On September 9, Apple made their first smartwatch official. The device, affectionately forever known as the Apple Watch, features a square design, plenty of customization options, and even a variant that could cost $1,200 or more. As far as specifications go, we’re still missing quite a bit of information, but analysts are quick to (try to) fill in the gaps.
The Apple Watch is set to launch sometime in the early part of 2015, and it probably won’t be until then that we get a definitive look at what kind of internals we’ll see inside the smaller gadget. Or, at least until the inevitable leaks start swarming the ‘net. Until then, though, analysts like Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company are eager to supply their own estimations.
Cowen recently supplied a research note to investors, which was provided to Apple Insider. In the note, Cowen cites supply chain checks and states that the Watch will feature 512MB of RAM under the hood, and have 4GB of built-in storage. The RAM will reportedly be supplied by Samsung, Micron and Hynix. And, as far as the built-in storage goes, Cowen believes that while Apple could offer an 8GB option, the 4GB model will be the standard, and that the storage will be supplied by “most major NAND suppliers.”
Cowen also noted that the Watch will have a Broadcom BCM43342 chip inside, like the one found in the Apple iPhone 5s. This specific specification is “somewhat at odds” with Apple’s announcement of the Watch, though, as that particular chip offers a GPS radio, and the company stated during their announcement of the wearable that owners of the device would have to tether it to their iPhones to get GPS data.
Earlier in September, another analyst predicted that the Watch would boast 512MB of RAM, but that it would boast 8GB of built-in storage for the standard model. With so many variants of the Watch already official, it is quite likely that Apple could have multiple storage options, just like they do for their other products.
Would you buy an Apple Watch with only 4GB of storage?[via Apple Insider]