A new report suggests that Apple’s long rumored smartwatch, which is known as the iWatch, is not only going to be released this fall, but will also come equipped with multiple sensors to help provide diagnostic information and more.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the device, which could be released as early as October, will supposedly come with over 10 sensors that will track heart rate, how many steps you’ve taken, and more biofeedback. It is also reported that the iWatch will be available in multiple screen sizes and designs, and come with a health and fitness focused iOS 8. The WSJ source also said that Apple is estimated to produce somewhere between 10 and 15 million units by the end of 2014.
However, there are somewhat conflicting reports. Reuters reported yesterday that the watch will have a 2.5-inch display that will be manufactured by LG. The screen will be slightly rectangular, and the watch will have an arched shape, with the face of the watch having a touch interface. Wireless charging capabilities were also said to be a feature, along with a sensor that will monitor user’s pulse. Reuters also reports that Quanta Computer Inc., the Taiwanese computer manufacturing company that makes Apple’s Mac computers, will start production in July, and expects 50 million units in the first year of production.
Whichever of these numerous rumors are correct, only one thing really matters, which is that Apple is getting into wearable tech. The industry has exploded in recent years, with Google releasing Google Glass and their own upcoming smartwatch OS, Android Gear, which will be used in both LG and Motorola’s own devices, and with Samsung of course having the Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Fit. While Apple has not released a major new product since they introduced the iPad in 2010, CEO Tim Cook has promised that the company will enter new product categories this year.
No matter what it looks like, or what it’s made of, Apple’s “iWatch” is an incredibly exciting prospect for the tech world, and we should learn more as fall approaches.