Rumors and speculations about Apple's iWatch have inundated the web months before its release. While there are no firm confirmations of the iWatch release date; however, latest reports have suggested that the iWatch could see a day light in Q3 2014.
An alleged bill of materials for Apple's forthcoming iWatch has surfaced, with supply chain sources indicating that the device is expected to go official in the third quarter of this year. Fortunately, we might not have to wait much longer to find out about Apple's much hyped iWatch.
According to recent reports, Apple is getting ready to produce the iWatch shortly. The product will be manufactured in partnership with Apple supplier Quanta Computer, with components to be supplied by TPK and Richtek Technology respectively.
Moreover, the watch's processor has been designed by Apple, with chipset production being outsourced to South Korea's Samsung electronics. Believe it or not, Apple is said to be targeting production of as many as 65 million units by the end of 2014.
Well, the exact features of the iWatch are not known yet, past reports have indicated that the device will feature some sort of biometric sensors, an inbuilt heart rate sensor and much more. Rumor has it that Apple is designing a "Healthbook" app for iOS 8, which would help the iPhone and iWatch to monitor health rated activities.
A Q3 2014 release date simply means that Apple could announce the iWatch at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Source- Economic Daily, Digitimes,
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Apple iWatch – Display
Back in October 2013, there were rumors Apple had chosen LG to be the secondary supplier for the iWatch screen. However, now there is a strong rumor that Apple has finalized LG to produce a 1.52-inch OLED display for the device.
Apple iWatch- Battery
Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that the iWatch would have a curved glass screen. Moreover, Apple might have tested a method to charge the battery wirelessly with magnetic induction.
Apple iWatch – Home Automation Device
Cantor Fitzgerald's Brian White believes that Apple's upcoming iWatch "will be much more than just a smartwatch ". It is widely believed that the product will allow consumers to control their home (i.e., heating/cooling, lights, audio, video, etc.).
Apple iWatch- Biometric sensor
Back in May 2013, a report surfaced which stated that the forthcoming Apple iWatch would feature a biometric sensor. Here's an excerpt from the report:
"Investors shouldn't be misled by the word ‘Watch'. We think iWatch will not be positioned as a time-telling device, nor as a device that displays information from other Apple products," Kuo writes. "We are positive on the iWatch because its wearable design is helpful for offering more secure user identification and biometrics functionality."
Apple iWatch- Health Related Features
The iWatch could be a far more advance health tracker than previously thought. Apple is reportedly developing a health related app, dubbed the Healbook. The app will be able to measure things like your blood oxygen saturation, breathing rate, and hydration. Healthbook, is expected to be released for iOS 8 later in June 2014.