New reports appear to confirm that an iWatch is on the way. Components to enable wireless charging for the rumored smartwatch are reportedly being tested by Apple, if the latest leaks are true.
According to various Chinese media reports, an insider at supplier Luxshare has revealed that the company's wireless charging coils are currently undergoing testing at Apple. Once the products are certified, the wireless coils are expected to go into production for the iWatch during the second half of the year.
This wireless charging feature could make it easier for owners to juice up their iWatches and suppress potential annoyances about lackluster battery life. According to Ubergizmo, Apple has had trouble trying to make the iWatch's battery last longer than 1-2 days on a charge.
The Luxshare source also mentioned that another foreign supplier is being considered for the wireless charging contract. According to the same insider, despite multiple reported leaks of production orders for the iWatch, Apple has yet to start production of the device. Instead, the company is still in various stages of testing, and a tentative September or October launch is anticipated.
Apple is notorious for its secrecy regarding product launches and roadmaps, so we are taking this report with a grain of salt. Given the rumors swirling around though, the industry expects the company to release a smartwatch with a flexible OLED display that runs iOS. The device would interact with the iPhone and iPad.
The possible iWatch is also expected to function as a fitness tracker, working in tandem in the upcoming Healthbook app in iOS to monitor your sleep and even blood sugar and hydration levels. To that end, the gadget could sport several biometric sensors to collect the relevant data.
There is already rising interest in Apple wearables, with 17 percent of teens saying they would buy an iWatch if it costs less than $350, Samsung's fitness tracking smartwatch, the Gear Fit has had mixed reviews, but Apple could take this nascent category to the next level.