New report says the iWatch does exist... as a prototype only

New report says the iWatch does exist... as a prototype only
There has been a bit of debate recently over Apple's potential iWatch. Some believe that it doesn't actually exist, some think Apple is doomed if it doesn't release it soon, and some don't particularly care what happens with Apple's wearable device. Then, there are those who skirt all of those lines, as we're seeing with a new report that says the iWatch is still in the prototype phase.

The report is little more than a rider in a larger piece about a new entry in the MacBook Air lineup, but it states that the iWatch does indeed exist, but that the device is still in the prototype phase, which means it will not be announced or released any time soon. And, it may even mean that the device will not be released at all. Being in the prototype phase is the ultimate question mark when it comes to Apple. It could mean that Apple is testing various designs for a device that is on the path to mass production, or it could mean that Apple is testing the viability of a product that may not see release. 

Given the reports on what Apple is doing with iOS 8, it seems likely that even if the iWatch doesn't become reality just yet, Apple will at least be releasing a fitness tracking band accessory. But, it also seems inevitable that Apple will be playing catch-up to Android Wear, Pebble, Samsung Gear and the rest that are already filling up the smartwatch space.

source: Weiphone via BGR

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50 Comments

1. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Moto 360 ftw!

3. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

nexus concept ftw

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

There are a number of really interesting entries in the smart watch market place. Apple is going to be facing a crowded field, which will make for a heavy lift to get traction in the market. Quite a different circumstance from what Apple faced in 2007.

8. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I'm guessing it will be exactly like the iPhone. It will sell very well in places like the US and Japan, but be a blip everywhere else. That alone is more than enough to make it a profitable device for Apple.

17. Sauce unregistered

Apple still sells more in other regions of the world than high end Nokia and Samsung devices. The magic word is other. Don't feel offended, just sayin'.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not many besides the two listed.

23. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

only in USA cause its pride and joy to buy and own apple products

33. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

When you look at markets outside of US and Japan, it's not there like when compared to those two. If Apple has half the US market, but less than 20% of the world market, it's clear where their stronghold is. Nokia, no surprise. SS, dog eat dog race. And btw, doesn't bother me one bit. As long as I can buy what I want, that's all that matters to me in regards to the big picture.

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Yeah because no smartphones existed before the iPhone lol! What is this crowd you speak of anyway. The gear? No one is buying it. All other smart watches are a joke except the 360 which could still get beat to market by the iwatch. It's pretty much still in beta as well. They showed it to us, but it's not being massed produced yet. Iwatch can go into production next month and be out by late summer. Last but not least, only the pebble is compatible with the iPhone, which means apples user base will more than likely be buying an iwatch.

2. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Moto 360 ftw!

4. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Moto 360!

7. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

really guys? troll apple article with moto 360 huh?...

11. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Its really not trolling, apple has NOTHING.

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

yes they do,apple they have hippys and cults

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes they do, they have 480,000,000,000, the top selling phone (5s), the top selling tablets (iPad Air/iPad mini with retina), and they're the #1 tech brand on earth. If that's nothing, I wish they'd give all that nothing to me. What does grahaman27 have? Hate...

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

nothing new, hasnt it always been like that we all know that dont we?

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

this is a apple article but everyone is talking about android, great

16. willard12 unregistered

" Apple will be playing catch-up to Android Wear." - This article

18. Sauce unregistered

I'm going to laugh at everyone if Apple ends up blowing sales out of the water like always when their smart watch gets released. Just like the 5c did during the winter quarter. LOL.

20. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It's okay. Fandroids already have this excuse ready to be used. "iWatch sells the most because there are a lot of choices for Android smartwatches compared to one with iOS."

25. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

1 option vs 6 apple users are very restricted only 1 is you can get your telling me when you open a business you will only give 1 option to your customers... your customers are your bread and butter, you must give more options and choice are you telling me you eat the same food every month just an analogy? choices and options colurs style feautres are great but apples world this does not exzist except inthere laptop and pc you have few spec o[ption democrasy is bad do you like dictatorship

27. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

i for got you dont have no merits and grounds of reasoning cause you are abnormal you are a apple fan

29. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Posting from my iPhone 6. http://i58.tinypic.com/28i8g43.png

35. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

but what i said is know an insult so these people that even apple blogs engadget phonearena gsmarena pocketnow bgr phonedog xda and every editors say is insulting them truth hurts ninetysix im refering whats true hippys cults and normal users lineup in apple store is that wrong info or right?

31. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Personal insults is what this has come to?

34. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

i have not insulted nor will i we are having a dispute which leads others to learn from others and acknwlde and sharpen the brains iq im no fanboy of anything but yes im a fan of powerfull good cpu and gpu and an intrest in open platform i have not insulted ninetysix in any way

41. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

So what is calling somebody "abnormal"? Good for you and your interests but some people might like and enjoy Apple's ecosystem and performance. They shouldn't be called names just because of that. That's all I am saying.

43. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

abnormal is not an insult but state of minds and not being one itself

36. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

im not a fandroid but a techy ile give everyone where credit is dued

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Troll TM used to say "dued" hmmmmm...

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