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Apple iWatch, iOS 8 on the way

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

(Concept only) The Apple iWatch could be released later this year.
(Concept only) The Apple iWatch could be released later this year.

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.