Rossenblatt Securities analyst Brian Blair is citing supply chain sources in Taiwan stating that the iWatch features a round display, and is similar in design to the Moto 360 smart watch (image below), but with a slimmer profile, reports Business Insider.
According to his supply chain sources, the iWatch will have a round face. Many people were expecting it to have a rectangular face, but Blair’s sources tell him it’s going to be round, like a normal watch.
It has been previously reported that Apple had managed to combine multiple sensors into a single chipset for reducing the size of the smartwatch, suggesting that talk of a slimmer profile is credible.
Blair also says that there will be more than one model, possibly one model each for men and for women, mirroring earlier sketchy rumors of 1.3″ and 1.7″ models. These rumours were given greater credence when generally reliable KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said the iWatch would be sold in two sizes…
In contrast to earlier reports that the iWatch was already in production, Blair claims that the watch is due to enter production “around July/August.” It had previously been put forward that the watch would go on sale in August/September. The iWatch is not expected to make an appearance at WWDC.
The iWatch is expected to play a key role in Apple’s speculated Healthbook app, with one analyst speculating that its cost could be subsidized by health insurers due to its anticipated focus on health and fitness.
Motorola has not given a specific launch date for its own Android-powered Moto 360 smart watch either, stating only that it would be released in “the summer.”
The teaser video for the Moto 360 can be seen below: