Are Intel and Apple working on a 1.5-inch iOS smart watch?

Are Intel and Apple working on a 1.5-inch iOS smart watch?
We’ve seen Apple incorporate the low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 profile in all of its products in the last two years now, but with little practical use. There are virtually no accessories to make use of that, but this latest rumor suggests Apple is prepping something big.

In a collaboration with Intel (strange as it may seem), Apple is rumored to bring a 1.5-inch iOS-based smartwatch to market. The 1.5-inch display would be of the OLED kind with ITO (indium tin oxide) coated glass.

What’s more, the Apple smartwatch might come as early as in the first half of 2013.

Interestingly, that would align well with Apple’s history of new product launches. It’s been nearly three years since the company launched the iPad, and around six since the launch of the iPhone. It seems a good time for the company to open a new page with a brand new class of device. But that is just speculation and rumors, so do take it with a grain of salt.

Interestingly, some analysts like Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster agree that an iOS smartwatch is a possibility. On Kickstarter, projects like the Pebble smartwatch have also gained tremendous traction.

Ron Mertens of OLED-Info also notes that this time, the rumor for an iOS smartwatch looks more credible. Mertens expects the smartwatch to use a PMOLED (Passive Matrix OLED) display, and thus avoid the challenges of display manufacturing.

The only thing that puzzles us is the collaboration with Intel. Why would Apple partner with Chipzilla when ARM is definitely the more power-efficient choice for the moment? When it comes to the price, Sony launched a similar LiveView clipping device that sold for $109 at launch. Now, it's down to around $20, but we expect Apple to shoot for more than $100 at launch, if of course there is any truth in that rumor. Let us know your thoughts about this and the possibility of an Apple smartwatch right below.

source: Tech 163, Oled-info via Mobile Geeks, Business Insider

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27 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

beyond fail

16. Droiddoes unregistered

Yup. I predict $300 USD, and apple patenting "a method of telling time from a device worn on the wrist".

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Great!! Now Intel will be "iNtel iNside"

3. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

As dull as iOS

27. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

As fake as android

4. ACRAN127

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

What a joke~!

5. zaryab_hussain77

Posts: 104; Member since: Jun 30, 2011

iwatch.. 500$.. Revolutionary watch..the greatest thing happened to time since time

10. gmacattacks

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 07, 2012

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha right! and people will buy it because it's apple!

6. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

yes please. but make it cheap.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

APPLE DOESN'T like cheap products they only care bout HIGH PRICES/PROFITS in their pockets

23. drakesummon

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Aww Cant afford an Apple Product Mac,Iphone,Ipod,Ipad And Ipod Nano ( Kinda ) FTW!

7. Justsadd

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

copy cat ..sony smart watch

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

yep SONY SHOULD SUE if it ever happened

8. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I want Android smart watch!!!

11. josephnero

Posts: 776; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

there is already one or a bunch i might say

25. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Check out the Sony smartwatch, it's pretty cool.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple and intel...should b nice

12. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

The Sony smartwatch already kills this, I'm certain. But the Apple one will cost twice as much, do less than half and sell 10x more in volume.

13. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

I like apple now that it's partnering with intel

14. EspHack

Posts: 70; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

YES!! please! im waiting this since i got my first ipod nano watch band, is not that i like apple products, but they are what start the race tbh, the iphone, the ipad... and now this is! i hope to see this thing coming out and soon a lumia smartwatch!

15. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Isnt that just an ipod nano or like, the motoactive... or the sony thing or like... hasnt it been done already?

17. Droiddoes unregistered

Really not seeing the practical use here. Sure because it's apple people will buy it, but aren't watches pretty obsolete at this point in...time?

18. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

It was called the iPod Nano 6th gen before Tim Cook screwed up that idea with the 7th gen.

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

More law suits against watch makers coming around the corner.

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Oh yeah forgot to mention they will PATENT the watch also

24. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Perfect Crap. An iWatch combined with iOS map will land you in a wrong place in wrong time.

26. wojey

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

YES! I've been waiting for this for a long time. it will be cool if you can send txt through siri with the watch and make calls. Im definately looking forward for this.

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