Get ready, because the iWatch is coming this October,rather than alongside the iPhone 6 in September, according to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review. Accordingly, the device will feature a curved OLED display and will connect to an iOS device to read incoming notifications.
According to a parts manufacturer, it plans monthly commercial output of about 3-5 million units, which exceeds the total global sales of watch-like devices last year. This confidence is backed by its partnerships with high-profile hospitals — it has teamed up with the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic …
Corroborating this report, Re/code’s John Packowzski confirms that Apple’s “first, long-in-the offing foray into wearable devices” is indeed slated for October of this year. The publication’s sources have been spot on with future Apple event dates earlier.
People familiar with Apple’s plans tell Code/red the company hopes to schedule a special event that month to show off the device, which is designed to make good use of the HealthKit health and fitness information-gathering app it recently showed off at WWDC. Could things change between now and fall? That’s certainly possible. But right now October is the target date.
The device will reportedly use Healthkit and Health, the developer toolkit and app for iOS 8 Apple introduced at WWDC this week…
Thanks to Healthkit, it will also collect and show data on calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood oxygen levels, and more. Nike is also rumored to be a partner with Apple’s wearable, which would help explain why development of the FuelBand suddenly ceased not too long ago.
Apple typically holds media events in September to showcase new iPhone hardware and October for new iPads.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been teasing the introduction of a new product category in 2014 for a while now, famously stating last year to expect “new products across all of 2014″. Eddy Cue, also, recently said that Apple has the best product pipeline this year that he has seen in 25 years at the company, which bodes well for this fall’s announcements.
An earlier analyst report had claimed that the iWatch will have a round display. A display which is both round and curved seems unlikely, so we’re viewing both as unsubstantiated rumors. There have been multiple reports that the iWatch will be sold in two sizes, which is not mentioned in this piece.