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A new report by the Japanese business newspaper Nikkei alleges that Apple’s rumored wearable project, the iWatch, will be ready for launch in October.

The device will be reportedly outfitted with a curved display which uses power-efficient OLED screen technology, as opposed to the traditional LCD panels utilized on Apple’s existing devices family.

According to an unnamed parts manufacturer, Apple anticipates strong demand and is therefore planning to produce between three and five million iWatch units per month – a figure that would potentially exceed combined sales of all the various smartwatches floating around, by a large margin…

Nikkei reports that the “wearable health-monitoring device” will expectedly run iOS 8 and feature a “centralized function to manage users’ biometric information” via smartphones.

For the sake of completeness, an October launch contradicts both yesterday’s analyst report calling for a September launch and earlier supply chain chatter mentioning July/August production.

The report goes on to reiterate that Apple is partnering with Nike on fitness services integration, in addition to partnerships with the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic announced during the WWDC keynote earlier this week.

Specs for the new product are being finalized, according to industry sources.

It will likely use a curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touchscreen and collect health-related data, such as calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood glucose and blood oxygen levels.

These functions will be in addition to other expected features, like the ability to read messages sent by an iPhone. Again, the iWatch should run iOS 8 which features a new capability called Handoff (part of another new feature, Continuity).

It’s therefore fairly safe to assume that the device uses Continuity to tap an iPhone authorized with the same Apple ID and within the Bluetooth 4.0 range to read and send text messages and iMessages, maybe even make and receive phone calls.

iOS 8 also brings a new Health app, which acts as a central system repository for health and fitness data provided by third-party apps and accessories. Programmers can tap the new HealthKit in iOS 8 to develop software which interacts with the Health database.

  • jp2002

    Wont be able to wear these watches for exams! Damn

    • SkyFall

      Actually, put on a custom leather case and a watch face and you have yourself an ordinary watch. When you want to check an answer act that you check the time (put the brightness low, so the teachers won’t be able to see the letters).

      • Kurt

        Or you could just study.

      • jp2002

        I meant, even if you study, you wouldn’t be allowed to wear these inside the exam hall. Another personal item to be kept in the safe along with your other electronic gadgets during the exam 🙁

      • SkyFall

        Study, yeah but where i live (Greece) teachers demand from us students to learn from our History lessons the chapters exactly as they are written (Like a parrot, which says exactly the same thing as he hears). This and the anxiety of the exams makes the person when he sits in the class to write forget some important dates, events etc..
        Funny thing though one of the most important things of life (education) is the least developed one.

      • Dexter Boy Genius

        Bla bla bla. All i’m seeing is excuses for your laziness and inadqeucy.

      • SkyFall

        You don’t know me bro. But from your comment I understand that you are one of those people who think that they are the best. I study I don’t cheat, ok? Now I posted a comment as a reply to another comment that seemed to fit some of the students cause honestly if smart watches become available many students will use them to cheat. Also what I commented weren’t excuses but facts. Have you ever been to Greece? I bet you haven’t, I bet you think Greece is a bad country cause the media say so. Well things ain’t like that. You don’t know how education is conducted in my country so shut up.

        P.s I’m one of the good students.

      • TeChNoStyLeZ

        op elinas ? xD

      • SkyFall

        Ναι

      • TeChNoStyLeZ

        pantou eimaste re gmt dn to perimena na vrw ellina edw :p

      • SkyFall

        San ta entoma, eimaste pantou. Apo pote diavazeis, to iDB?

      • TeChNoStyLeZ

        edw k 2-3 xronia nmz esy ?

      • SkyFall

        1 xrono.

      • TeChNoStyLeZ

        nc

      • Dexter Boy Genius

        LOL! Don’t know how you were able to conjecture from my comment that I think Greece is a bad country. Are you subconsciously projecting your own belief on to me? Your reasoning and deductive skills are clearly a fail. And still all I see is excuses.

        “This and the anxiety of the exams makes the person when he sits in the class to write forget some important dates, events etc”

        Wow what a struggle. No one outside of Greece has ever had to deal with such difficulties before.

      • SkyFall

        Well see what you want. All I see is a cunt who made an account just to diss me. Well I know lots of cunts like you.
        “This and the anxiety of the exams makes the person when he sits in the class to write forget some important dates, events etc”
        I didn’t mean Greece in particular a-hole i meant all the countries whose students take exams, a-hole. Also did you make a new account cause I see only 1 comment when I click at your profile.
        Believe what you want cunty boy I just replied to a comment for a plausible thing that will happen once smart watches become available and I said Greece cause, Greece is 2 years behind new tech, (most of our teachers don’t know how to browse the web) so students will know about smart watches but teachers won’t .

      • jp2002

        Or could enable ibeacon technology along with geo fencing to disable all apps on the watch except for the time app, when inside the exam hall.

      • nazcorp

        Until it’s jailbroken… Lol

    • CS

      That’s what’s so good about the Pebble. Everyone keeps thinking its one of those Nike watches, but secretly I have every single answer on PebbleCards…

  • WaterTrooper

    I’ve been wanting a Pebble. I have money saved and we will see this fall. Pebble vs iWatch.

    • Ethan Humphrey

      I have a pebble original. They are awesome and look better in person than online.

      • Rowan09

        I have one as well and it’s really nice. I use it for fitness training.

      • Bob

        No, they suck balls.

  • Ethan Humphrey

    I love that concept, can you give me a link?

  • Tony

    I’m interested in the new watch but the price has to be right, anything over 200 to me is a rip off. With the new phone coming and all the features they’ll make exclusive to it I would rather pick that up then a watch. But then again I want to see it in action before I put down some cash. I get it’s an apple product but hopefully they don’t go nuts and put the price so high that people have to choose, phone or watch. I’ll go phone for sure then.

    • Brian 

      If you dont plan on spending more than $200 then dont waste your time waiting and go to the store right now and buy a Pebble watch for $150. Unlike the cheap materials and crappy display on the Pebble, the iWatch is obviously going to have a touchscreen of some sort, which will bump the price up a good amount.

      I own a Pebble btw. Sad to say it is in fact the best on the market as of now.

      • Tony

        They aren’t worth 200.00 though. It’s just an extension of your phone for monitoring. Like I said, over 200 is a complete and utter ripoff! I can spend the same and get a phone upgrade, unless apple goes to 300.00 this time around. Then it’s going to be a really tough sale for me considering the camera on the new phone is basically the same as the last 3.

      • Brian 

        iPhones are worth $650 though, not $200. So a price range of $300-$500 makes sense.

    • chin2793

      Mate just to give you a reference, even a average normal watch by a well-know brand costs you at least $150 and those watches don’t have anything more than a mechanical system.

  • Chindavon

    Too bad it’s missing the summer boat. Would have been nice to catch the fitness market during workout season.

  • Rowan09

    It would be nice if this “iWatch” is waterproof.

    • Brian 

      Waterproof, integrated Siri to respond to messages, and microphone for calls would blow the competition away, along with all its health-centered sensors!

      • Kurt

        Waterproof and having a microphone? Best we can get would be water resistant.

      • Brian 

        Says who? If a smartphone can achieve this then surely they can implement it into a smart watch as well.

      • Kurt

        hmm, you have a good point there.

  • Your Mother

    a curved screen wearable device….hm, where have I seen this before.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      How about on the majority of the worlds watches?

      ProTip: If you’re going to make a watch a circular design is probably better than a triangular watch or any other pointy shape…

      • Your Mother

        do you extend that same logic to smartphones or can one claim ownership over basic shapes? ie rectangles with rounded corners.

        I smell a double standard here. besides, what watch do you know of that has a curved display?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        The majority of the worlds watches are circular. In regards to your shapes comment Apple (at least I’m assuming you’re referring to them) claims ownership on the design of their smartphone but not on the shape. You are free to use the shape however you want but be aware that if you use it for a smartphone design in a manner similar to the iPhone you will leave yourself open to litigation by Apple…

      • Your Mother

        similar in the sense that it shares the same basic shape as was the case with the original iPad and the original Galaxy Tab 10.1–two tablets that only looked alike if you had the screen turned off and either one rotated (portrait or landscape) to look like the other.

        the design of the 1st iPhone was similar to LG’s Prada phone and Samsung’s F700 but neither of those companies thought to file lawsuits over it.

        In fact, there’s a Samsung media player that that looks quite a bit like the iPhone 4–except it came out before the iPhone 4. I cant remember the name of it right now but I’ll look it up if you want to see what it looks like.

        take a look at the 2006 Samsung Picture frame when compared to the 2010 iPad.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        The thing with the picture frame and the iPad is probably fine since one is a tablet and the other is a picture frame if they were tablets on the other hand and Samsung had patents on the designs they would be with in their own legal right to sue. In regards to there being phones designed similar to the iPhone before the iPhone the following is likely true:

        1. They don’t have design patents – If they don’t they can’t say Apple copied them even though in reality this would appear to be true.
        2. They don’t think they could win a court case or don’t have the money to do so in which case Apple is a very, very, very lucky company…

      • Your Mother

        If if they didn’t have patents they should still be protected under prior art.

        Take slide to unlock, already demonstrated on a device–the Neonode N1, yet somehow Apple claimed it as theirs and sued over it.

        Same for the 30 pin connector, that’s not Apple’s.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        …yet somehow Apple claimed it as theirs and sued over it.

        They claimed at as theirs since they designed the iPhone and somehow managed to get patents. Prior art form is basically irrelevant when you have patents. What I will say though is that the patent system is basically broken. These days you can get patents for anything and everything (and yes Apple and others have been guilty of this). Patents are great for inventions but there comes a point where things get taken too far (especially the somewhat vague patents Apple and others deliberately file for)…

        Once you have a patent though you have every right to defend it no matter how flawed your arguments may be…

      • Kurt

        Aidan is a good guy, but he think you mean circular and not curved as in wraps around your wrist.

        BTW, only Apple is allowed to own shapes. Probably typical corruption from this “too big to fail” companies and government agencies.

  • WolfgangHoltz

    Does someone actually cares about this anymore. iWatch and iTV have been killed by all rumors before they even launched.

    • Tony

      True, I am just curious what it will actually look like and how it relates to the iPhone. I’ve posted before, I’m not keen on actually picking one of these up because I feel the price cannot be justified. I have to many friends who are work out nuts and they won’t touch anything tech like these watches because the prices are to high, which I agree with whole heartedly.