More rumours have emerged suggesting that the iWatch could not only launch later this year, but will run a full version of iOS designed specifically for the interface, and include a battery that lasts 4-5 days. According to articles by Bloomberg and The Verge, the project is being worked on by more than 100 engineers and headed by Jony Ive, who has long been a fan of the idea. In fact, Bloomberg report that Ive ordered “boxes” of a Nike sports watch in the mid-2000s for his team to study.
The Verge agrees with Bloomberg’s report on the watch, going on to state that its sources have said the watch will run a full version of iOS, rather than a scaled-down version similar to that of the iPod nano. The inclusion of the full iPhone and iPad operating system is causing problems with battery life, however, the iWatch will reportedly have a 4-5 day battery life at launch, but currently it can only manage two days of power.
There are also issues regarding the linking of the iWatch to the iPhone; it’s expected that the watch will enable you to read messages, answer calls and check maps, but to do all these properly the connection to your iPhone will need to be constant. This is what the Verge had to say:
“We’re also told Apple has some work to do with iOS on the iPhone, which currently has several hooks for supporting a watch-like device but lacks the appropriate interface or settings to make it work properly.”
As ever, these are just rumours and should be taken with a pinch of salt, but if true we could be seeing an iWatch before the long-rumoured Apple television set.