Multiple rumors and reports are suggesting that the reveal of Apple’s first venture into wearables in the form of the iWatch is very close. This has been the case for a few years now, but recent information has come to light that reveals when we can expect to see the iWatch debut.
A recent report from Japanese newspaper the Nikkei states that the long rumored iWatch is in fact in development with a target release date of October. The iWatch will feature a curved OLED display and health tracking functions. This device will run on iOS 8.
The health tracking functionality has been rumored in the past. The iWatch was speculated to monitor health related data such as pulse, sleep activity, blood oxygen levels as well as calories consumed. Health has become more important in the wearables market as seen with the Samsung Galaxy Fit, which was designed specifically around those features.
Considering what Apple revealed at WWDC this week, the health tracking system makes a lot of sense and somewhat validates this speculation. Apple announced HealthKit on Monday, which will provide comprehensive health and fitness tracking built directly into iOS 8. If iOS 8 is in fact part of the iWatch, which seems likely, the health features built into the device will likely work alongside HealthKit.
The iWatch will also be able to provide users access to notifications, inbound messages and the ability to make phone calls. These are very typical features in smartwatches and are basically a necessity.
Most interesting in this report was the release date. Analysts have stated in the past that the iWatch may launch alongside the iPhone 6. However, it is more widely agreed upon that October would be the most likely month of launch. Nikkei has previously predicted launch windows for Apple devices correctly before they were officially announced.
It’s safe to say that wearables are here to stay. With so many major manufacturers investing in the smartwatch market including Samsung, it’s apparent all of these companies are competing to create the “next big thing.” The real question however is whether or not consumers are actually ready for this technology.