Apple Watch Rumored To Have "Standard" Smartwatch Specs

During device announcements, Apple is notably light on technical details, preferring to use phrases such as "faster" or "more secure", which is admittedly what consumers prefer to hear. That said, knowing the innards of a device is always an interesting adventure, and thanks to an analyst who checked Apple's supply chain, we might be getting a glimpse of the parts that will make the Apple Watch tick.

Do note, however, that the supply chain really only has a list of component makers, and not the components themselves, so it is sometimes a hit or miss. According to this analyst, the Apple Watch will come with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of memory. That said, there is also some speculation that there will be a special version with 8 GB of storage on board. This, of course, is news to us and Apple has never hinted at such before. The DRAM is said to be made by companies such as Samsung, Hynix and Micron, though no names are given for the NAND data storage.

More interesting perhaps is the belief that Apple's smartwatch will bear a Broadcom BCM43342. Interesting because this particular chip actually comes with a GPS radio, a feature that Apple has explicitly said isn't present on the Apple Watch. There are, however two equally plausible scenarios. First is that the Apple Watch does have a GPS radio but is disabled, which would give hackers, jailbreakers and developers something to look forward to, or that Apple and Broadcom have reached an agreement to have a modified BCM43342 that doesn't have GPS at all.

The analyst unfortunately makes no mention of the watch's CPU, though that may be a bit inconsequential. Considering the 512 MB/4 GB memory combo, it is likely that the Apple Watch will run on a 1 GHz or so dual-core processor, which would match the specs of most smartwatches today. But as we saw in the iPhone generation comparison yesterday, Apple is quite talented at maximizing every bit of hardware to its fullest potential, so even standard specs such as those might end up performing faster and better in the Apple Watch.

VIA: AppleInsider