New Rumours Suggest Apple's iWatch is a Simple Peripheral and No Smartwatch Powerhouse

By Gary Cutlack on at

More possible facts about Apple's forthcoming wearable device have appeared online, with the latest rumours suggesting it's likely to be a Bluetooth-only companion device, rather than an all-out attempt to shoehorn modern smart features into a watch. After all, make it too good and people won't buy iPhones.

According to sources quoted by Mobi Health News, Apple's future wearable tech is currently being developed by a team of around 200 people, who are working on something that sounds more like a notification assistant for an iPhone or iPad. The health aspects are likely to be limited to calorie-counting, motion tracking and vague stress-related advice, which will be managed by a dedicated app known currently as Healthbook.

The sources also pour cold water on one exciting angle, too. Apple was rumoured to have had a meeting with US healthcare regulators at the FDA, which got people excited about the possibility that genuinely life-changing innovations as glucose-sensing and more might sit within its smartwatch. That's not right, apparently, with the meeting allegedly seeing Apple only ask for assurances that its device can be sold unregulated. As in, it won't have any serious medical applications, at least not in initial hardware forms.

Still, it will have an Apple logo on it, so best think about what sleeping bag you'll be camping out in when it does finally get announced. [Mobi Health News]