Apple to unveil first wearable device in October

By , Jun 6, 2014

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The well-connected and reliable John Paczkowski of Re/code reports this afternoon that Apple is slated to announce its first wearable device in October. While noting that things can certainly change between now and the fall, Paczkowski claims that October is the tentative date in which Apple hopes to host a special event to show off its first wearable device.

The report does not specifically mention the oft-rumored iWatch as the product that Apple will introduce, but that is one of the devices that the company has been speculated to release for the past several months. The wearable device that Apple does release will reportedly make good use of the Health and HealthKit platforms that the company unveiled at its WWDC keynote earlier this week.

This report corroborates at least part of what Japanese business newspaper Nikkei told us a few hours ago, which was that a watch-like wearable device, likely with a curved OLED screen, is slated for an October launch. Our own Christian Zibreg covered that report, claiming that the device will likely be “outfitted with a curved display which uses power-efficient OLED screen technology,” as opposed to the traditional LCD panels found on current Apple devices.

Nikkei reported that Apple is anticipating strong demand for this watch-like device, with plans to manufacture between three to five million units of the device per month; for perspective, that is more than the total global sales of watch-like devices last year. The publication also claims that Apple has reached a partnership with Nike, noting that the two companies have likely reached an agreement to integrate their services in the future.

If you were looking for a telltale sign that Apple might be working on its own wearable device, look no further than iTunes chief Eddy Cue. The senior executive at Apple was interviewed at Code Conference just a few weeks ago, and he seemed a lot more optimistic than usual. “Later this year, we’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple,” the executive said.

Apple held an October event last year to unveil new iPads and Macs.

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  • http://sciencedem.blogspot.com editor

    the eternal wait continues…..

  • richard bryant

    Finally! “I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life”

  • John Tremendol

    Wha..wai..wha?

  • Your Mother

    monkey see, monkey do.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      More like monkey hear rumours, Monkey make rubbish product after excaliming ‘FIRST’ as loudly as possible (the monkey being Scamsung of course)

      • http://www.liam-merlyn.co.uk/ ConduciveMammal

        You sir, deserve one of my limited edition upvotes :D

      • Your Mother

        Samsung had a filed for a patent for a Smart Watch years ago. like they did with the Note which suddenly apple wants in on as well as fitness which apple also now wants in on.

        give it a rest., you defending apple makes it look like you have nothing better to do on weekends.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        So you’re saying the fact that Apple has been trademarking iWatch in countries is for nothing?

      • Your Mother

        Samsung patented watch years ago as well but what I want to hear from you is what gives you the impression that apple is the only company that applies for patents or that apple never filed a patent on existing products–like slide to unlock and pattern unlock.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        …but what I want to hear from you is what gives you the impression that apple is the only company that applies for patents…

        I never said Apple was the only company that applied for patents. The point I did make though is that way before Samsung released their smartwatches Apple was trademarking the word iWatch in many countries. In regards to Samsung patenting a Smartwatch I don’t believe this patent would hold out in any decent court of law. A smartwatch is just a natural extension of a regular watch and I’m not saying the only reason Samsung has spammed the market with smartwatches is due to Apple but am strongly suggesting it. Even if this is not the case the Pebble has been on the market for ages and a few other companies also have smartwatches. The thing is though it’s not about patents or how many models of smartwatches you’ve flooded the market with but instead what it’s all about is quality. Quality is what it’s all about in any decent consumers mind and so far you’re beloved Samsung has yet to hit the nail on the head nor has any other company. I’m not saying Apple is going to get it right but if history is anything to go by 2014 is going to be a very big year for Apple in regards to new products and new markets whether you like it or not.
        /rant

      • Your Mother

        it takes years to develop a product or do you think Samsung follows apple around to see what they trademark then build a product around it? lmao.

        I’ll say it again, what makes you believe that Samsung wasn’t working on the idea of a smartwatch years ago?

        do you not know that Dyson, the company known for its vacuum cleaners have patents on smart watches and even something like Google glass from years ago??? obviously you don’t–if you followed tech instead of just blindly following apple you and others like you would know these things and would stop with the accusations that everybody copies apple.

        if names and trademarks mean anything, why did apple copy the name iPhone? which was introduced sometime around 1997 – 1999 I think by Linksys or Infogear.

        anything “new” Apple puts out in 2014 is in response to what’s already available–some of it for years already.

      • Andrew Roth

        Why did Samsung launch these products? Because Apple rumors made them popular.

      • Your Mother

        Samsung shelled out $14 billion on advertising, while Apple spent a mere $1 billion in 2013. Good products and advertising is what made them popular. rumors don’t mean sh!t. Samsung already has 3 wearables on the market and will soon release 2 more, including a smart watch with a sim card in it.

        why is apple launching a phablet? why did iOS 7 and iOS have a total of nearly 20 features ripped straight from Android and other companies?

        why did the most recent trial between apple and Samsung reveal Apple’s fears.

        “consumers want what we don’t have”

        “I watched the Samsung pre-superbowl ad that launched today… It’s pretty good and I can’t help but thinking ‘these guys are feeling it (like an athlete that can’t miss because they are in a zone), while we struggle to nail a compelling brief on iPhone.”

        “We have a lot of work to do to turn this around,” Schiller wrote in an email to James Vincent

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        why did iOS 7 and iOS have a total of nearly 20 features ripped straight from Android and other companies?

        Sorry, I must have missed the Keynote where Jony Ive explained how he took inspiration from the design and functionality of Android…

        (P.S if you can’t detect my sarcasm it’s there you just need to look a little deeper)

      • Your Mother

        Oh, I see–inspiration. so its called when apple “copies” but lo and behold if Samsung does only the slightest thing similar to apple (even when Samsung actually did it first) its copying. will you call in inspiration when and if Samsung or Google offers similar features found in iOS 8?

        NO, I didn’t watch any part of the keynote.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Yes you’re absolutely right. When Apple does something they take inspiration from multiple sources and add their own spin to it in order to ensure that it’s done right and not just blatantly copied from others.
        I could go on and describe many ways Apple has done something similar to other products and ideas but I shan’t since in reality (and by reality I mean the real reality and not just in my head) we all know that when Apple does something irrespective of the origin of what their doing, they are doing it right and not just blatantly copying others. To close this comment I Leave you with the following thought:

        If Samsung is so great and innovative how come they: a) feel the need to cheat benchmarks
        And
        b) Don’t even own their own mobile OS and instead opt to copy use Android instead

      • Your Mother

        And what’s your definition of ‘done right’ the iPhone 4 antenna? Google maps? Screen glitch and about 5 other hardware related problems of the iPhone 5?

        What was blatantly copied from Apple? Apple is a company that hasn’t invented anything, not one thing. Everything they have was the result of some one else’s ideas, dreams and hard labor. Apple does a damn good job of making things look pretty so it sells.

        How do you cheat a benchmark? A 3rd party app that does what exactly???

        Samsung owns 2 mobile OS’s. BADA and TIZEN. And why shouldn’t the use Android? IOS us based off Linux so it’s Apple who don’t own their own OS.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        How do you cheat a benchmark? A 3rd party app that does what exactly???

        When you deliberately right code to max out your devices CPU to speeds it would never reach in any ordinary usage and is only reaching such speeds due to the fact you’re running a benchmark that is supposed to symbolise how powerful your device is or isn’t in ordinary circumstances (I.e circumstances that involve anything and everything but taking a benchmark test).
        Also in regards to what has Apple invented they have invented many products over the years for example the iPod, iPhone and iPad as well as various Macintoshes and accessories. They’ve also invented a lot of software and helped to standardise things such as web technologies. Apple also built the WebKit rendering engine which is used in many web browsers for example Safari and Google Chrome which uses a custom forked version of the WebKit rendering engine called Blink.

  • Rowan09

    We’ll see.

  • Andrew Roth

    It’s not really their first wearable. The iPod Nano was advertised as being wearable as a watch as well.

    • Your Mother

      the Nano was not a wearable, and putting it on your wrist wasn’t apple’s idea. so if you that qualifies the nano as a wearable can go all the way back to the the Walkman and even further.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        You should probably read his comment again because he didn’t say it was Apples idea he just said it was advertised as a device that could be worn on your wrist…

      • Andrew Roth

        I did intend it that way though. They sold official bands and are the ones that put the app in there as one of the main features. :)

      • Your Mother

        it wasn’t designed that way. that’s like saying that hip pouches and cases for cell phones means that cell phones are technically wearables.

        just sounds quite silly to say anything to justify apple. almost all the time, with little or no facts to back it up.

      • Michael Hulet

        Literally in the keynote when they unveiled it they said they were adding different watch faces for the specific purpose so you could buy a wristband and make it wearable

      • Your Mother

        And where are those watch faces? Even still, they said they were adding–not it comes with. Putting it on your wrist was a afterthought

  • Anthony

    Is it wierd to anyone else that this device would be launched at an event in October? I would think something like an “iwatch” would be either released alone or with iPhone. Now assuming they keep things the same as the last few years that would be iPad month. Maybe September iPad, October iPhone/ iWatch. I really hope not, I can’t wait for the new iPhone.

  • Arsanny Lintang

    Off topic:

    May I ask, when is the steam summer sale begins? I just can’t wait for that. Hahaha

  • Isaac

    Apple should’ve at least introduced the iWatch at WWDC 2014 with a launch date sometime in October but no. They always delay everything.

    • Your Mother

      They have to wait. They are watching the competition so they can one up them–that’s what I would do if I was in charge.