Apple Reportedly Targeting Q3 2014 Launch for iWatch

An alleged bill of materials for Apple's upcoming iWatch has surfaced, with supply chain sources indicating that the product will launch in the third quarter of this year, reports Taiwan's Economic Daily News [Google Translation] (via Digitimes).

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iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike FuelBand

The report claims that the iWatch itself will be manufactured by Apple supplier Quanta Computer, with Richtek Technology and TPK supplying chips and sapphire touch panels, respectively. Meanwhile, the device's processor is said to be developed by Apple, with chip production being outsourced to Samsung. In total, Apple is said to be targeting production of 65 million iWatch units by the end of 2014.

Notably, two suppliers mentioned in the report have been linked to previous stories about iWatch production, albeit with contrasting details. In November, Quanta Computer was rumored to have landed a contract to mass produce the iWatch for a Q2 2014 release, while a report this past February claimed that Apple had chosen TPK to supply flexible AMOLED panels for iWatch.

While the exact features of the iWatch are currently unknown, past rumors have indicated that the device will feature biometric sensors to track a number of health-related statistics, including sleep activity, UV light exposure, and heart rate. A "Healthbook" companion app is also said to be in the works for iOS 8, which would integrate with the iPhone and iWatch to monitor and track other health statistics.

To this point, most reports have pointed to a release later in the year for the iWatch alongside the iPhone 6 and iOS 8. A Q3 2014 release as indicated by the Economic Daily News would mean that the device could be unveiled by Apple sooner, possibly at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Top Rated Comments

Jsameds Avatar
132 months ago
Although I'm not really interested in buying the product at this moment in time, my inner fanboy wants Apple to thoroughly embarrass the competition's rushed efforts in this area :cool:
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69650 Avatar
132 months ago
Q3 launch? Along with everything else yet again. What a surprise.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
D.T. Avatar
132 months ago
Q3? Excellent, I’m getting in line at the local Apple store this weekend.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
madsci954 Avatar
132 months ago
Anyone else think the invite for this event will say "This will really be worth a watch" ? :D

Or "Time for Something New"
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hybroid Avatar
132 months ago
Apple is said to be targeting production of 65 million iWatch units by the end of 2014.

That sounds like it's going to be bundled with new iPhones. No way will sell that many by end of year alone...
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iWon't Avatar
132 months ago
Anyone else think the invite for this event will say "This will really be worth a watch" ? :D

I'd prefer: "It's about time."
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)