Report: Apple’s iWatch Will Run iOS


Hot on the heels of Bloomberg’s report that claims that Apple may launch the iWatch as soon as this year, The Verge has also chimed in with more details.

The Verge claims that according to their source, Apple’s smartwatch will run a full version of iOS and the watch project is being led by Jony Ive, Apple’s Design Chief and who also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface software teams across the company.

The Verge reports:

Interestingly, we’re also told that Apple’s chosen to rework the full iOS to run on the watch instead of building up the iPod nano’s proprietary touch operating system — although the previous nano was already watch-sized and seemed like a great starting point for a wrist-sized device, Apple’s betting on iOS across product lines.

The report also points out that Apple’s decision to use iOS is resulting in battery life issues on the iWatch prototypes.

[T]he goal is to last at least 4-5 days between charges, but the current watch prototypes are apparently only going for a couple days max. We’re also told Apple has some work to do with iOS on the iPhone, which currently has several hooks for supporting a watch-like device but lacks the appropriate interface or settings to make it work properly.  

So I really hope that the iWatch runs a full version of iOS as opposed to a barebones OS that relies on the smartphone like iPhone for its “smartness” as it would have to depend on the reliability of the connection between the two devices.

I have been using the Pebble smartwatch for the last two weeks, which connects to my iPhone 5 over Bluetooth and based on my brief experience, the reliability of the Bluetooth connection is probably the most annoying thing about it.

Via: The Verge