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Apple’s mythical iWatch

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With Apple’s stock hobbling and questions lingering about its ability to innovate in the post-Steve Jobs era, investors and fans are latching on to hopes that the tech giant’s next big thing will be the iWatch.

While little is known of the mythical gadget that has recently become the hottest topic of Silicon Valley’s rumor mill, boosters envision a device that would let users read emails, Facebook notifications or caller ID by simply glancing down at their wrists.

The “smartwatch,” connected wirelessly to the iPhone, would tap the power of the voice assistant Siri to control music, dictate messages or get directions. Forget the wallet? Just swipe the watch near a scanner to make a payment. And as you jog home later, the kinetic energy of your movement would keep the battery charged while the watch measures your heart rate and the distance covered.

It would do all this and more. If it exists.

For despite all the speculation about Apple’s plans, nobody really knows what features it might include, and when Apple might release it.

And yet, this being Apple, such a watch, imagined or real, already faces monstrously high expectations. For Apple, there’s a big risk that releasing a watch that fails to dazzle, or that falls short of the iFantasyWatch people have in their heads.

Veterans of the smartwatch game caution that current technology severely limits the features such a watch could offer.

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