Rumors about the alleged Apple iWatch have been making rounds on the blogosphere. Most rumors suggest that Apple will unveil the Apple iWatch later this year, possibly in September alongside the new iPhone 6. While some of them are of the view that we may see the alleged smartwatch from Apple in October.
Reuters say, citing a source familiar with the matter, that Taiwan’s Quanta Computer will start mass production of the purported smartwatch in July. Citing the same source and another person familiar with the matter, the report further said that commercial launch of the device will take place as early as October. Quanta Computer will be the main manufacturer for the iWatch, handing at least 70 percent of the final assembly. The report further said that Apple expects to ship 50 million watches within the first year of the product’s release, a bold statement which is subject to change.
“Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc will start mass production of Apple Inc’s first smartwatch in July, according to a source familiar with the matter, as the tech giant tries to prove it can still innovate against rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd,” the report said. “While the watch is widely expected, the start date of its mass production and the extent of Quanta’s involvement were not known until now. Mass production will start in July and the commercial launch will come as early as October, according to the source and another person familiar with the matter.”
It further states that the alleged smartwatch will come with a 2.5-inch rectangular display, and the watch face with protrude slightly from the band — previous rumors hinted at a round display. The watch will also feature a touch display, as well as wireless charging capabilities. The watch will be able to measure several health-related metrics as well, and we’ve seen this in the latest iOS 8 as well. The source says that it will only work with devices running iOS as their operating system.
Let’s just take this with a grain of salt, since there’s no official word from Apple about the existence of the iWatch. We’ll update you as soon as we get any other information about the purported device.
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