Apple is set to unleash multiple versions of its long-awaited iWatch this fall, according to a new report from the the Wall Street Journal.
Coming in multiple screen sizes, and boasting more than 10 sensors to track health and fitness data, Apple seems set to go way beyond the current smartphone accessory functionality seen in present generation smartwatches.
As we’ve been expecting, the report claims that the device will debut in October, and suggests that production will begin in two to three months at Quanta Computer Inc., the Taiwanese manufacturer that has long been Apple’s supplier for the Mac.
While this differs slightly from yesterday’s Reuters report (which suggests that production will kick off in July), the WSJ claims that Quanta will begin some production trial runs next month.
The usual sources “familiar with the matter” estimate that Apple plans to ship between 10 and 15 million units by the end of 2014, and says that the company is still finalizing specifications.
While there’s no additional detail on screen sizes, the recent Reuters story claims that Apple’s smartwatch will feature a 2.5-inch screen that’s “slightly rectangular.” Presumably this would be on the large end of the “multiple versions” alluded to here.
iWatch this space for more news.
- Source Wall Street Journal