100 Designers Designing The iWatch?

100 Designers Designing The iWatch?

How many Apple designers does it take to design the iWatch? Well, if you ask the firm from Cupertino then it would be about a hundred.

As usual, our week will not be complete without some rumors about what our favorite fruit company is up to and this time around (again!) it’s about the almost mythical iWatch.

Late last year, I shared with you this tidbit about Apple’s supposed timepiece-in-development which could be paired with your iPhone via Bluetooth to get instant notifications/feedback when you receive emails, messages and calls. But the latest murmurings from the web indicate that Apple in now planning to release not just a Bluetooth connected wristwatch but a full blown iWatch which can function even without the iPhone. You know an independent iDevice of its own with curved glass and running its own version of iOS.

And Apple is taking about a hundred designers to design it!

From Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad, two people familiar with the company’s plans said.

The team, which has grown in the past year, includes managers, members of the marketing group, and software and hardware engineers who previously worked on the iPhone and iPad, said the people, who asked not to be named because the plans are private. The team’s size suggests Apple is beyond the experimentation phase in its development, said the people.

Not to be outdone, the Wall Street Journal also published its own take on the much-rumored device, thus (via idownloadblog):

 Apple Inc. is experimenting with designs for a watch-like device that would perform some functions of a smartphone, according to people briefed on the effort. The company has discussed such a device with its major manufacturing partner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., one of these people said, as part of explorations of potentially large product categories beyond the smartphone and tablet.

 Of course it goes without saying that we should all take these juicy bits and pieces about the iWatch with a very open mind as nothing is concrete until the day Apple itself announces its existence.  Remember that Apple does a lot of designing, experimenting and patenting but most of these do not see the light of day. But given the sheer volume of rumors and speculations about Apple’s smart watch I think we have a fairly good chance of seeing “something” to put on our wrists from the Cupertino firm in due time.

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