Apple will reveal the iWatch alongside two models of the iPhone 6 at a media event on 9 September, and it will kickstart Apple’s drive into the home automation market.
Technology news site Recode, which previously reported Apple would hold an event in October - claims the 9 September date has been set and we will see both new models of iPhone 6 (with screen sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches) as well as a wearable gadget dubbed iWatch.
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Recode states: “The new device will, predictably, make good use of Apple’s HealthKit health and fitness platform. It will also — predictably — make good use of HomeKit, the company’s new framework for controlling connected devices — though it’s not clear how broadly or in what way.”
This could open up possibility for the iWatch controlling things like your lights, automated curtains, central heating, alarms, door locks and home entertainment systems - providing compatible accessories are installed through the home, of course.
In the shorter term, the iWatch is expected to focus heavily on personal fitness and movement tracking, similar to how Samsung’s Gear smartwatch range does now.
iOS 8, the new iPhone and iPad software which will be available in the autumn, has an app called Health and an app framework called HealthKit which can be used to track a user’s health and fitness.
The iPhone 6 - especially the smaller 4.7-inch model - has leaked comprehensively in recent weeks as it undergoes mass production, but there hasn’t been a single leak relating to the iWatch. We image that because this is a entirely new product category for Apple the device is being developed and produced (in very small quantities) at the company’s California headquarters.
That way, the iWatch is less likely to leak and we may see it for the very first time on stage at the 9 September event - the same was true of the first iPhone in 2007 and the first iPad in 2010. Both products were revealed several months before going on sale - a fact which ties in nicely with claims that the iWatch will not go on sale until early 2015.
Apple’s wearable will face stiff competition when it does finally go on sale. Just this week Samsung and LG both announced new smartwatches with curved and rounded screens respectively. The Samsung Gear S can even make phone calls and access the web with a 3G SIM card.
Although Apple is yet to confirm he iPhone 6, iWatch or even that a media event is taking place, if the date is accurate we expect to see invitations arrive on 2 September.