Apple is reportedly developing a wrist-mounted iOS 'watch' device.
Reports from Bloomberg and The Verge cite industry analysts and unnamed sources alike in predicting that the company will introduce the device later this year. Apple has yet to give any official comment on the device or announce a possible release event.
According to the reports, the company is said to be basing the device on its iOS mobile platform and is aiming to provide many of the functionalities currently performed by the iPhone and iPad devices. Given the size of the battery in such a device, however, it is likely that many functionalities would need to be removed in order to provide adequate battery life.
Were such a device to be unveiled by Apple, its unveiling could occur later this summer when Apple is likely to hold an event to announce its next iPhone model. The so-called iPhone 5S is believed to be targeted for release in the late summer or early fall in a time frame similar to that of last year's iPhone 5 release.
While the technology is still in its infancy, the market for smartwatches does appear to be heating up. Devices such as the Pebble have drawn high interest among consumers who are drawn to the customisation and versatility the devices offer.
Apple has long been connected to the development of wrist-mounted devices. In February of this year, reports suggested that the company was working with third-party manufacturers to develop a wrist-mounted iOS device which would sport a sleek design and curved display screen.
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