iWatch Cometh: October Launch Looks Likely
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.
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.