Apple iWatch smartwatch nearing reality as 100 designers said to join the team
Apple’s rumoured iWatch smartwatch may be closer to hitting store shelves than we first thought, with Apple now said to be building a significantly sized team around the project.
Sources speaking with Bloomberg have claimed that the Cupertino company has put together a team of 100 product designers to work on a “watch-like device” capable of performing computing tasks that would supplement an iPhone or iPad.
Two fairly senior Apple employees are named in association with the project: James Foster, senior director of engineering and Achim Pantfoerder, a program manager. Other managers, marketing teams, software and hardware engineers are also now said to be putting their heads down to make the iWatch a reality.
The sudden surge towards a final design is said to come as Apple CEO Tim Cook comes under increased pressure to release a new revolutionary product as rivals like Samsung gain ground on Apple’s current smartphone and tablet marketshare.
The latest rumours concerning the iWatch detail a device that sits on the rest, made of a sheet of flexible, curved glass, possibly Corning’s Willow Glass. It’s house an Intel chip and 1.5-inch OLED display and would use Apple’s iOS operating system to run apps, access maps and make use of the company’s Siri voice assistant.