Now that iOS 8 has officially been unveiled, its time for the tech world to start picking up on rumors again. We’re back to wearable computing. This is the one area where the rumors might actually produce facts. All signs point to a release of the so-called “iWatch” later this year. According to Nikkei Asian Review, Apple has all but confirmed the new product for an October launch.
Nikkei Asian Review reports that Apple will launch a new watch-like wearable gear that will run on the new iOS 8, “which will be equipped with a centralized function to manage users’ biometric information via smartphones.” The news organization expects the device to release this October.
The unofficial specifications for the new product are allegedly being finalized with suppliers. “It will likely use a curved, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touchscreen and collect health related data such as calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood glucose and blood oxygen levels. It will also allow users to read messages sent by smartphones.”
Nikkei also reports that, according to an unnamed parts manufacturer, Apple is confident that the iWatch will be a hit. The iPad maker supposedly expects to sell three to five million units per month after the launch.
Apple has also purportedly teamed up with Nike, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, and a few more U.S. health institutions to develop specific ways of analyzing data gathered from the iWatch. We know from the WWDC keynote address that Apple has been working alongside the Mayo Clinic with regards to the HealthKit software development kit and the Health app.
Frankly, this rumor sounds reasonable. Apple’s recent unveiling of the Health app shows that the company is working on software in the market. It stands to reason that the company has further designs for a separate device that would be specifically dedicated to the health and fitness field. Whether it proves to be successful or not is another story.