The Cupertino, Calif. based Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will be launching the much hyped iWatch wearable, which is also a most awaited gadget release of the year.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple could launch its smartwatch in different designs as well as display variants. The report also mentioned that the company will officially name the device as iWatch, which resembles its tradition of adding an ‘i’ before the name.
Hence, the wait for the most anticipated wearable computing device by Apple will be over soon, in just 3 months.
As of now, Google and Samsung have already expressed their deep interest on the smartwatch platform along with the health and fitness platform. That means, Apple has to cope up with the current trends and it should prove that it’s iWatch has something more than any other similar products in the market (existing and upcoming).
Samsung already has two variants of Gear smartwatches in the market along with a fitness band. Recently, the Korean tech giant unveiled SimBand fitness tracker along with a dedicated digital health platform called as SAMI. Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions (SAMI) will be such an open source software which will allow the storage of all he critical issues related to health. Samsung has also stated that SAMI will put in enough locks of security such that critical and important data is not lost or hijacked.
LG introduced G Watch, while Motorola comes up with Moto 360 smartwatch, both running on Google’s Android Wear; a dedicated operating system for wearable computing devices. Meanwhile, Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear 2 runs on Tizen OS and the company has already rolled out its own Tizen OS for its first-gen Galaxy Gear too.
Reportedly, Google will also launch its digital health platform ‘Google Fit’ in its upcoming Google I/O conference for developers on June 25-26. Now that Apple already announced about its HealthKit platform inside iOS 8 to collect health data from various fitness and health devices, its fans are eagerly waiting for a iDevice that would work as a smart gadget and health/fitness tracker, combined.
Apple iWatch could track body temperature, geo-location, respond to voice commands, track heart rates, blood pressure and more. Apple will try to bring the device, either to work with iPhones or work as an independent device. But, according to the report, Apple iWatch will be boasting over 10 sensors. Its aim is to address a criticism of existing smartwatches that they don’t provide functions significantly different from those of a smartphone, a person familiar with Apple’s plans told the Wall Street Journal.
According to well-known market research firm IDC, global sales of smartwatches (including fitness bands) will jump to 19 million units, which was around 6 million units in 2013. Analysts also forecast the global sales of such devices; expected to reach over 110 million units by 2018.
A Taiwanese company ‘Quanta Computer’ said to be the manufacturer of Apple iWatch. This company has a good history of manufacturing Mac computers for Apple since many years. The manufacturing company is expected to manufacture approximately around 50 million units or near about for the first lot to go under the hammer.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, iWatch may come with 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch variants, in which one of the variants may fetch a price of a few thousand US Dollars. Other features expected include an NFC chip, sapphire covers, flexible AMOLED display tech, and some biometric functionality.
According to the AppleInsider, Apple already patented its flexible iWatch with touchscreen display as well as the “slap bracelet” mechanism to conform the users’ wrist.