Apple’s iWatch project reportedly plagued by screen, battery problems

By , Jan 7, 2014

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A new report is out this afternoon claiming that Apple is experiencing multiple problems with its long-rumored ‘iWatch’ project. The company is said to be troubled by challenges related to the device’s screen technology, battery life, and manufacturing.

The device, believed to be a smartwatch of sorts, is expected to be Apple’s first big entry into the budding wearables space. It’s said to feature a display of up to 2-inches, and run a version of iOS capable of communicating with both iPhones and iPads…

BusinessInsider passes along details from The Information’s report:

“Here’s what Lessin is hearing:

- Apple has had trouble settling on a screen technology. It’s having battery issues, so it’s considered trying new screen tech. 
- Apple “halted advanced prototyping of some unknown pieces with one manufacturer late last year” but she also notes that Apple shifts manufacturers all the time, so this might not mean anything.
- Bryan James, who was working on the iWatch, has gone to Nest. James worked on iPods, and has a patent for Apple with Nest founder Matt Rogers on a watch-like device. (Rogers used to be at Apple.)

So there’s a few things worth noting here. The first is that this, as with any report on the topic, adds to the stack of evidence that Apple is indeed working on a wearable. And the fact that this comes from former WSJ reporter Jessica Lessin also adds weight.

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Second, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Apple is having problems with the project. Earlier this week, a report surfaced claiming it was having finish treatment issues with the iWatch, and last year there were reports of battery life complications.

So far it doesn’t sound like any of this will keep Apple from launching the device later this year—they’re your typical teething problems. Perhaps the only thing worrying in Lessin’s report is that Apple has lost another talented engineer in Bryan James.

Concept images by Federico Ciccarese

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  • Faiz

    All hail iWatch !!!

  • Antonio Fonseca

    link bait

    • Jacques Hragar

      Amen.

  • -___-

    Why do you keep showing that ridiculous iwatch concept?

    • Jonathan

      Because it looks cool.
      Only thing, not a one-size-fits-all.

      • OhSixTJ

        No it doesn’t.

  • 6th

    What’s link bait?

    • John Wickham

      It’s a story with not much meat on its bones, but with a headline to capture our attention.

      • Brandon Weidema

        to expand… with the sole purpose of getting page views, and hopefully people clicking ads.

  • Jeremy Scott

    I love apple products, but I can’t see myself wearing one of these. It would have to be pretty attractive and have some great features, that’s for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

    Well, at least Apple is very aware of his problems before releasing some crap to the public… while Sadsung on the other hand…

    • moofer

      You gotta charge their watch 3x a day.

      • http://www.genemalkin.com Gene Malkin

        LOL. Seriously?

      • ‘Ariff

        Not EXACTLY 3x a day but if you constantly use it for pictures and calling people then more or less

  • walter088

    There is a new tweak for allowing to charge with unsuported cables!!!

    • onebyone_

      what is the name of the tweak?

      • walter088

        Unauthorized lightning cable enabler alpha

      • walter088

        .. I dont know if its in a alfa state or its just the name

      • onebyone_

        thank you!

  • batongxue

    I can wait

  • moofer

    “Reportedly plagued” gimme a break.

  • bring_it_on

    From what is expected from apple in 2014, the iWatch, the Iphone6 and the supposed 12″ Tablet are all expected towards the end of the year..Is this a smart thing to do from a sales prospective? Given that a lot of apple’s customer base actually look forward to buy multiple products..I would have launched a product towards the begining of the year , iwatch somewhere in the middle and the iphone 6 during its usual september release…