Apple said to be aggressively hiring new engineers to solve iWatch design problem
According to the Financial Times, Apple has been on a "hiring spree" apparently unable to use its current lineup of engineers to move ahead with the design of the smartwatch. One source says that Apple has run into "hard engineering problems that they’ve not been able to solve." While Apple could decide to scrap the watch, which is something that it has done in the past with other products, the Cupertino based firm has a large number of engineers working on the device. This means that Apple has already invested a large amount of time and money on the project. One member of the iWatch team reportedly received a huge pay raise after telling Apple that he was leaving the company.
According to the paper, the timing of the hiring suggests that the watch won't be ready until late in 2014. The question then is how close Apple's rivals are to releasing their own smartwatch models. Companies like LG, Samsung, Microsoft and Google have all said that they are working on, or are interested in working on a smartwatch. Part of Apple's success with the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad came from the company's ability to launch its products with new capabilities and features before the competition, forcing Apple's rivals to play catch-up. With the smartwatch though, it could be Apple that will be playing from behind.
source: FinancialTimes via Engadget
1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Late 2014....that's a bit late apple however if this design is awesome then I'm prepared to wait and see what they bring to the table, its also good to see new people joining as there will be some fresh ideas inevitably which is what apple needs right now...I guess this will go straight up against the Google glass....the battle of the titans!
9. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
inb4 Google Watch that works with Google Glass
2. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
2014 could see the kickstart of wearable and flexible devices. With MS and Samsung getting into it too, this will start to see some changes not just for the mobile industry, but the wider tech industry too. The Moto X imo is already the start with the voice capabilities without touch, wonder how Siri will be incorporated into the iWatch. Either way, creepy motion sensors, flexible functioning devices and intelligent assistants intergrated powerful pocket machines seemed science fiction a decade ago.
3. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
Wearable Tech will be the future. I'm guessing that time, weather, and some motion sensitive features will play the most role, along with music. It would be cool to look at your wrist to see who is calling you too. The smartphone will be the largest tech turning point in history and as it has spawned many gadgets such as tablets and now even watches.
200 years from now it might start to look like Blade Runner. I can't decide whether or not it's better to live now, or maybe then.
4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6743; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
LOL they must have lots of problems
5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5958; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I suspect they have run into someone's patent and are having to engineer their way around the patent.
7. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
That would be poetic indeed. My guess is they are trying to tackle battery life issues, and there isn't a solution with today's battery technology.
11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5958; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
If it is battery life issues, then they have to work on their balancing act - 'cause that is what it is about. Ask the iPhone development team about that. Unless there is a patent standing in the way....
6. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Why would I want to carry an iWatch when a Smartphone does 98 percent of the same thang?
13. guest (Posts: 111; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Totally agree. I don't see the point of the iWatch except as false hope for shareholders. If people really think this is going to vault them back to the top they are kidding themselves.
8. darkkjedii (Posts: 12739; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I want one of these, I'd prefer apples as it would sync with my current devices by them. However googles will do just fine...hurry up apple I have money to be taken
18. ianbbaa (Posts: 228; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
what do you thing the first edition of iwatch will do? It will be just plain crap that doesnt need to sync to any of previous apple device - to show you time and notifications from your iphone. Maybe 3rd generation will show you entire sms, maybe will be able to display whole sms/email to read - but you ll get blind some years of use it.
..but Apple will be happy to take your and others money, for sure...
10. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1294; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
For the longest time you could not rip my casio calculator watch from my wrist. But after dipping into smart phones for the past 4 years my skin color where my watch once was now matches the rest of my complexion. Today I rely on my phone for everything. I have no interest in these smart watches; I don't care who makes it. I only want one device to worry about when I leave my house.
12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5958; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
+1. There are soo many things that can be done with any of today's smartphones. Remember all of the challenges that occurred with the dinky 3.5 inch screen of the iPhone 4/4S? So many problems, that Apple moved to a 4 inch screen? Now they are proposing to step backward to a smaller screen than the 3.5 inch measurement.
14. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Oh I'm sorry apple, apparently your "engineers" aren't as smart as a bunch of random guys who made the pebble and then got support from kickstarter. Not to mention the already available Sony smartwatch.
No way you're going to be first on anything here. >:-)
15. joey_sfb (Posts: 3300; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Too early to tell. I waiting for Apple to wow us with their awesome iWatch.
I using the Sony smart watch, awesome software but build quality is lacking sent to Sony service 4 times.
17. ianbbaa (Posts: 228; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
First edition iWatch will be dumb enough just to show you time and some notifications (missed call, new sms, email...) from iphone only,
alloy build quality, rubbish displey, battery last you one day only...but apple will earn good money from those fans..
you know, fanboys ll pay for iwatches 399$ they just dont carre what it does and if it will be even worth the money.
What i will see in the future that iphones will stay in the pocket when ifanboy will come to the bar - he will just show you the hand with the iwatches
20. ilia1986 (unregistered)
What makes you think that the iwatch won't be the same? We all know how "sturdy" iproducts are lol.
21. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
They will wow us with everything that they steal and copy from everywhere under the sun and call it there own with help of Patent Office.
16. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
Seriously? An iPod Nano with a wristband?
19. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
From the smartwatches released so far I think its getting safe to say the technology is DOA. They have no advtanages over a phone and only a Hipster/kid who wants "swag" would buy.
22. DFranch (Posts: 140; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
I wonder if the iWatch is that good of an idea? First, many people don't even wear watches anymore, they just use their phone, so I think that might be a hard sell. I wouldn't want to charge my watch every day. I wear a citizen echo drive just so I don't have to worry about changing batteries. So far the prototypes I've seen are way too big on the wrist.