Rumor: Forget the Apple TV, the iWatch is Apple’s Next Product

iWatch ipod nano watchApple has already conquered the smartphone, tablet and portable media player markets with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, leaving many wondering what industry or product the Cupertino-based corporation will look into next.

Most analysts expect that Apple will venture into the television industry with the Apple TV next to compete with the likes of Samsung and LG Electronics, but it’s possible that the company might surprise everyone by releasing a so-called “iWatch” smart watch first. 

Talks of an Apple-branded wristwatch first surfaced around the time the sixth-generation iPod nano was released. A number of Kickstarter projects surfaced that integrated the tiny square iPod as a digital watch concept, while even Steve Jobs mentioned that board members liked to wear the device as a watch.

Nowadays, according to Chinese source TGBUS, chip maker Intel will play a role in the iWatch product. According to the report, the iWatch will feature a 1.5-inch OLED screen and ITO glass. Google translation:

Supply chain, said Intel is designed for Apple Bluetooth smart watches, this product is RiTdisplay 1.5-inch OLED screen, other aspects of the supply chain, with a rhenium ocean of OGS encore indium tin oxide transparent conductive (ITO) glass.

Apple has yet to collaborate with Intel as far as its iOS devices go, instead using system-on-chip processors manufactured by Samsung in Texas. Moreover, the company has yet to use OLED display technology in any devices.

This source in particular does not have a recognizable track record for Apple rumors, so we are sharing this report for discussion purposes only. Would you be interested in a wearable iWatch, or would you rather stick with a regular wristwatch or smartphone to get the time?

[TGBUS via The Next Web via iMore]

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