iWatch with Wireless Charging Rumoured for October 2014 Launch
CtechCN reports that Apple’s rumoured iWatch will launch in October 2014 alongside the next-generation iPhone. Although the source couldn’t specify the screen size, it did mention that there were two iWatch prototypes with 100 mAh batteries in Apple’s labs. What’s more, Apple’s wearable computing device is said to feature wireless charging (via GForGames).
To put the 100 mAh battery into perspective, the report points to the Samsung Galaxy Gear’s 315 mAh battery. The smartwatch received heavy criticism over its poor battery life. From this perspective, 100 mAh seems very small, but we need to mention that we are talking only about prototypes here, so the iWatch is currently in the testing phase, which would allow Apple to meet its proposed standard of 4–5 days on a single charge.
The rumour reinforces an earlier report of two iWatch devices. About a month ago, DisplaySearch’s vice president of the greater China market, David Hsieh, whispered during a conference in Taiwan that Apple is currently testing two models: 1.3-inch and 1.7-inch models with OLED displays.
Digitimes Research published a report saying that the iWatch will be the biggest boost to the market’s overall smartwatch shipments. Back then it suggested that the rumoured wearable device would arrive in the second half of 2014.