Opinion: What “three revolutionary devices” will the iWatch be?

Concept image: Stephen Olmstead

Concept image: Stephen Olmstead

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone seven years ago last week, he described it as “three revolutionary devices” in one: touchscreen iPod, mobile phone and Internet communicator.

The iPhone wasn’t the first touchscreen smartphone. It wasn’t even close: Handspring launched the Treo 180 a full five years earlier (I know this because I owned one). Same with the iPod before it, launched three years after the MPMan (yep, I owned one of those too).

Apple has never been interested in being first to market, so no-one should be remotely surprised that others launched the smartwatch first. The company’s USP is its ability to take a relatively crude piece of technology being used exclusively by geeks and turn it into something so slick, beautiful and cool that mass-market consumers will find irresistible …  Read more

Ex-Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch to head former team of iPod engineers on new (iWatch?) projects

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French site MacG suggests that Kevin Lynch, the former CTO of Adobe hired by Apple almost a month ago, may now be heading up the iWatch project. Lynch is a VP of Technologies, reporting directly to Senior VP Bob Mansfield.

We have learned that Kevin Lynch has a created a new team inside Apple with a lot of engineers who previously worked in the iPod team.

The engineers include Robert Curtis (who worked for several years on iPod firmware) and Steven Bollinger (the author of several Apple patents for the iPod, iPad user-interface and multi-touch screens).

Of course, we don’t know exactly what they are working on, but with all the iWatch rumors, this move is pretty interesting

We noted at the time that Lynch’s appointment at Apple seemed an unusual one, so it would be interesting to learn what Apple believes he brings to the party. Read more