It’s no secret that wearables are quickly transforming into the next big thing in technology. Wearables in the form of fitness devices have been around for a while, but it is only now that we’re seeing them turn into ecosystems of their own. For example it was only a few months ago that Google unveiled Android Wear, an OS built from the ground up to work in smartwatches compatible with Android only. Now that Android has gotten its very own wearable OS, it’s time for other companies to do the same. The Apple iWatch has been rumoured for a while now. The device was originally expected to ship later this year.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iWatch will enter mass production in November this year. Previously it was reported to be the month of September, but complexities with the hardware has pushed the date back by a month. With Apple pushing back mass production to the end of the year, it raises questions whether the Cupertino giant will be able to meet demand for the elusive wearable. Even iPhones which enter mass production as early as July or August have trouble fulfilling demand.
There is very little that we know about the iWatch, however Ming-Chi Kuo did reveal some interesting information about the device. According to Kuo, the iWatch will come with a flexible AMOLED display which will be coated with sapphire crystal. We saw the wonders of sapphire crystal just a few days ago. The iWatch will also have higher standards for water proofing than some of the existing smartwatches. Apple will also have a custom designed chipset which will power the iWatch.
The iWatch is expected to tap into the new Health APIs introduced in iOS 8. It will have a number of sensors which will track health data such as heart rate, calories burnt etc.