Apple laid out the foundation for a future health and fitness wearable product at WWDC with iOS 8’s HealthKit. Earlier today, a rumor claimed that the company is gearing up for an October launch for the iWatch smartwatch, and a report from Re/code confirms these rumors, citing their own sources.
October. That’s the tentative launch date Apple has set for its first, long-in-the offing foray into wearable devices. People familiar with Apple’s plans tell Code/red the company hopes to schedule a special event that month to show off the device, which is designed to make good use of the HealthKit health and fitness information-gathering app it recently showed off at WWDC. Could things change between now and fall? That’s certainly possible. But right now October is the target date.
An earlier report from Nikkei further claimed that Apple was confident that the device would sell 3-5 million units per month. The iWatch would reportedly sport a curved OLED display, and come in two configurations, 1.3 inch and 1.5 inch. Recent rumors have also indicated that the iWatch will sport a round face like a traditional watch.
Apple also dropped a hint of the iPhone becoming a hub for health and fitness in a recent ad that prominently featured fitness and wearables.
While we don’t certainly know how the iWatch will look like, designers have created numerous concepts imagining the direction Apple’s product design team could take for the smartwatch.