iWatch concept (All, Todd Hamilton 001)

According to a new report from the China Times, Apple’s manufacturing partners have begun producing the iWatch. Citing  supply chain sources, the outlet says that the company’s highly anticipated smartwatch has entered production in small quantities ahead of an expected fall launch.

The report echoes previous chatter, which has mostly pointed to a fall iWatch release up to this point. It also lines up with predictions from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this month, claiming that the wearable will be built using system-in-package modules, instead of PCBs…

Here’s more from the China Times:

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)

An SiP setup could allow Apple to fit more hardware into the tiny packaging, such as various motion and health-tracking sensors. It’s believed the so-called iWatch will work with iOS 8 and its new Healthbook app to deliver various health-related data points including heart rate and steps taken.

iWatch concept (Run, Todd Hamilton 001)iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton

Apple has, over the past year, hired a number of doctors, scientists and other experts in health-related fields for a secret project—said to be the iWatch. And more recently, Nike announced that it was shuttering its FuelBand hardware efforts, spurring talk that the two companies are collaborating.

Rumors regarding the device have ranged from a high-end, fashionable wristwatch design, to a high-tech fitness band with gesture controls. About the only detail we’ve seen stay consistent is the fall launch date. After years of speculation, Apple is expected to introduce the iWatch in September.

  • James Gunaca

    If it’s rolling into production, leaked parts aren’t far behind.

  • coLin

    Everybody is excited 🙂

    • édith Dupont

      Not me

      • Irishspongebob

        Shut up Edith.

      • édith Dupont

        FanBoy

      • Antzboogie

        Get off this site hater Apple all day!!

      • édith Dupont

        FanBoy

  • CanadianEh

    Hopefully it looks like the watch idownloadblog shows the odd time and not this band

  • Tommy Gumbs

    Let this rumor go already. Who gives a crap. I wear Movado’s and nice watches…not some crap that gives me notifications…that is what my phone, tablet, and computer are for. Let this shit go.

    • Stevealot

      Shut Up Tommy

      • Tommy Gumbs

        Don’t hate. ;). Lol.

      • Ickle

        Sorry, but Movado isn’t a “nice” watch. It’s barely an average watch. Hopefully the iWatch will be an above average wearable technology. 2 vastly different things. And lots of people give a crap, more than people that give a crap about Movado.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        ^^^^^^ LOL….I love reading this stuff…

      • Hyr3m

        Notice he said “I wear Movado’s and nice watches”, not implying that Movados are actually nice. I would tend to agree with both of you: they’re so-so although some of them are quite pretty in the minimalistic sense which I’m pretty sure many would appreciate if Apple made theirs like that. The bad thing about Movados is that they’re cheap quartz watches…

      • Tommy Gumbs

        That was a great reply! You get it!

      • Hyr3m

        Well I’m swiss… and I wear a >2k automatic watch every day… And I have a ~15k one for special occasions 😀

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I live in America. But I just returned from a visit to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. While on my travels a met a group of Swiss guys that ended up showing me around and getting me beyond drunk. Great people. Learned a lot about your country.

        Also, I race MTB’s. Nino Shurter(Swiss rider) is the man. Can’t wait for him to get off the roads bikes and back on the trails.

      • Antzboogie

        Tommy will be stuck in the past Lmao enjoy being a sheep.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        So having no interest in a smart watch makes me a sheep? Interesting….

    • I have a Movado too. I’ve wanted it for years, then got it, but for some reason never wore it, not even once. It’s a beautiful watch though!

  • I made a smart watch as a side project in our High School Robotics Club three years ago, and now all of a sudden after the pebble they are starting to become more popular. They are not that hard to make if you have a atmega328p-au, MCP73832,XC6206P252MR,DS3231MZ+, and of course res,breadboard,wires, avr-c skill, and a screen of your choice. We used a .96 monochrome OLED that didn’t use much battery. Anyway I might make a guide on how to make your own if I have time.

    • Irishspongebob

      And everybody knows exactly what you’re talkin about right? Only word I understood was OLED.

      • Shockster

        You sir made my day!

      • Irishspongebob

        Hell yeah!

      • There is a first time for everything. And No, maybe not everyone knows what I am talking about, Just saying if anyone is interested in making there own it is not that bad. Just such up avr-c. Thats all. Yeah it may seem complicated, but it really isn’t. It just like abc once you know the your base everything else is not as bad.

  • Jay Burgandy

    Hopefully no battery problems..!!