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"The team's size—which has grown in the past year and includes "managers, members of the marketing group and software and hardware engineers who previously worked on the iPhone and iPad"—might mean that Apple is no longer just experimenting with the watch. That it could be something more than that."Designing a watch is a completely different ball game as compared to designing a phone or a tablet,even for Apple.
- The biggest challenge will be battery life of the device. No one would be interested in charging their watch every single day along with the other gadget paraphernalia. The watch,if it were to be real, should not run out of juice at least for a week.
- The other big challenge is keeping the interface simple. At the end of the day it is a watch that does a few other tricks and not the other way round. Cramming a full version of iOS would do more harm than good. For example, the Pebble cannot send mails or messages but it merely connects with iPhone/Android device over Bluetooth and uses the phone's resources such as GPS and displays the notifications on the watch screen. Apart from this, the makers of Pebble have released a set of APIs that developers can use to build apps for Pebble. Perhaps Apple should take a cue from this and not try to overdo simplicity like the button-less iPod Shuffle.
- The iWatch's display should be bright and crisp especially outdoors where it will be used most of the time. The best choice would be to go with e-ink with a backlight display that be used both outdoors and indoors.
Like all rumors, this report needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. As of now, there is no detail about the timeline for the Apple Watch project. So don't hold your breath, for it might forever like the mythical Apple TV.
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