While 8GB of internal storage and 512 MB of RAM seem low compared to iOS devices (which have 1GB of ram and 16GB storage), the specs are on the high-end for a smart watch. Some believe the iWatch could act independently from an iOS device, and Kuo's analysis falls in-line with that speculation.
Kuo is somewhat unsure about the casing for the device, but believes we will see 2-4 different types, with aluminum being the primary element used. He also sees the device will be rectangular in shape and feature 'holes' to measure vital signs such as heart rate.
Two different screen sizes will help Apple appeal to different genders and preferences. The fact that wearable devices don’t need much memory explains our prediction of an 8GB version with 512MB built-in memory. We expect casing material to be of 2-4 different types, with aluminum the most likely as it has been widely used in Apple products. A gold casing option is also possible, to add a luxury image to the product. We believe iWatch will be rectangular in front/ panel side shape. And lastly, like some other wearable devices, we expect there to be a number of holes on the back side of the device that can be used to monitor users’ vital health signs such as heart rate.
The report indicates that Apple will likely announce the product on Tuesday, however it will not be ready to ship until 2015.
Apple is reportedly considering a $400 price tag for the device.
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