Apple will release its highly-anticipated iWatch wearable gadget in the third quarter of this year, according to reports from the company’s Chinese production line.
Local news site Economic Daily, cited by DigiTimes, claims Apple plans to release the iWatch in either July, August or September, the latter tying in neatly with when the next iPhone is expected to be announced.
Apple expects to ship 65 million iWatches this year, the report claims, based on the quantity of materials Apple has ordered from its various suppliers.
A second story, again from DigiTimes, corroborates this third-quarter timeframe, and states that three firms have supplied Apple with samples of flexible circuit boards to be used in the smartwatch. These companies are Flexium Interconnect, Career Technology and Zhen Ding Technology Holding, the latter currently being Apple’s largest supplier of such parts.
It is worth noting that, until Apple announces anything officially, these reports cannot be validated. However, the sheer number of reports surrounding the iWatch make it extremely likely that Apple is developing a smartwatch to compete with the Pebble, Samsung Gear and Google’s Android Wear platform.
The iWatch is expected to focus on health and fitness, syncing with a future iPhone running the yet-to-be-announced iOS 8 operating system and its recently-leaked Healthbook application, similar to Samsung’s S-Health app.
Source: DigiTimes, Economic Daily (Google Translate)