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iWatch team now at 200 people, device will be "simpler" than rumors suggest

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When it comes to Apple devices, the rumor mill is always pretty crazy, but so far the rumors surrounding the so-called iWatch have gotten a little out of hand. But, a new report has come out to taper those expectations a bit and claim that the iWatch will be a bit "simpler" than rumors suggest, which could be a very good thing for the device. And, as with most smartwatches out there, it sounds like the iWatch will require a smartphone for connectivity, but it is unclear if that means iPhone-only compatibility (though that is a good bet).

Recent rumors have suggested that the iWatch will be focused on health tracking, which would mean a pedometer and heart rate tracking. But, the rumors went beyond that to speculate that Apple might even add in glucose sensing and hydration tracking. The newest rumors are saying those will not be part of the iWatch, which is actually a good thing, because it will mean that Apple doesn't have to worry about getting the device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Apple has already reportedly hit multiple delays in developing its smartwatch, and getting additional regulatory approval would have only added more time to the release plans. 

The rumors are also talking about the "Healthbook" app that Apple has been reportedly building for iOS 8. We heard before that the app would be used to track vital signs like heart rate and blood pressure, but now it is being said that the app could also potentially track exercise, sleep, stress, medication reminders, and even data related to pregnancy. It is assumed that the iWatch would track all of these things as well, but it is possible that Apple would build an API to allow products like the FitBit to hook in. 

Whatever the plans are, Apple is reportedly taking this very seriously and is focused on the "experience" of the device rather than the technology of it. That shouldn't really be a surprise, of course; that's just Apple's usual process. Additionally, it is being reported that the team working on the iWatch for Apple has grown to about 200 people, which is a relatively small for a company of Apple's size. Figures from October claimed that Apple has just under 40,000 employees outside of its retail stores; and, numbers from early 2012 put Apple's engineer count at about 12,000. 

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posted on 10 Feb 2014, 19:55 1

1. tacarat (Posts: 805; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

I worry that this will turn into a catastrophe by committee.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 19:59 1

2. markhsu (Posts: 15; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

They are trying to make something out of nothing so it will be a disaster. Nobody I know wears a watch unless it is purely for fashion reasons.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:13 4

3. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

They must be desperate for help when they can't make a simple smart watch

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:20 2

4. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Given that they can't make a simple "Smart Phone" either, I'd say, "you are correct, Sir!!"

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:24 1

6. bibekpachhai (unregistered)

Desperate? If it's that simple, make one! I personally don't see a point of smart watch yet but this doesn't seem desperate. Apple is known for it's great experience for the consumer.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:30 3

8. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

What great experience would that be ... syncing with LooneyToones??

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:36 1

9. bibekpachhai (unregistered)

Yes I agree that syncing is annoying. I own an android device and have always but iPhone is great with user experience. Even though, it doesn't have the specs of android devices, it runs smoothly, gets support for way more than Android device. Yeah there are many pain points but so are there with android. Crappy software update, laugh device, a lot of battery drainage and I know there is always the option of rooting but I'm in a two year contract and can't risk my phone turning into a brick!

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 21:22

12. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Just some friendly free advice from your local neighborhood PAPINYC: take the insurance and, if you "brick it", just say you left it on the bus or the subway and, voila, you have a new replacement (albeit, refurbished but, better than "Full Retail"). FYI: It's really difficult to hard brick many of Samsung Galaxys - Motorola, different story - you'd have to be a total moron (or, just recently made the switch to Android from iOS). Anyhoot, I've been able to successfully unroot and send back a DROID X without a problem (circa 2011) and unroot a G-Note 2 successfully (just last month).

Remember: 'the only thing you have to fear is fear itself ... (and, Will Ferrell movies)!!'

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:22 1

5. donphone (Posts: 64; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)

Doesn't sound like this "iWatch" is anywhere near as ready as other articles have lead to believe. Sounds more like Apple is in beginning phases of concept development... my intuition says not to expect any product until very late in the year if at all this year.

Someone needs to do a smartwatch "right" or atleast would I would purchase, and no that's not pebble or samsung. Just a simple watch with notifications from your phone so you don't actually have to pickup/lookfor/reach for your phone, but that looks fashionable. I think sony has it best thusfar, but the looks don't do it for me. I like that idea, i believe it was Razar, had for the dual display on the band for privacy.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 21:57

13. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

We need to call it the iDontGiveaDamn watch....doing it right would mean a price tag of 99.99. I would still not purchase one as it is just redundant tech and people are simply wanting one for the same reasons they purchased an iphone, because it is fashionable and they must keep up with the Joneses. A big waste of money, as most people already have a tablet (for home, primarily, or school), and a smartphone - which does everything these smart watches are going to be doing.
What needs to be created is a device with an adjustable screen that can shrink down to be worn as a watch, or can be expanded to a smartphone with a 4-6 inch screen. If that can be done, then I will be interested....

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:28 3

7. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

I l♥ve to see all these concept photo-iShopped designs of this supposed iWatch; in reality, Apple will probably take and copy an old Casio design from the late 70's; make it compatible with iTunes 13.01213; add a touch screen and 3.5 headphone jack and, then, charge $499 for the 1GB version. Oh, and it will be available in three colors: 10K Gold, Pristine Retro-Aluminum and Snowy Virgin White.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:37 2

10. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)

It would be nice if Apple would make a round shaped smartwatch.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:46 1

11. willard12 (unregistered)

Why is that "experience" and "technology" are always presented as two things that are in competition with each other? Which piece of technology on a current smart watch are forums of users complaining about the horrible experience. Apple will probably make a smart watch that all of their traditional customers will appreciate. Rumors are usually incorrect, like the "confirmed" rumor about the Galaxy Gear having only 10 hours of battery life.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 04:14

14. ph00ny (Posts: 1509; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Now if the iWatch came out with bare functions, will it get the wrath of many reviewers like the Galaxy Gear did or will it be praised just for the fact that it's got an apple logo?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 15:43

15. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Galaxy Gear got grilled because of a number of reasons, including

1)too many features (it's a freakin' watch!)
2)high price
4)incompatible with non samsung devices (and at time of launch, only compatible with one model, and only a few more have been added since, it still doesnt work with the large majority of samsung devices)

I dont normally care for Apple products, but I doubt they'd muck u

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 22:32

16. willard12 (unregistered)

1. Too many features. I guess BMW should never sell another car.
2. High price. See if Iwatch is cheaper.
3. Ugly. OPINION, and not one shared by any reviewer
4. Incompatible with non Samsung devices. Since this is an Apple article, I don't expect the iwatch to work with android

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