The rumored "iWatch" from Apple has been floating around for the better part of a year. Other companies have already brought similar products to market, but so far nothing has been a home run. With Tim Cook's comments earlier this week that "new categories" of products would be coming in the near future, all fingers seem to point to a smart watch.
While there have been countless "anonymous reports" of the progress and features of the device, a recent article from CNet took a different approach to proving that the iWatch was actually in the works. Instead of focusing on the rumors, the piece focused on products that the company has already launched and what hints they may hold. This includes:
The iPod Nano
When the sixth generation Nano hit the market in 2011, one of the hottest accessories was a wristband case that allowed users to wear it like a watch. This peaked the interest of many consumers, wondering if a full version was on the way.
The mobile operating system was based off of OS X and the incorporation of widgets. However, instead of "desk accessories" like the alarm clock and calculator, they became regular apps. A smart watch would be the perfect platform for widgets to grow.
A major component to the success of any smart watch will be Bluetooth technology. Being located on the wrist, connecting headphones or taking calls can be uncomfortable and look foolish. However, Apple has been on the cutting edge when it comes to this technology.
While these are no more solid proof than the rumors, it does add new concepts to think about. With the help of an IT consulting firm that specializes in Mac integration, any company can ensure it is able to take advantage of the new technology.