The Apple iWatch has entered production, according to sources inside the company’s production line, and will launch in the second half of 2014.
China Times cites sources claiming Apple’s first attempt at a wearable device will feature a new type of production technology to make its internals as small as possible.
Translated, the report states: “According to supply chain sources cited by the Chinese media, Apple has already started producing the iWatch in small quantities.
“The smartwatch will allegedly be ready for launch in the second half of 2014, but more importantly, these fresh reports also claim that the iWatch will be built using SiPs (or system-in-package modules) as opposed to traditional PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards).”
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Not a single images of the iWatch has yet leaked online - a rarity these days, with products leaking months before they go on sale - but rumours surrounding the iWatch have picked up pace in recent weeks, with a launch later this year widely expected.
Having reportedly stopped development of its FuelBand fitness tracker, Nike is believed to be working with Apple on creating its wearable gadget - an indication that it could be more of a fitness band than a smartwatch, like Samsung’s Gear 2.
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Backing this up, leaks of Apple’s upcoming iOS 8 operating system for the iPhone include an app called Health Book, which appears to catalogue the user’s health and fitness - this data is expected to come from a wearable device.
Source: China Times