It's been a while now since Apple has been rumored to be working on its "iWatch" smart watch. And although we have no idea as to when or if the device will hit the list of Apple-based products any time soon, it has been massively reported that the Cupertino-based tech giant already accelerated work on the project - with the company also working on trademarking the name in a number of different countries.
As of now, we don't know what an Apple iWatch will eventually look like, so the photos we've included in this piece are only concept images. However, what we do know is that the so-called iWatch will arrive as an accessory to the iPhone and other iOS-running devices, offering users a shortcut to all the basic functions of a phone without having to take out the larger device out of the pockets (or whatever they are carrying the device in).
And as fas specific details are concerned, again, only a few have surfaced until now with the project still in its early stages. However, some reports, in the past, have claimed that the watch will sport a 1.5-inch display and might also run on iOS, as expected.
However, while we don't know what the device will offer eventually, what we can do is pick up cues from whatever that has been leaked until now regarding the device. So here are the top 5 rumors pertaining to the rumored iWatch from Apple.
Not long ago, reports claimed that the device could support wireless charging from 3.2 feet away. It was later interpreted by others saying that the the wireless charging would not be based on Qi's standards, but would use a magnetic resonance system.
So, if you have multiple chargers, you could place them around your home or office and they may be able to boost the battery whenever you come in range.
Home Automation Device
When the device first came into contention, it wasn't considered as a smartphone companion but a home automation device that would act as a media controller. On a similar note, Cantor Fitzgerald's Brian White also stated that Apple's upcoming iWatch "will be much more than just a smartwatch."
"As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the ‘iWatch' and described this potential new device as much more than an extension of your iPhone but as a multi-purpose gateway in allowing consumers to control their home (i.e., heating/cooling, lights, audio, video, etc.)," he added at that time.
Solar and Magnetic Charging
According to a previous report, Apple was said to be busy testing a certain method to charge the battery wirelessly via magnetic induction. Apart from that, the Cupertino-based tech giant was also said to be working a charging method that uses movement - Apparently (and interestingly enough), a person's hand movement could generate power to the device.
While this one is basically a no-brainer, still, until it happens, it will be tagged as a rumor. Among all other usual rumors, the iWatch is expected to seamlessly integrate with the iPhone and other iOS devices, while allowing users to check caller ID, place calls, and access maps, with the iWatch acting as an accessory to the larger devices.
As far as in-device battery is concerned, Apple was said to be planning to use LG and Samsung-made batteries for the iWatch. It was also stated that Apple was looking to use traditional Li-ion batteries rather than the curved ones (that were rumored previously).
Moreover, if rumors are to be believed, Apple was said to pass up on a curved display on its SmartWatch since the wrist band would be too uncomfortable to wear for long hours at a time - which, obviously, is one of the basic things to do if own a smartwatch.