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With five days until Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, rumors are swirling that the company could announce some new hardware at the five-day conference and pundits are holding their breath for a long-awaited iWatch announcement.

According to the latest supply chain chatter, the device will indeed resemble a traditional wrist-worn watch and will even have a rounded face. Jump past the fold for the full reveal…

Analyst Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities visited Taiwan recently and talked to a number of Apple suppliers who claim (via Business Insider) that the iWatch is going to look a lot like a normal watch.

According to his supply chain sources, the iWatch will have a round face. Many people were expecting it to have a rectangular face, but Blair’s sources tell him it’s going to be round, like a normal watch.

If Motorola can do a smartwatch with a round face, why not Apple, I guess?

On a more serious note, the analysts’s sources claim the iWatch will have a similar look like Motorola’s Android-driven Moto 360 device (pictured below), except for a “slimmer profile.”

A slimmer profile does sound like Apple, no?

Motorola Moto 360 (Cafe 001)

He’s also anticipating higher-than-expected shipments of 18-21 million iWatch units for the second half of this year, up from his previous estimate of 15-20 million.

Also, this:

Blair says the iWatch will go into production around July/August. There will be “models” of the iWatch.

We previously heard that the iWatch will come in two sizes, one for men and the other for women. The reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in April mentioned 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch iWatch flavors.

Both should sport a flexible AMOLED displays with sapphire covers to protect from scratches. Kuo also said the device would have various biometric sensors and an NFC chip and be “fashionable”.

Lots of ink has been spilled thus far on the device.

As pundits scramble to envision how it would change our lives, analysts are trying to decipher what it could potentially mean for Apple’s bottom line. iWatch talk is further fueled by Apple’s hirings of medical professionals, wearable experts and fashion industry gurus.

Still, I have a hard time believing that the iWatch will resemble a classic watch.

Of course, I could also be wrong. Should Apple in fact release such a device, it will signal a significant shift in strategy for the Cupertino firm and perhaps signify Apple’s desire to become more of a fashion brand than brand.

Image top of post: an iWatch concept sporting a classic chronograph look.

  • jack

    watches? no, thanks.

    • N&LH

      Why?

      • Jason Baroni

        He seems to be outta time.

      • David Gitman

        ..

      • the ghost of Steve Jobs

        its going to resemble my glasses …

  • Tony

    It all comes down to price for me. If it’s higher then 150.00 good luck selling that many units even if it’s Apple.

    • Yujin

      Is Apple so better stick with Casio.

      • arsenal6

        Its Samsung, might as well throw it out. How much they paying you?

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      $150?? It will definitely be priced more than the pebble… Even galaxy gear is.

      • Tony

        Then it won’t sell that many units. Across the board the fitness watches market had ripped a lot. It started out as a must have and now has become a fad. A bunch of fitness friends of mine won’t go near this stuff because of the price. They would rather use the money on a piece of a equipment to exercise more or a gym membership. There has to be a different reason for the I watch to capture people. And for me it’s the price. Anything more then 150 is a ripoff! I can get a new phone with my upgrade for 200 and it can do more so to me it’s a no brainer. New phone rather then a watch that is limited.

      • BooBoo

        This will be an accessory to your phone. The market majority will be kids who want a cool electronic device but don’t necessarily need another phone which is probably on a cheap $40 unlimited plan. This watch will be a fitness watch and more

    • Don’t forget that many people drop ten times the amount on traditional wrist-worn wathces so…

      • highNiggaPie

        Yea on watches from designer brands no ones gonna say “oh I just got the new apple” to a guy wearing the new louie

      • BooBoo

        Your louie tells time and that is all. My iWatch does 10 other things

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        That’s besides the point. People buy designer watches to make a fashion statement of some sort. As big a brand as Apple is I can’t see them attracting these people unless they are going to make a separate more expensive watch…

      • BooBoo

        First point is the iWatch will not be cheap. The second point is apple is synonymous for luxury. That is why people buy apple instead of Galaxy or windows computer. Apple is the only brand that movies pay them for product placement

      • @dongiuj

        BS. An iwatch or any other smartwatch for that matter will never replace my watch. Zero comparison in my eyes.

      • BooBoo

        Time will tell ; )

      • @dongiuj

        Hahaha.

      • @dongiuj

        So…..what?
        What with all the software problems apple has with its iPhones etc and then people having to wait for a software update that may fix the problems and then may end up with a new problem. Can’t compare a time masterpiece to a computer company’s display on a strap made in China.

      • Kurt

        If and when there is a problem with the iWatch will Tim cook tell us we are “wearing it wrong”?

      • @dongiuj

        Not if, just when. He won’t say anything apart from “update should fix the issue” but people will be left with a new issue and so on and so on….

      • Jamessmooth

        Exactly. We’re also talking about Apple here, with one of the most loyal fan bases there is. This thing will sell.

  • Your Mother

    Watches are one of the next big things along with other wearables.

  • Your Mother

    Samsung already has a ton of patents on round face watches so it will be interesting to see this and the Google watches.

    • arsenal6

      I don’t think you can patent a round face watch considering its prior art due to the hundreds of years the round face has been around for…

      • Sadly, Apple was allowed to patent rectangles on phones and tablets even though they’ve been around for decades…so, wouldn’t be surprised if this is granted to Samsung…the system needs to fixed!

      • @dongiuj

        Just like a black rectangular phone?

      • Your Mother

        my first cell phone in 1994 was a black rectangle.

      • @dongiuj

        Exactly. Where were you when Samsung needed you?

      • Your Mother

        that didn’t stop apple from claiming rectangles with rounded corners.

        the Samsung patent is supposedly thousands of pages and was filed some years ago. just wondering what, with regards to a smart watch is in it.

  • Jamessmooth

    I go back and forth on this. I have a hard time believing we’ll see an announcement at WWDC… where are all the “leaked” device parts of the iWatch? We’ve seen iPhone 6 parts (supposedly) leak since last month, and that device won’t even launch until September. People will buy this thing, no doubt about it.

    • BooBoo

      You are right they will save the watch for next summer. Guaranteeing increase market value for 2015. The iPhone 6 is revenue for 2014 and capital for watch production for 2015

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    What’s that? It has a round face you say? Well I’m glad we’ve cleared that up. It would have been a shame if it were triangular or hexagon shaped…

  • Jason Baroni

    This is only getting more and more exciting. Can’t wait for WWDC – I strongly believe we are going to see some hardware there, because if Apple push all new stuff to the end of the year (such as the iWatch) there won’t be a great amount of apps for the devices until holiday.

  • Guest

    Christian Zibreg’s “expensive” watch