Looks like the Apple Watch won't be the device Apple originally wanted to make. That's the new bold claim in a Wall Street Journal report.
According to the report, Apple planned to make the Apple Watch as far superior device but failed to do create on time. The Cupertino-based tech giant wanted to create the Watch with sensors that could detect blood pressure and stress levels. However after four years of research, the company had to settle for a current iteration that only measures heart rate.
Apparently, Apple initially thought of adding advance health monitoring sensors that could measure the wearer's blood-pressure, heart-rate and stress-levels. According to sources, Apple Watch was challenging to make, and became known internally as the "black hole" for sucking in resources.
However, the Apple Watch will comes with some health features such as a heart-rate sensor and an array of fitness apps.
The report noted that "When Apple Inc. started developing its smartwatch, executives envisioned a state-of-the-art health-monitoring device that could measure blood pressure, heart activity and stress levels, among other things, according to people familiar with the matter. But none of those technologies made it into much-anticipated Apple Watch, due in April. Some didn't work reliably."
Despite being a complex device, Apple is reportedly looking to manufacture five-six million units in time for the launch.
"Apple is gearing up for a strong start. People familiar with the matter said the company is asking suppliers in Asia to make five million to six million Apple Watches in the first quarter. One of those people said half of the first-quarter output would be for the entry-level Apple Watch Sports and one-third for the mid-tier model, which has stainless-steel casing and a watch face covered by sapphire crystal."
As of now, Apple is fully prepared to launch the device in April. The company plans to sell the watch at different prices, starting at $349 (Rs.22,050). Reportedly, the top-notch model may cost around $4000 (Rs.2,52,000).