Apple will introduce multiple versions of the rumoured iWatch this fall, sources familiar with the matter have told the Wall Street Journal. Slightly contradicting Reuters’ sources, the WSJ has heard that the iWatch will be available in multiples screen sizes and have more than 10 sensors on board.
In line with previous rumours, the newspaper says Apple’s smartwatch could launch as early as October, and production will begin in two or three months at Quanta Computer, the iPhone maker’s assembly partner. The exact tech specs are as yet unknown – the development phase has already been completed, but mass production has yet to start.
However, the gadget is being held back (aka is not being manufactured yet) because it needs to be certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Citing Apple insiders, the Chinese Laoyaoba (via G4Games) reports the iWatch will include a wide range of biometric sensors, including heart rate, blood pressure, and blood glucose sensors. Furthermore, Apple is said to be working on a sweat analysis sensor for the iWatch in-house.
Another source at a component supplier said iWatch shipments are estimated to be between 10 million and 15 million units by the end of 2014.
Both the WSJ report and the Laoyaoba report add additional information to an earlier Reuters’ article, which claimed the iWatch would sport a surprisingly big 2.5-inch display, and feature wireless charging.
Apple is widely expected to introduce the iWatch at an October event.