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iWatch Cometh: October Launch Looks Likely

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 5 comments

Think of Apple's latest iPhone commercial showcasing all sorts of fitness trackers as a prelude. According to a new report, the long-rumored iWatch will debut at an event in October. This would be one month after the expected launch of the iPhone 6.

If you're thinking to yourself, "I'll believe it when I see it," we don't blame you. But this latest report comes from a reliable source in Recode. The site names "people familiar with Apple's plans" as the source. What's more, Nikkei reports that Apple plans to move 3 to 5 million units per month. To put that number in perspective, Samsung had shipped (not sold) 800,000 Galaxy Gear devices as of November.

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Apple could change its plans at any time, but it makes sense that the company would deliver a one-two punch in successive months with the iPhone 6 and iWatch. The latter device would likely sync its data with the new Health app in iOS 8.

The iWatch is expected to sport a curved OLED display and come with all sorts of biometric senors for collecting such data as calories burned, sleep activity, and more. Nikkei says the device could also monitor sleep activity, as well as blood glucose and blood oxygen levels. That would go beyond all existing fitness trackers.

Apple isn't stopping with the iWatch itself. Its new HealthKit API for iOS 8 gives developers a platform for health and fitness apps to talk to each other by sharing information (with your permission). Apple has also lined up the Mayo Clinic as one of its first high-profile partners, which would enable physicians to improve patient care by being more proactive.

Although the iWatch's main thrust looks to be health and fitness, it should pack other functions, including the ability to display notifications from your iPhone and possibly run iOS apps. Whenever the iWatch finally hits wrists, we'll be ready to bring you all the details.

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    wemakeourfuture , June 6, 2014 7:17 PM
    Samsung thinks first to market means everything.

    Its about producing a product that people desire and brings marginal utility.

    And most customers aren't tech people who know programming or hardware they are the exception.

    If anyone can make smart watches a success its Apple. Every other company from Samsung to Sony has failed.
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    neon neophyte , June 6, 2014 7:21 PM
    i hope that picture isnt it. it looks like a womens bracelet from the 80s
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    BranFlake5 , June 7, 2014 2:37 PM
    Quote:
    Samsung thinks first to market means everything.

    Its about producing a product that people desire and brings marginal utility.

    And most customers aren't tech people who know programming or hardware they are the exception.

    If anyone can make smart watches a success its Apple. Every other company from Samsung to Sony has failed.


    Have you even seen the Moto 360? Motorola has a way better chance than Apple.
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    AK B , June 8, 2014 11:56 PM
    smart or dumb, no watch of mine will be one that has to be charged regularly.
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    ubercake , June 9, 2014 5:07 AM
    To me, these watches are a waste since you still have to carry your phone and they slave to the phone somewhat. I also hate iTunes.

    That being said...
    From a sales standpoint, I believe Apple will be the first successful company with regard to these devices. Apple marketing has created such a need in their customers for the newest of their devices as well as turned their brand into a sort of smart status symbol. It can't help but sell.

    Kudos to Apple marketing! They are amazing. Their methodology should be studied in business schools the world over.
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