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Apple’s iWatch dated for October

June 20, 2014

Nigel Chew

If Reuterís reports are to be believed, then Apple's much talked-about smartwatch is going to make its debut in October. The report touches on details of the so-called iWatch, including the fact that the device will feature a 2.5-inch display and wireless charging capabilities, and will have a built-in sensor that can monitor a userís pulse.

Reuters' Michael Gold reports the following

Apple will introduce a smartwatch with a display that likely measures 2.5 inches diagonally and is slightly rectangular, one of the sources said. The source added that the watch face will protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape, and will feature a touch interface and wireless charging capabilities.

The source said Apple expects to ship 50 million units within the first year of the product's release, although these types of initial estimates can be subject to change. The watch is currently in trial production at Quanta, which will be the main manufacturer, accounting for at least 70 percent of final assembly, the source said.

While the watch is widely expected, the start date of its mass production and the extent of Quanta's involvement were not known until now. Mass production will start in July and the commercial launch will come as early as October, according to the source and another person familiar with the matter.†

Again, several of the details in Gold's report match up with previous chatter, but the description varies a bit. We're not sure if the device is going to be round, curvedóor if it's even going to look like a watch at all. Some have speculated that it could look more like a Nike FuelBand. Reutersí report on the pulse reader as the only built-in sensor is interesting as well, since we have heard health being the focus of this device.

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Source: Mobile 88 Online (Malaysia)

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