By Stephen Schenck | July 15, 2013 5:25 PM
We’ve got smartwatches on the mind this afternoon, hearing that Microsoft’s entry, if it really does exist, could feature some cool translucent ceramic materials and might have its own LTE-capable cellular radio. Very intriguing stuff, but we’re just as interested to learn more about the rumors surrounding similar smartwatch efforts out of Apple and Google. Right now we’ve got Apple in our sights, hearing about some possible personnel changes tied to its own smartwatch development.
Reportedly, Apple’s been running into stumbling blocks while trying to get an iWatch design off the ground, and has taken to recruiting new bodies in order to get some fresh eyes on the problem.
The significance of this new, assuming there’s any truth to it, is what it tells us about Apple’s progress towards launch – if it’s still bringing new people on-board the iWatch project now, we’re probably not looking at any kind of fall launch. In fact, rumors are now suggesting that an Apple smartwatch wouldn’t be ready to go until sometime next year.
That may be unfortunate, but the idea of smartwatches have been around for a while now, and we’re still waiting for someone to really swing a home run with one – in that sense, the longer Apple waits, refining its design, the better its chances may be.