The iWatch could be just the device to steady the ship after Apple’s recent stock-market wobbles, it has emerged.
In a US poll of 1,713 consumers, 19 per cent of those polled said they would be be "very" or "somewhat" likely to buy an Apple smartwatch. And that’s without even seeing said peripheral.
ChangeWave director of operations Andy Golub said: "Apple's track record of delivering ultra-convenient, easy to use products with a perceived 'cool factor' is driving pre-release demand for the rumored Apple iWatch.”
The pent-up demand for the iWatch, which would be Apple’s first-ever move into wearable technology, comes amid signs that development is at a fairly advanced stage.
Earlier this year, it emerged that a 100-strong team is working on the timepiece, which would not make or take calls but would allow users to access a limited number of their handset’s functions remotely.
A patent filing also corroborated reports that Apple is working on an iWatch. The patent detailed an accessory with a full-length touchscreen, most likely running the same iOS operating system as the iPhone.