Is Apple Hiding This Launch Surprise?

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is said to be working on designing a Bluetooth smart watch alongside Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). According to Chinese blog Tech163.com, Apple supply chain sources say the iOS watch will sport a 1.5-inch OLED screen and have the ability to connect to an iPhone, enabling users to make phone calls and perform other tasks. The sources add that the device may be launched in the first half of 2013.

Earlier versions of Apple’s iPod nano media player could be attached to watchbands to be worn on the wrist, but the company increased the size of the device this year.

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If Apple were to actually release such a device, it would compete with the Sony (NYSE:SNE) SmartWatch and the Pebble watch, which raised over $10 million as a Kickstarter project to prove how high the demand for such a device was.

Among analysts, Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster has been a vocal proponent of Apple eventually making an entry into wearable computing.

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