The idea of a smartwatch is nothing new; we’ve seen plenty of wrist-borne accessories designed to work alongside smartphones, and even some running smartphone platforms themselves. Pebble, with its e-ink screen, looks like it will be quite nice (if it ever actually ships), especially for iOS users. What about an official Apple smartwatch, though? You can wear an iPod on a wrist strap, but that’s not quite the same thing. Well, Apple might just have a full-blown smartwatch project in the works, at least according to some new rumors out of Asia.
Supposedly, Apple and Intel have been working together on this smartwatch, which would feature a 1.5-inch OLED display. The watch would talk to your iPhone over a low-power Bluetooth connection.
Unfortunately, the rumor isn’t much for specifics about just how the watch would operate; would you be able to load mini apps onto it, or would it just act as a sort of notification screen for apps running on your iPhone? We could end up getting those answers quite soon, at least if there’s any truth to these claims, as the Apple smartwatch might arrive as soon as the first half of next year.