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Apple's iWatch might have wireless charging, a curved display and iOS 8

Wearable gadget will also have a focus on health and fitness
Mon Feb 03 2014, 10:11
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GADGET DESIGNER Apple's rumoured iWatch reportedly will feature a curved display and wireless charging, along with a focus on health and fitness.

The New York Times cited "multiple ex-Apple executives" to report that the firm is testing a number of ways to improve battery life and ease of charging on its rumoured iWatch that it is expected to unveil later this year.

The Cupertino company reportedly is testing wireless charging, which if implemented will enable the device to be recharged by setting it on a charging plate, similar to that offered with the Nokia Lumia 925 and Google Nexus 5 handsets.

Apple apparently isn't sold on the idea yet though, and reportedly is also exploring both inductive motion charging and solar charging for the wearable too. However, the report added that since solar power is new technology that has yet to feature in an Apple device, it likely will be a few years before a solar powered iWatch makes it to market.

Beyond new battery technologies, Apple reportedly is also testing a curved display for the so-called iWatch. What's more, 9to5Mac reported over the weekend that the wearable gadget will launch with a focus on health, with the iWatch set to feature advanced motion tracking sensors.

iOS 8, which likely will power the iWatch, will also likely have a health focus, the report added, with Apple set to launch a new Healthbook app that will track weight loss and count calories.

9to5Mac added that the iWatch will also focus on mapping, hinting that Apple will look to improve its own mapping application in iOS 8 too.

While the iWatch is tipped to arrive later this year, there is no word on pricing or availability. µ

 

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