Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Watch’s entry-level version will be packed with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, according to Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri (obtained by AppleInsider). Generally, the iPhone maker has the reputation of not worrying about the specs of rival company products and rather focusing on the uniqueness of its devices, but that might not be the case this time.
Apple Watch may be in line with rival devices
Recently, rival devices such as Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Gear S were launched with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of storage, which is expected to be matched by the Apple Watch. However, on-board storage would be more spacious in the Apple Watch as Arcuri believes it would come with an 8GB version. Samsung, Hynix and Micron will be RAM suppliers to Apple.
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Apple offered few details about its internal component such as processor type or available storage during the launch. Retailers are expected to stock the Apple Watch by early 2015. The gadget will come with a heart-rate monitor, fitness tracking, support for Apple Pay and Sir,i and of course first with wireless charging.
The Cupertino, California-based company boasts that its watch can perform functions that others are incapable of, such as accurately monitoring a pulse, along with movement tracking. This opens a lot of opportunity for app developers, who can make apps to monitor health, fitness and even emotions.
Expected features of Apple Watch
According to Arcuri, the Apple Watch will have a wireless chip like the Broadcom BCM43342 in the iPhone 5S, with or without any onboard GPS capabilities. The smartwatch from Apple with Integrated device technology is expected to be wireless. NXP and AMS will supposedly provide NFC chips for the smartwatch.
The Apple Watch sports a visible light spectrum and an infrared LED. This allows sensing of the blood vessels in the wrist, and the light is reflected back to the sensors on the watch to measure the pulse. User can link the Apple Watch through a barometer via Bluetooth in the iPhone 6 that tracks air pressure with the change in the altitude. Kai Kunze, who works on wearable technology at Osaka Prefecture University in Japan, said that the barometer will read the stair count along with the heart-rate monitor to determine the approximate fitness level of the user.