Apple’s said to be testing a curved glass watch that will work with users’ smartphones — the main appeal of which seems to be to make everyone feel like a spy.
Or a hard-boiled detective. Reports about the watch in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have already sparked a round of Dick Tracy nostalgia among the tech media, but specifics about the device are still sketchy.
Wearable devices are expected to become a growing trend in the coming year, with fitness-focused gadgets already gaining traction in the general consumer market. Google’s much-hyped Google Glass project has already laid some groundwork to make the idea of a wearable device much more mainstream. If Apple jumped into the mix — particularly with a watch-like device rather than Google’s odd-looking glasses — it could solidify demand for wearable tech.
The Journal report said Apple is already in discussion with manufacturing partner Hon Hai Industries; the Times reports that the watch will work on Apple’s iOS operating system. Both reports cite unnamed sources who aren’t free to speak about products in development, and have no details on when the watch may be released.