iWatch will run iOS 8 and launch this October


Apple’s long awaited and heavily rumored iWatch is set to land in stores and on wrists this October, according to a new report from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.

Unnamed sources tell the paper that Apple has begun finalizing specs for the device, which will feature a curved OLED touchscreen and run a version of iOS 8. In keeping with Apple’s push into fitness and health tracking, as seen through the announcement of its upcoming Health app and API for iOS 8, the device will allegedly use biometric sensors to collect health-related data such as calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood oxygen levels, and more.

A parts manufacturer suggests that Apple plans for a monthly commercial output of around 3-5 million units — a number that exceeds the total global sales of watch-based devices in 2013.

However, the report also contrasts with a recent statement from Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White, who calimed that iWatch production was gearing up this month for a September launch alongside the two models of iPhone 6.

Although little is known about the iWatch’s physical features, rumors have previously suggested that the device will come in two separate sizes of 1.3 inches and 1.5-1.7 inches. In Apple’s most recent fitness-oriented iPhone 5s ad, a smartwatch was conspicuous by its absence among the third-party health tracking devices Apple profiled.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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