More evidence has emerged to suggest Apple is working on a smartwatch, as a European trademark filing reveals the company’s interest in watches.
The filing is related to the Healthkit app which will be included with iOS 8, Apple’s new iPhone software coming later this year, and lists a wide range of wearables and time-telling devices which the app can work with.
It states: “Health, fitness, exercise, and wellness sensors, monitors and displays; medical apparatus and devices… Horological and chronometric instruments; watches; clocks; timepieces; chronographs for use as timepieces; chronometers; watch straps; watch bands; cases for watches, clocks, and horological and chronometric instruments; parts for watches, clocks, and horological and chronometric instruments; jewelry.”
It’s no surprise that Apple is looking seriously at the wearable tech market, having been rumoured to be working on a gadget dubbed iWatch for more than a year - but despite the constant flow of rumours there is yet to be a single leak from Apple or the company’s Chinese manufacturing and supply chain.
The rumours have been backed up by numerous high profile hirings made by Apple, as the company brings in experts from the sports, fitness, jewelry, wristwatch and designer clothing industries.
Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone 6 in September, but it isn’t yet clear if the iWatch will arrive at the same time, later in the year with a second, larger iPhone 6, or sometime in the first half of 2015. All we know for sure is that iOS 8 - available now for developers - will launch to the public in the autumn.
Source: TM View