Apple is expected to announce the next-generation operating system for the iPad, iPhone and iPod at their Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in June. This operating system has been rumored to be fitness- and health-focused. In addition, the iWatch rumors have been increasing as this device will also focus on fitness and health. The smart watch (code named ‘iWatch’) will work alongside a smartphone to enhance life by showing the user notifications (like missed phone calls, calendar events), health activities (like heart rate, steps taken, calories eaten) and other information (time, weather, traffic conditions). In the picture below, FuzeChicken created a concept of what the iWatch will look like, based on rumors, displaying notifications.
The Main Competition
Although the iWatch is not expected to be released until the end of the year, Apple’s competitors are currently creating their own smart watches. Samsung just announced two second-generation smart watch, called “Gear 2” and “Gear 2 Neo”. Their smart watches feature: a 1.63″ touchscreen, 4GB of flash storage, 512M of RAM, camera and built-in speakers. The Gear 2 Neo does not include a camera, since it is the less expensive version. Although the pricing for these new models have not been announced, the first generation watch had a price of about $300. The picture below shows the new Gear 2.
Google is rumored to be working on their own smart watch as well. Although Google is being very secretive about their new product, those familiar with the matter have commented on the design of the product. It will have a steel-like metal band, square face with a full-color touchscreen, display notifications and be very gesture-driven. The picture below shows a concept of the Google smart watch, based on current rumors.
The video above, created by FuzeChicken, displays all the current rumors for the iWatch in one short video. Based on these rumors, the iWatch is expected to feature:
- GPS, Compass, WiFi and Bluetooth
- Wireless sync with the iPhone
- Notifications, like Phone, Messages and Calendar
- Will run full version of iOS
- Flexible display
- May include optical sensors, like heart rate monitor, calorie counter, etc.
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Since Apple has never created a wearable technology, like the smart watch, there are many concepts floating around on what the iWatch will look like. From a mini iPhone on your wrist (like this one or this one) to a Nike Fuelband inspired design to a design we won’t see for several years (if ever), no one knows what the device will look like except for Apple. For now, we have the concepts, the rumors and our imaginations to keep us busy until Apple reveals their iWatch.