Apple iWatch, iOS 8 on the way

Reports suggest Cupertino may launch its long-awaited wearable tech later this year

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Apple iWatch, iOS 8 on the way (Concept only) The Apple iWatch could be released later this year. (Todd Hamilton)
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 4, 2014

Apple Inc is expected to release its long-rumoured iWatch later this year, and the device may charge using methods other than the traditional wall-plug, according to a number of online reports.

The reports cited a single New York Times article that claimed Apple has been experimenting with electromagnetic induction, where a voltage is produced in a conducting medium through exposure to a variable magnetic field. Nokia uses a similar method in its charging "pillow" accessory for its Lumia range.

The iWatch will likely run iOS 8 and, like the Galaxy gear, it will act as a companion device, connecting to an iPhone rather than serving as a standalone item. Users will get access to a variety of the phone's main functions, such as call management, SMS, address books and reminders.

One feature of iOS 8 that is said to be heavily reliant on the iWatch is a health monitoring system called "Healthbook" that is designed to keep track of everything from calories burned to vital signs.

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