By Alexandra Burlacu | Apr 15, 2013 11:50 AM EDT
An Apple iWatch device is again a hot topic, as the comments of an Apple board member spark new speculation about things to come.
Intuit Chairman Bill Campbell is enjoying his 16th year on Apple's Board of Directors, a position he assumed when the late Steve Jobs took over as Apple CEO back in 1997. Aside from being a board member, Campbell was also a close friend of the late Apple CEO and his reputation portrays him as a trusted corporate adviser and a "chief executive whisperer."
In a town hall meeting at Intuit headquarters on Friday, April 12, Campbell spoke with Intuit CEO Brad Smith about a number of things, inadvertently sparking new speculation about an upcoming iWatch. The internal event marked a rare appearance, as Campbell usually prefers to stay behind the scenes.
The conversation lasted for roughly one hour, during which Campbell discussed what would make a product great, how managers should act, products of the future and other topics, according to Business Week.
Looking ahead toward future products, Campbell noted that he was not authorized to give away specific details on upcoming Apple gadgets. He did, however, entice the audience by touting "a lot of things going on with the application of technology to really intimate things." Does this mean wearable technology such as an iWatch, or something even more "intimate?"
Before you think of an iBra that slides to unlock, Campbell pointed to Google Glass as one such intimate product.
"It's a phenomenal breakthrough," said the Apple board member. "When you start to think about glasses or watches, they become as intimate as the cell phone was."
Rumors of a potential Apple iWatch gained momentum earlier this year, with the rumor mill churning at full speed over several reports. Most notably, a report back in February claimed that Apple had a team of 100 designers working on a smartwatch device. Later that month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published an Apple patent application that all but confirmed that the Cupertino giant is working on a wearable computer.
Wearable technology is currently a very hot topic, with Google Glass and smartwatch devices from various companies, including Samsung, in the works. While nothing is official, it would make sense for the Cupertino giant to venture into the wearable technology playfield, especially since it has a strong reputation as an innovator.
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