Nikkei reported on Friday that Apple is preparing to produce 3 million to 5 million iWatch units each month ahead of the release of the smartwatch rumored to be this October. Supposedly, this information was provided by an unidentified parts supplier as well as other sources close to the project.
The internal specifications of the device are yet to be finalized. However, one detail commonly agreed upon and verified in this report is that the iWatch will feature a curved OLED display. The device is also expected to feature a number of health features such as the ability to monitor heart rate, calorie consumption and sleep activity.
The health features make a great deal of sense. With the announcement of HealthKit by Apple at WWDC last week, it’s clear the company is hoping to integrate health based technology into their products. HealthKit is part of iOS 8 and if the iWatch is releasing in October, it seems highly likely iOS 8 will ship with the device. Health features within smartwatches are a common practice. The Samsung Galaxy Fit is centered around these very features.
The iWatch has been rumored for many years. With Samsung leading the pack with the Galaxy Gear line of wearables, the market is becoming more saturated and with Apple yet to dive in, it seems likely the time will c0me soon. However, it is important to remember that Apple typically attempt to take features implemented before and combine them into a device that brings them together cohesively.
It is unconfirmed whether or not the device will even be compatible with an iPhone, though it seems logical. Similarly, it’s still unconfirmed whether or not the device will be standalone or tethered to an iPhone. However, Apple has always stood by the notion of continuity between all of their devices, from iPhones to Macbooks.
With this in mind and the fact that every single technology company is hoping smartwatches are to be the next big thing, it’s important that a device is able to differentiate itself from the competition and provide features that are not only exclusive to wearables, but actually worthwhile.