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Apple developing wristwatch device that runs on iOS, reports say

February 10, 2013|By Chris O'Brien
  • Two reports Sunday claim to have confirmed that Apple is developing a wristwatch-like computing device. Above, the LunaTik, an existing third-party accessory that turns the iPod Nano into a watch.
Two reports Sunday claim to have confirmed that Apple is developing a wristwatch-like… (LunaTik )

The cycle of speculation that Apple plans to build some kind of wristwatch or other wearable computing device kicked into high gear this weekend after a pair of reports claimed to confirm that such a device was under development. 

First, the New York Times reported that it had confirmed with multiple sources that Apple "is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass."

That story was followed by another report from the Wall Street Journal saying it had also confirmed that Apple "is experimenting with designs for a watch-like device that would perform some functions of a smartphone."

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There were no additional confirmed details about what such a gadget might do, what features it would specifically offer, how much it would cost, or even when it might hit the market. 

Speculation about a possible iWatch has been ebbing and flowing for several years now. In December, a Chinese blog claimed it had confirmation that such a device was under development. And this week, former Apple designer Bruce Tognazzini wrote an expansive blog post suggesting what such a device might do. 

He believed Apple was the perfect company to address the numerous design flaws, such as bulkiness and short battery life, that have made adoption of other such devices slow. 

"The first thing Apple has to do is address traditional drawbacks in smartwatch design, something they are qualified to do," he wrote. 

One other notable nugget from the New York Times story: Steve Jobs had told another reporter that he had very much wanted Apple to build a car:

"In a meeting in his office before he died, Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former chief executive, told John Markoff of The New York Times that if he had more energy, he would have liked to take on Detroit with an Apple car."

The idea of dueling Apple and Google cars battling it out for the future of our roadways may be the stuff nerd dreams are made of. 

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