According to The Verge, the rumored iWatch will run iOS, but that has caused battery issues during development of the wearable smart device. Verge sources confirm that this product is on target for a 2013 release, coroborating an earlier report from Bloomberg. Apple is said to be shooting for battery life in the area of 4-5 days, without needing a charge. The current prototypes are apparently achieving a ‘couple of days max’. The iWatch will require some work to iOS in order to interact with the iPhone, although it does have several hooks. It’s missing the settings required to interface with the watch.
A few years ago, Jony Ive reportedly ordered boxes of Nike sport watches. Ive leads Apples design team, so his involvement isn’t necessarily surprising.
The key highlights here is that Apple is choosing to work with a full version iOS for the iWatch and not go in the direction of the iPod nano. It’s also a secondary source confirming the existence of the iWatch, along with Apple’s plans to release it sometime later this year.
Source: The Verge