If recent reports are to be believed, we can expect an October launch for Apple’s much awaited iWatch – a smartwatch that pack “curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touch screen” and capabilities to collect health related data.
According to a Friday report from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei Apple iWatch will “use a curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touch screen and collect health-related data, such as calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood glucose, and blood oxygen levels.”
Nikkei also claims that the iWatch will run a version of Apple’s iOS software currently found on the company’s iPad and iPhone. It is also rumored that the smartwatch will allow users to read text messages sent to their iPhones.
“The new watch-like wearable gear will run on this OS, which will be equipped with a centralized function to manage users’ biometric information via smartphones,” the report said.
The report also states that the iPad maker is planning to produce between 3-5 million smartwatch units per month.
However, another report from Cantor Fitzgerald analyst, Brian White, contrasts Nikkei’s October iWatch launch report, claiming that Apple would begin iWatch production this month ahead of a September launch alongside the iPhone 6.
“Our research at Computex this week points to a September launch for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a similar launch period (i.e., September/October) for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6,” White wrote.
“Additionally, our research suggests that Apple will likely launch the ‘iWatch’ in September at a very affordable price point.”