Big news is coming in today regarding the wearable computer that Apple is rumored to be working on. According to both the Wall Street Journal and CNBC, the so-called iWatch will begin production this summer with a predicted launch sometime in October.
According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), unnamed sources claim that Apple is planning on making multiple versions of the “smartwatch.” The device will include more than 10 sensors, including health and fitness trackers, which the sources say are in response to criticism of existing smartwatches that don’t do much besides notify users of their smartphone activities.
According to CNBC, unnamed sources claim that the display will measure 2.5 inches diagonally and the screen is slightly rectangular. The face will “protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape, and will feature a touch interface and wireless charging capabilities.” The sources also claim that the device contains a sensor that monitors the user’s pulse.
Both news organizations predict that the iWatch will launch in October, although mass-production dates vary. WSJ claims production will begin in two to three months with one supplier beginning trial runs next month. CNBC says mass production will start in July.
Estimated shipping varies greatly between the two media outlets. CNBC’s sources claim that Apple expects to ship 50 million units within the first year of release. WSJ notes that market research firms are estimating global sales of all smartwatch devices will reach 19 million this year.
Since Apple unveiled the Health app and HealthKit for developers at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, the fire has been fueled for what the company has in store this Fall. The rumored iWatch, if based on health and fitness tracking, will fit perfectly with new features that will come with iOS 8.