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Former Apple designer reveals original sketches, other tidbits about genesis of Apple Watch

One of the early design sketches of the Apple Watch. (Source: Imran Chaudhri)
One of the early design sketches of the Apple Watch. (Source: Imran Chaudhri)
Apple Watch is by a long way the world’s most popular smartwatch and it is now five years old. To mark the occasion, one of the former lead designers for the Watch has taken to Twitter to reveal some behind the scenes details never before revealed.
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Smartwatches have been around for a number of years with companies like Sony leading the way. Sony, incredibly, even owns the name ‘smartwatch’ among its trademarks although it now seems to have given up on making them anymore. It wasn’t until the Apple Watch launched, just on five years ago, that Apple hit on the winning formula of giving emphasis to health tracking features that smartwatches went mainstream.

To mark the five-year anniversary, one of the lead designers of the Apple Watch has taken to Twitter to reveal some of the history behind its creation and his involvement in it. Imran Chaudhri is no longer with Apple, which perhaps explains why he has given a rare insight into its early development without fear of getting the sack. Chaudry reveals some details that have never before been aired.

Among the tidbits is an early sketch of Chaudhri’s impression of how apps would work on the device with the user able to scroll endlessly through the apps and swipe between screens. Although the first idea didn’t quite make the cut, it is similar to what followed, while the second idea persists today and has been emulated in Android Wear OS among others. Chowdhri also revealed that the watch-like iPod Nano gen-6 was used as one of the early prototypes for the device.

Sadly, Chaudhri  and his team didn’t get to show Steve Jobs the fruits of their labor as he passed away just after the initial prototype had been finished.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1296 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-04-26 (Update: 2020-04-26)