Apple really is making an iWatch - but it might not be released for more than a year.

Tech blogs are reporting a fresh move by Apple by hire engineers to work on its currently theoretical - but patented - wearable computer.

The news indicates both that CEO Tim Cook is serious about making a push into wrist-based mobile computers - and that the device is nowhere near being ready.

The news comes from the Financial Times, who cite sources "familiar with the matter" who say the "aggressive" hiring initiative represents fresh impetus to get the device onto the market.

The FT says that the move "raises questions over the ability of its own engineers to develop wearable technology" and adds that development has been slowed by "hard engineering problems that they've not been able to solve".

Engadget said that the timing indicates Apple's iWatch - or whatever the device will be called - won't be ready until late 2014.

It had previously been reported that more than 100 engineers were working on concepts for the device, while the hiring of the former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve also hinted at the iWatch project.

And with Samsung, Sony and Google all prepping their own wearable products for the mainstream market, Apple will want to ensure that it doesn't miss out on the latest chance to change the world of mobile technology.

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  • Steve Jobs "Crazy Ones"

    This never before aired version of the "Crazy Ones" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/06/steve-jobs-think-different_n_998003.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003" target="_hplink">commercial is narrated by Steve Jobs</a>.

  • Henry Ford

    Print ad from 1981 foreshadowing Apple's use of famous historical figures in their 1990s "Think Different" campaign.

  • "A Is For Apple"

    Print ad from 1977, prior to the launch of Apple's Macintosh.

  • "1984"

    This now critically acclaimed commercial by Ridley Scott, which aired on January 22, 1984 during Super Bowl XVIII, was the world's introduction to the Apple Macintosh Personal Computer.

  • "Introducing Macintosh"

    Print ad from April 1984 explaining the inner workings of the Macintosh.

  • "Lemmings"

    This 1985 commercial was a less successful follow up to "1984." It first aired during Super Bowl XVIV

  • "The Computer For The Rest Of Us"

    "The computer for the rest of us" campaign of the late 1980s continued to build on Apple's brand "by portraying the Mac as embodying the values of righteous outsiderism and rebellion against injustice," <a href="http://www.wired.com/gadgets/mac/commentary/cultofmac/2002/12/56677" target="_hplink">wrote <em>Los Angeles Times</em> columnist Charles Pillar</a>.

  • "Who Needs A Computer Anyway?"

    Little known circa 1989 Apple campaign featuring cartoons from <em>The Simpsons</em> creator Matt Groening.

  • "What's On Your Powerbook?"

    This early 1990s campaign continued to emphasize individuality by having seeming opposites in the same ad both using a Powerbook.

  • "Crazy Ones"

    This ad featuring narration from actor Richard Dreyfuss first aired in 1997 in conjunction with Apple's "Think Different" print campaign.

  • "Think Different"

    This campaign launched September 28th, 1997 and featured photos of visionaries, thinkers, leaders, artists and inventors including Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lennon, Martha Graham, Muhammad Ali, Alfred Hitchcock, Mahatma Gandhi, Jim Henson, Maria Callas, Picasso and others.

  • iMac Colors

    iMac print ad from the late 1990s.

  • "Switch"

    This campaign launched June 10th, 2002 intended to get people to "switch" to Apple by featuring a series of "real people" explaining they preferred their Mac over PCs.

  • "Get A Mac"

    This is the first ad from the now famous "Get a Mac" campaign. <a href="http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/apples-get-mac-complete-campaign-130552?page=1" target="_hplink">It first aired in May 2006.</a>

  • "Thanks A Billion"

    iPhone print ad from 2009.

  • "Get A Mac"

    A "Get A Mac" spot from October 2009.

  • "Facetime"

    This commercial from 2010 accompanied the launch of iPhone 4 and Facetime, allowing users to video chat from practically anywhere.