Despite being a new product category, Apple is said to be targeting 65 million units in shipments for 2014, the sources say. The wearable computing device will be manufactured by Quanta Computer, and Taiwan-based chip design house Richtek is also rumoured to be part of the supply chain, while touch panels will be provided by TPK, the Economic Daily News report informs.
In a note issued to investors, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis also talked about the iWatch’s rumoured features (via AppleInsider). According to Curtis, the Apple smartwatch may include a UV light exposure sensor from the Texas-based Silicon Labs.
The sensor was announced earlier in February and is ideal for “activity tracking wrist and arm bands, smart watches and smartphone handsets,” Curtis highlights. What’s draws attention, though, is its ability to track heart/pulse rate and blood oximetry levels, and provide proximity and gesture control, sensing both infrared and ambient light methods.
It is worth noting here that earlier rumours about the iWatch claimed Apple may be preparing a device that is able to track various types of health-related data, and this sensor could enable that.