Bloomberg is reporting that according to their sources, Apple has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like, unofficially dubbed iWatch.
The report notes that the device would handle some of the tasks that are currently handled by the iPhone and iPod.
Few days back, The New York Times had also reported that Apple’s working on a curved glass smartwatch, based on technology developed by Corning, the company that currently supplies the Gorilla Glass used in iOS devices.
The team, which has grown in the past year, includes managers, members of the marketing group and software and hardware engineers who previously worked on the iPhone and iPad, said the people, who asked not to be named because the plans are private. The team’s size suggests Apple is beyond the experimentation phase in its development, said the people.
Bloomberg claims that James Foster, senior director of engineering, and Achim Pantfoerder, another manager, are working on the project. The report points out that one of the unique challenges of the project is to make a device that does not need to be charged everyday like the iPhone.
A smart watch obviously has a lot of potential for integration with Apple’s pretty strong iOS and Mac ecosystem. Siri, Passbook, Bluetooth 4.0, iMessage, Notification Center, all are possible avenues for making the Apple ecosystem even stronger. There is definitely demand for Bluetooth enabled smart watches that connect to smartphones like the iPhone based on the success of Pebble – e-paper watch, which raised over $10 million on Kickstarter.
I’ll be definitely standing in line to get one. What about you?