iWatch Reportedly Entering Production in Small Quantities Ahead of Fall 2014 Launch

Apple's suppliers have already begun producing the iWatch in small quantities, according to supply chain sources cited by China Times via G for Games, ahead of a prospective launch during the second half of 2014.

Echoing an earlier report from notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the site's sources also suggest the iWatch will take advantage of a system-in-package (SiP) design that allows a multitude of chips to be placed on a single module. This could allow Apple to the fit multiple sensors rumored for the smart watch into a tiny area while keeping the device small enough to be worn comfortably on the wrist.

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Traditional watch-style iWatch concept based on TRIWA's Havana Nevil Brown watch, by Gábor Balogh

Rumors have indicated Apple's iWatch will contain several different biometric sensors allowing it to track health-related statistics like heart rate, sleep quality, movement, and more. The sensors will aggregate data that will be stored in a rumored "Healthbook" application, slated for inclusion in iOS 8.

Along with including health sensors, the iWatch will likely function similarly to other smart watches on the market, integrating with the iPhone and iPad to provide notifications and quick access to frequently used apps and services.

Apple's iWatch is expected to ship in two different sizes to accommodate different sized wrists and it may also come in multiple price points and materials. According to recent reports, Apple's iWatch could make an appearance as soon as September, but a solid launch date remains unclear.

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82 months ago
I'll put some Moto 360 pics here, so that Apple knows, what they are up against ;)




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82 months ago

I'll put some Moto 360 pics here, so that Apple knows, what they are up against ;)

Image (http://static.androidnext.de/2014/03/moto-360-front.jpg)



The Moto 360 doesn't look nearly as good in real life as those concept shots.
It is pretty ugly actually.
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82 months ago

Wow, that watch is ugly!

to you . . . :rolleyes:
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82 months ago
I really can't understand why that mockup is being used so much. There is no way it will look like that. The traditional watch design makes no sense for a smart watch.

Hopefully more like this...

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82 months ago

Hello Moto.


I agree with John Gruber that Apple rumor sites need to quit posting concept designs/mockups with their stories. This particular article is very vague and makes no mention of what this so-called "iWatch" is supposed to look like. Why is MR throwing up a mockup that maybe nothing like what the actual device (if it even exists) will look like?
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82 months ago
This whole iWatch thing is going to be very interesting once it's released. For now, we know nothing. :P
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