Until Apple actually opens up and gives us some specifics, every other week is going to be filled with rumors and “inside scoops” about when we’ll get the iWatch, and just what it’ll look like. Today’s got some new claims for us to dissect: according to a new report, the iWatch will be hitting store shelves this October.
We’ve heard these kinds of rumors before – specifically that the iWatch would be launched in the third quarter of this year. Today’s report, however, comes from Reuters, a pretty reputable source when it comes to news that tends to be regarded as accurate and trustworthy. According to their post, mass production of the iWatch will start in July, coming out of Quanta Computer Inc. based in Taiwan. Apparently Apple expects to ship around 50 million units before the end of 2014.
The post also offers up potential details about what shape the iWatch will take. According to one of the report’s unnamed sources, it’ll have a 2.5-inch display, and will be “slightly rectangular.” Additionally, “the watch face will protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape, and will feature a touch interface and wireless charging capabilities.”
Those last few details would seem to fall in line with a patent Apple had filed for improved curved displays. The patent calls for improved methods of creating flexible displays, and there’s no better place to put a flexible touch screen than on a smartwatch, right? That’s what I believed when I first wrote about the patent last year, and I’m sticking with that assessment now.
Furthermore, an October ship date for the iWatch also makes sense when put next to what we know about what else Apple has coming down the line. It’s releasing iOS 8 this fall, which is bundled with HealthKit, an aggregator that takes biometric data from other devices – like wearables – and puts them all in one place on your iPhone.
So we’ll be seeing the iWatch in October? Sure, take this report with a grain of salt (as ever), but I’d say that as far as this news is concerned…well, it’s about time.