Apple iWatch Coming Q3 2014 (Report)

It's shaping up to be a busy year for Apple, as the company is expected to launch the iPhone 6, iOS 8, and its long-rumored iWatch. The latter device is currently in production according to a new report, and Apple's first wearable could debut as early as Q3 2014.

According to Apple Insider, a new Chinese report reveals that Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta Computer has signed on to build 65 million units of Apple's iWatch for the device's first year on shelves. While Quanta will handle the bulk of the manufacturing, the report notes that other Taiwanese companies will provide components like touchscreen controls and circuit boards.

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The iWatch rumor mill has been churning for months now, with some reports suggesting the device will have a flexible OLED display while others indicate that Apple will use sapphire glass for the screen. The iWatch is expected to run a version of iOS, and Apple's recently leaked Healthbook fitness app would make a strong fit for the company's first wrist-worn device.

If the iWatch does arrive this year, it's going to meet some serious competition. Aside from existing wearables like the Pebble Steel and upcoming Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear Fit, the iWatch will be rivaled by Google's Android Wear platform, which is a wearable-minded version of Android that will arrive on a host of devices like the Motorola Moto 360 and LG G Watch.

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  • house70
    Perfect; hopefully it will have time to send a report of your whereabouts to NSA in between OS crashes and recharges of the inadequate battery. LOL
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  • bender3000
    Brought to you from the inventors of the watch AND the space time continuum! Let the patent trolls begin!
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  • game junky
    I am going to reserve judgement until I can take a look at it at a local retailer - if it's functional, stylish and won't eat a hole in my wallet I might snag one.
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