Rumours have been circulating all over the press in the last couple of days that Apple are going to launch a new smartwatch. We thought we'd summarise what we've heard so far and access the viability of the rumours.
Where have the rumours come from ?
The rumours originate from China where sources inside Apple's supply chain are claiming that an Apple smart watch is already in the advanced stages of production. The website which originally leaked the news was TGBus and sadly we don't know enough about the site to comment on the validity of their rumours.
What will Apple's smartwatch be called ?
Apple's smart watch is being referred to as the iWatch which seems like a logical, if unimaginative, name. We wouldn't be surprised to see the device launching under another name , but until we hear differently we'll refer to it as the Apple iWatch.
When will the Apple iWatch launch ?
As we mentioned previously the rumours suggest that the iWatch is in an advanced stage of production. The sources claim that it'll launch in 2013 , but no precise launch date was provided.
What do we know about the specification of the Apple iWatch ?
The Apple iWatch is thought to be a Bluetooth smart watch which will connect wirelessly with your iPhone, iPad or iPod.
The iWatch is expected to have a 1.5 inch touch-screen which will enable you to check your email, make calls, read texts and even view social networking updates all without taking your smartphone out of your pocket.
We presume it'll be available in a number of colours and different straps. Even if Apple themselves don't launch a whole host of different straps it won't be long before third-party ones become available.
Are other smart watches already available ?
Yep, Sony already have their own Smartwatch (pictured above) on the market which hooks up to your Xperia Android smartphone. The accessory is already on the market and costs around £75.
Motorola also sell a fitness watch called the Motorola MotoACTV, while a stylish Italian smartwatch called the I'm Watch is also already on the market. These devices show that the smartwatch already exists and there is demand for them !
Why might Apple have decided to produce the Apple iWatch ?
The previous version of the iPod Nano already doubled as a watch itself with a number of accessory makers producing straps that enable the tiny device to be used as a watch. This could be one of the reasons for Apple realising that the iWatch could be a huge success.
Interestingly, Apple moved away from the square design with its latest iPod Nano (unveiled in September) . They could been done this to stop the iPad Nano from being used as a watch in preparation for the launch of the Apple iWatch.
Another reason why Apple might decide to produce the iWatch is that a group of inventors are trying to find an iWatch style accessory called Pebble. The investors appealed for donations to produce the device and they've already raised millions of pounds which again highlights consumer demand.
When will we get official confirmation of the Apple iWatch's existence ?
Apple are yet to confirm the existence of the Apple iWatch , although this isn't unusual because Apple always try to keep their device secret until they officially unveil them. As soon as 3G hear more about the Apple iWatch we'll make sure your the first to know !
By Simon Thomas on 02nd January, 2013