A member of Apple’s top brass has dropped a hint that the much-rumoured iWatch is indeed in development, amid a slew of signs that tech giants are backing wearable tech as the next big thing.
In a talk at Intuit last week, Bill Campbell, who sits on Apple’s board, held court on the future of what he described as “intimate” objects, such as watches and glasses, and how they might incorporate cutting-edge tech.
In what some are interpreting as a tacit admission that Apple’s first-ever smartwatch is on the way, Campbell told the throng to look out for “a lot of things going on with the application of technology to really intimate things”.
He added: “When you start to think about glasses or watches, they become as intimate as the cell phone was.”
Campbell also lavished praise on Google Glass, the web and augmented reality-enabled specs that have caused such a stir on tech sites since they debuted back in February.
More signs that the iWatch is a firm fixture of Apple’s product pipeline comes after separate reports that the company has a 100-strong team working on its smartwatch and that it was being trialled across its campus earlier this year.
It's thought that the watch will be a peripheral to be paired with users' smartphones and will not make or take calls.