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Apple iWatch just an accessory: report

Cupertino’s wearable tech not likely to better Samsung’s Gear

(Concept only) The Apple iWatch may not have the features iFans were hoping for.
(Concept only) The Apple iWatch may not have the features iFans were hoping for.

Apple's iWatch is to be a peripheral device, serving a function similar to Samsung's Galaxy Gear, according to a report from mobihealthnews.com.

The iWatch project has a reported 200 people working on it, suggesting Apple considers the wearable tech to be a major launch. But as it will serve as an accessory with likely no standalone WiFi capabilities, consumers expecting a wrist-mounted iPhone will be disappointed.

Reports on mobihealthnews and 9to5mac claim confirmation of some health functionality, but a meeting between Apple executives and US Food and Drug Administration officials, is said to have been a move by Apple to sidestep regulation of the device. That will limit the health data the device can report to users.

Analysts were aghast at the unsubsidised price of the Apple iPhone C when it launched last year. The device was intended as a budget model but sold for over $700 in China, where average disposable incomes are relatively low. If Apple is to return to the game-changing product launches of old, the iWatch, as a mere accessory, will have to find a price point that will match the wallet of emerging consumers.