Following reports from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg says Apple has "about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks handled by the iPhone and iPad."
For many people, cellphones have slowly replaced the need for watches, but there's a good amount of evidence that suggests people still like wearing a timepiece on their wrists. Need proof? The Pebble smartwatch was able to raise over $10 million on Kickstarter, well past its $100,000 goal. Who says watches are dead?
Sure, many companies have tried to build into a smartwatch niche, but none have really amounted to much due to unattractive pricing and sluggish connectivity to smartphones. If the huge market for sixth-generation iPod nano watch straps was any indication, it's that there's tons of demand for an Apple-made watch, or at least a smartwatch solution that works.
When Apple announced the redesigned seventh-generation iPod Nano in September, many people wondered why it was ditching the clip-on design — killing the pseudo-iWatch in the process — for a mini iPod touch design. Maybe that's a sign Apple is building a real iWatch and will finally make our Dick Tracy fantasies a reality (or maybe not). We can dream, can't we?