running on custom iOS 7 platform. The OS will be providing all the necessary apps in a simple interface, while during the holographic projection we will have the voice activated Siri giving access to emails, browser, FaceTime, movie player and more.
The device is also expected t come with a 2MP camera which will come handy for capturing quick photos . It will also prove useful for video calling purposes, which becomes fun with the holographic projector.
In connectivity department, the watch will be having Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Low Energy) and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac. So, one can always be connected to internet and thus the data tracked for health and activity in the watch can be instantly backed up to the iHealth application/ website.
So are you looking forward to the exciting iWatch?