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Is Apple Really Working on an iWatch?

Turns out it is. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal's sources claim the technology has matured and is ready make that iWatch everybody has been talking about lately. So, what are they saying?

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Not so long ago, these type of devices seemed to be the things of science fiction or comics, but turns out the smart watch is about to become a reality. Fact is, with Pebble, the door has opened, and as the high number of backers and demand show, the market is open to great ideas.

Apple, on the other hand, is renowned for investing heavily in research and development. As tech history has shown, most of the time, it allows others to test the market, so they themselves can releases a killer product (see iPhone and iPad).

When it comes to the iWatch concept, the rumors have a certain amount of truth. t the height of iWatch hysteria, both the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have checked their sources and what the next killer product the analysts are pushing for.

Here is what the New York Times has found:

In its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Apple is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass, according to people familiar with the company’s explorations, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they are not allowed to publicly discuss unreleased products. Such a watch would operate on Apple’s iOS platform, two people said, and stand apart from competitors based on the company’s understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body.

Apple has been silent about its plans, but the research and development in the iWatch area opens up a lot of questions: If this is an area of “intense interest,” what will the smart watch look like? What kind of features will it implement? Would it have a version of Apple Maps to guide the wanderer on the streets of “Philadelphia”?

An interesting addition came from Corning, the maker of the ultra-tough Gorilla Glass used in the iPhone. They announced last year they solved the difficult engineering challenge of creating bendable glass (called Willow Glass), which can flap as easily as a piece of paper in the wind without breaking.

“You can certainly make it wrap around a cylindrical object and that could be someone’s wrist,” Pete Bocko, the chief technology officer for Corning Glass Technologies said. “Right now, if I tried to make something that looked like a watch, that could be done using this flexible glass.”

Furthermore, Tech.163 announced last year they began the development of a watch featuring Bluetooth and a 1.5-inch display.

And the final thing is that Apple has done a lot of hiring in this area, as Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps points out.

“Apple is already in the wearable space through its ecosystem partners that make accessories that connect to the iPhone,” she said, adding: “This makes Apple potentially the biggest player of the wearables market in a sort of invisible way.”

“Over the long term wearable computing is inevitable for Apple; devices are diversifying and the human body is a rich canvas for the computer,” Ms. Epps said. “But I’m not sure how close we are to a new piece of Apple hardware that is worn on the body.”

In other words, everything is set for the launch of the iWatch. The only question is when it will come.

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