Apple and Intel Working on Bluetooth Smart Watch for 2013 Launch?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Chinese site TGBus reports [Google translation, via] that Apple and Intel are currently working together on a Bluetooth-enabled smart watch. According to the report, the watch will include a 1.5-inch OLED display from RITEK subsidiary RiTdisplay and will launch in the first half of next year.

    Sony SmartWatch (left) and Pebble e-paper watch (right)
    Full details on Apple's smart watch are unknown, but the report compares Apple's project to Sony's SmartWatch, although it notes that Apple's Siri voice assistant will provide for greater integration with the iPhone in allowing users to take phone calls directly through the watch.

    There are of course other smart watches taking advantage of the low-power Bluetooth 4.0 standard hitting the market as well, with one of the most highly anticipated ones being the Pebble e-paper watch that raised over $10 million on Kickstarter. But while the Pebble team has continued to give regular updates on its development progress, the watch has yet to begin shipping.

    Article Link: Apple and Intel Working on Bluetooth Smart Watch for 2013 Launch?
  2. macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
  3. macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2008
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    Elsewhere, USA

    I'd like this. Pebble is looking nice if they can ever get them released.
  5. macrumors 68000

    Oct 21, 2009

    intel? do they have a bluetooth 4.0 patent or something?
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
  7. macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2006
    I regret backing pebble every single day. It has taken them so long to figure out production when Apple can make something 10x better in just a couple of days. The pebble guys had a great idea and a great vision, but they were obviously in way over their heads. If this story is true my I won't even open the box before I put the pebble up on craigslist or ebay.
  8. macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Now we know why they got rid of the watch-like iPod nano.
  9. macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2012
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Upstate NY
    So will this always show the time as 10:15 as to not waste the battery?
  11. macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2009
  12. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Given that this is just a rumor, no we don't.

    When Apple announces it, then we will know
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2012

    I don't think I have noticed one in a long time.
  14. macrumors 603


    These competitors better watch out.

    For Apple.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    I call BS.

    Nobody wants wearable electronics. They seem useful in most people's imagination, but in reality they're not extremely practical (especially since you need your phone with you anyway).
  16. macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2010
    Clock, alarms, Siri; notification center; weather, stock updates, answer phone calls, control music playback ... So many possibilities for leaving iPhone in my pocket.
  17. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    Colour me interested. I've got a Pebble coming from that Kickstarter campaign (whenever they ship). The idea of a little device to communicate with my bigger devices seems really cool to me. It'd be much easier to quickly glance at my watch for SMS messages and caller ID, and for music controls than having to dig out my phone or the remote section of the earphones from under a scarf.
  18. macrumors regular

    May 17, 2006
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2010

    So you really enjoy the fact that the everybody in your surrounding can hear your phone conversation while speaking against your watch....

    I see Apple going downhill entering a niche market as nobody wears watches anymore.
  20. macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    Believe it or not it is still frowned upon to pull your phone out in many situations. This allows you to just do a quick glance at your wrist and not have to take out your phone. I wear a watch every day, always have. Also when you're strolling through the crappy parts of the city it's a bad idea to have your phone out.

    I am all for this. I bought a meta watch since the pebbles weren't out yet. It's a little weird at first but I find it very useful, especially at work. I can glance at my wrist and gauge from there whether or not that particular notification demands immediate attention or not. The watch battery lasts several days and the impact on the iPhone battery is minimal.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2005
    Lake George, NY
    I have a Pebble kickstarter preordered. Their final build is nearly complete, so they should start ramping up production relatively soon.

    That said, I'm very intrigued by an Apple stab at this market.
  22. troop231, Dec 27, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012

    macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    You'd better not cry.
  23. macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2009
    This. Pebble is like a lottery ticket. The fantasy and hope distract you from the fact that you are a sucker. They are learning to be engineers and I helped pay for their education.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2012
    Got my attention. The Martian watches have caught my eye, but I'd really just like a full color pebble with a mic.

    I must live on the moon then. I own several, wear one daily, and know quite a few others that do the same. We aren't even office workers/Teachers/Etc.
  25. macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2003

    Maybe mission creep, but they are missing a bet if it doesn't have GPS to use as an exercise watch. Would replace an existing non Apple gadget for a lot of users...

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