In spite of the continual wave of information pertaining to the iPhone 6, Apple is said to have a further trick up its sleeve in the form of the elusive iWatch, which is also slated for release at some point this year.
We’ve already heard that there could be more than one model in the offing, and now, The Wall Street Journal has waded into the debate by corroborating this notion. Additionally, its report on the matter suggests that Apple could throw in as many as ten health-related sensors as it makes a concerted push on the fitness and wellbeing market.
In the run-up to this year’s WWDC, it became apparent that Apple would be working on a health suite, which the blogosphere unofficially dubbed as “Healthbook”. What was eventually announced under the broader HealthKit moniker looks to be an integral part of iOS 8 and Apple devices in general moving forward, offering seamless integration with many third-party apps and peripherals, but even though no hardware was unveiled at WWDC, it seems almost certain that a smartwatch is on the horizon.
Companies like Sony have already accompanied the popular Pebble smartwatch in this sector of the digital industry, and with Samsung having just launched its Gear Fit effort – aimed squarely at the fitness-conscious – it would appear that its biggest rival in the mobile industry is poised to follow suit.
It’s not news that the iWatch is apparently packed to the gills with numerous sensors, and given how little we currently know of the product in terms of design, it’s perhaps the only aspect of the enigmatic device that we can be somewhat sure of. Precisely what sensors we’re talking about has yet to be established, but the WSJ report notes that there’ll be a real emphasis on health.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has already alluded to some exciting upcoming “new product categories” set to join the company’s repertoire, and although this doesn’t necessarily add any legitimacy to the iWatch chatter, it does seem likely – with Android Wear set to be detailed at next week’s Google I/O – that Apple will finally join the scores of companies that have already indulged.
Are you looking forward to the announcement of the iWatch?
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