According to the Wall Street Journal, the iWatch will come with a near-field communication (NFC) chip and support functionalities such as information transfer and payment process when it connects with other NFC-enabled devices.
Claims of Apple creating a new payment platform for the looming iPhone 6 have been doing its rounds for a while now, and if this feature is extended to its smartwatch too, you probably soon won’t need your wallets anymore.
The New York Times mentions that the wearable device will include wireless charging capabilities after Apple apparently tested a number of other charging options that included solar charging.
In terms of looks, it added that the unit won’t be too bulky – since its processor will be the “size of a postage stamp” – and that it will be almost entirely scratch-resistant thanks to its flexible display that’s clad in sapphire glass. The iPhone 6 is also rumoured to soon boast a screen made of the same material.
As for its software, it indicates that the iWatch will be heavily integrated with features of iOS 8, such as HealthKit and Handoff. But, it seems that we won’t be seeing the iWatch hit retail stores until 2015.
Along with the iWatch, Apple’s expected to out a 4.7in and 5.5in versions of the iPhone 6 at its imminent event. Can’t wait for it? Hang in there, we’re only days away from the launch.