iWatching Apple

courtesy of Zyanna Almonacy '16, Multi Media Design Class

courtesy of Zyanna Almonacy ’16, Multi Media Design Class

In the past, smart watches have been the device of fictional characters such as James Bond, Inspector Gadget, and Dick Tracy. However, it was never possible that these technologically advanced watches with features such as radio, mapping, and TV, could really exist.

courtesy of Zyanna Almonacy ’16, Multi Media Design Class

Recently, rumors have surfaced implying that Apple is in the process of creating a smart watch. While specifics are limited, it appears that the watch will have curved glass and similar technology to a smartphone. When asked to comment on its plans, Apple declined to answer The New York Times.
The New York Times reports that the watch will work on Apple’s iOS operating system. This causes speculation of the watch including technology such as Siri, the ability to send and receive messages, and more importantly to investors, a high price tag as that of other Apple products.
Many factors have contributed to the suspicions of an Apple smartwatch. Corning, the company that engineers the glass used in iPhones, invented the Willow Glass last year, a bendable glass that could potentially be used to make this rumored curved watch. Apple also filed for a patent for a body-bar sensing system “that among other things could strap to a wrist to determine the amount of physical activity a person was undergoing, perhaps for athletic or healthcare monitoring” according to www.cbsnews.com. The company has talked about such a device with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., its major manufacturing partner, according to www.foxnews.com.
Bruce Tognazzini, a former Apple user interface designer, published his thoughts on an Apple watch.
“The iWatch will fill a gaping hole in the Apple ecosystem,” Tognazzini said. “It will facilitate and coordinate not only the activities of all the other computers and devices we use, but a wide array of devices to come.”
 
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