Rumor: iWatch with wireless charging due in 2014

By , Dec 13, 2013

iWatch C (Martin Hajek 006)

Apple’s rumored smartwatch, affectionately dubbed by the media iWatch, is scheduled for launch late next year and will include a wireless charging feature, according to a new rumor by a reliable Chinese blog.

Apple has already tested two prototypes, the story goes, and is shooting to release the health/fitness iOS accessory in October of 2014.

That would put the iWatch debut close to the upcoming iPhone 6. More on that right after the break…

Chinese blog C Technology, which made a name for itself by leaking iPhone and iPad parts earlier this year, is reporting that the iWatch will have the ability to charge itself wirelessly, no cables required, from up to one meter away from the charging pad.

The wireless charging notion seems very un-Apple, however.

Apple’s marketing honcho Phil Schiller touched on the subject of wireless charging in September 2012 to explain why Apple deemed it a non-feature.

“Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated,” Schiller said responding to the fact that devices with wireless charging don’t really solve a problem as they still depend on the charging pad.

On the other hand, prudent Apple watchers for the most part avoid taking everything Apple executives say at face value. You’ll remember Steve Jobs similarly used to insist his company would never make a smartphone, a tablet or a video-capable iPod.

Steve also called smaller form-factor tablets dead on arrival.

Apple patent (solar power converter 001)

I know what you’re thinking – wireless charging, right?

If it means anything, Apple’s patent filings indicate its active interest in both “realistic” and inductive charging methos. One invention that particularly stands out details a solar power solution (pictured above) that could be easily integrated into portable computers, mobile gadgets and wearable devices without needing unwieldy external converters.

C Technology claims the two iWatch prototypes include a 100mA battery. By comparison, the Galaxy Gear was blasted for poor batter life even though it rocks a 315mA battery. Another data point: the sixth-generation iPod nano has a 105 mAh battery.

iwatch
Comic via GeekCulture.

Bloomberg in March reported that one of Apple’s primary goals with iOS-driven iWatch is to last at least 4-5 days between charges, but early prototypes at the time would only go for a day or two between charges.

Here’s the Gear video.

Finally, the publication’s sources claim Apple hasn’t decided yet on the iWatch screen size. Research firm DisplaySearch previously suggested the iWatch would come in two screen sizes: 1.7 inches for men and 1.3 inches for women.

We know from Tim Cook’s recent comment that Apple is looking to enter new product categories next year with “exciting new products from us in the fall and across 2014” that are in categories which “represent areas that we do not participate today”.

What do you make of all this?

iWatch render top of post: Martin Hajek.

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  • bobism

    hmmmmmm

  • hkgsulphate

    whats the point of a smartwatch?

    • Zaidan Umar

      Everything -.-

      • hkgsulphate

        unlike android faplets you can use iPhone one-handed comfortably -.-

        unless they gonna release a bigger screen iPhone

      • http://mikelightman.com/blog mikelite

        everything what? I don’t see the appeal either. But, that’s why I love Apple bec. they make shit that I never knew I needed. But, I gave up a watch decades ago so I don’t know why I’d strap a watch on again.

      • Ted Forbes

        Exactly!!!

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      And what’s the point of a smartphone vs dumb phone?

    • bobism

      PROFITS for CELLPHONE companies,,

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Nothing at the moment can justify their price tag; everything they offer over a regular $30 watch is already achievable through smartphones. Eventually, that will change as they gain more and more functions that are best done on the wrist.

      • therealjjohnson

        I assume that the watch would incorporate all of the things that the NikeID watch does. That is prices at about $140. If i remember correctly, Apple recently hired the person who headed that project for Nike. If it has that along with other “apple” things I can see the price being $140 and above.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        You mean the Nike+ fuelband? All that offers is some step/activity tracker (sub parts of the GS4) with a bit of sugar coating (heart rate tracking). Personally, not enough to have a price tag over $100…

      • therealjjohnson

        I tend to agree, however that being the bench mark i can see it being price lower than that. If it is then great. I’m not sure apple sells anything under $99 as of now. (cant remember cost of iPod nano)

  • Shawn

    That design. Doesn’t look very comfortable. I know its a mockup but still…

  • Winski

    There IS NO iWATCH – AT ALL. And won’t be..

    • FL430

      79 Smartwatch related Patents filed and no iWatch…makes sense.

      • Guest

        That’s how a patent troll works…can’t deny Apple being the king of them all.

  • chumawumba

    When can we get a credible rumor?

    • therealjjohnson

      Even though that statement is a bit of an oxymoron, this appears to be a “credible” rumor. Whatever that is…

  • abu yazid

    ??

  • Micaiah Martin

    Didn’t they say this at the end of 2012? And we watched all this year for one?

  • illK†Δ

    If Apple makes a smartwatch, it will be very similar to the Pebble. I guaruntee it. Pebble and Apple believe that a Phone and smartwatch are two very different devices. Samsung doesn’t agree, they think you should be able to do everything on a watch. That is very stupid. You only glance at a watch to get quick information, not play angry birds.

    • Ted Forbes

      Lol!!!!