Forget what you’ve read – Apple’s iWatch release date could very well happen this year.
Recent reports cast rather glaring shadows on Apple’s iWatch project having revealed that Corning’s Willow Glass is a good three years away from commercial readiness. Willow Glass is the highly flexible glass the iWatch would apparently need to deliver a stunning and unique curved screen, perhaps one that goes all the way around the wrist seamlessly.
Here’s a theory though – what if the iWatch were to sport a slightly less futuristic screen in the form of a slightly curved 1.5-inch panel or perhaps a panel with no curve at all? This would in turn make it possible for an iWatch to be released in Apple’s time and not that of Corning – what would be the sense in waiting three years when the world’s already chomping at the bit?
Pebble has already taken the lead in the Smartwatch stakes with its Pebble watch and rumor has it that Samsung is catching up in a big way. As such, for Apple to consider holding out three more years and one again end up playing an embarrassing game of catch-up with its rivals would frankly be both absurd and disastrous.
Bloomberg has now entered the affray by once again suggesting that a 2013 iWatch release date is very much a possibility, having previously stated that over 100 engineers and developers have been taken on by Apple to front the project. Such concerted and wide-reaching efforts would seem to suggest that the culmination of the project is far more imminent than three years away.
Apple is well-known for hiring small teams to work on secret projects – 100 developers is anything but.
As far as specs and features go, rumor has it that the iWatch will be capable of running the full-fat iOS operating system and essentially serve as a peripheral to mated with other iOS devices, primarily the iPad and the iPhone.