By Stephen Schenck | December 13, 2013 12:52 PM
It’s been a couple weeks since we’ve had reason to discuss Apple’s smartwatch ambitions, when we got an update about a possible timetable. Rather than seeing an iWatch launch sometime in the spring, this source indicated that Apple might not get around to mass production of the phone until the second half of 2014, pushing retail availability out even further. Today we hear some new rumors about this hardware, reinforcing that idea of a later launch, and offering some details about the watch itself.
Supposedly, Apple is looking to introduce the iWatch sometime in October of next year. That sounds right up Apple’s alley, using an October event this year to launch the new iPads; all we wonder is how Apple might feature the iWatch – would it want the product to be the star of the show, or position it more intentionally as a lower-key accessory?
As for features, wireless charging could be on the table, going a long way towards combating the power issues that so regularly plague smartwatches. If we’re really to believe this source, Apple’s implementation could finally deliver the long range charging dream, with a functional range of one meter; that would be absolutely fantastic, but claims like that force us to dial-up the skepticism.
Finally, there’s this confusing note that the iWatch could only have a 100mAh battery – while smartwatch batteries are small, we rarely see them quite that small. One explanation could be that Apple’s just experimenting with such a small cell as it finalizes the watch’s design, and the ultimate commercial product could use a more more sensibly sized battery.