iWatch concept (All, Todd Hamilton 001)

Apple may unveil its so-called iWatch sooner than expected, according to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. In a new blog post this afternoon, the well-connected Apple pundit casually mentions that the Cupertino company plans to announce its “wrist wearable thing” next month.

Gruber’s claim contradicts previous reports from various outlets, which have all suggested that the iWatch would land in October. But given his near perfect track record in predicting Apple plans, it’s certainly possible that we could see more than bigger iPhones in September…

Responding to a Verge story today on the Moto 360 charging dock, Gruber wrote:

It looks like Motorola’s designers tried to draw as much attention as they could to the 360’s stupid flat-tire display shape. The only way this could get funnier would be if it doesn’t even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month.

According to Recode’s John Paczkowski, Apple is planning a media event for Tuesday, September 9. Paczkowski also has a great track record in Apple event predictions, and is one of the reporters calling for an October iWatch event, so it’s tough to choose which thread to follow.

Admittedly, we’ve heard a lot of conflicting information regarding Apple’s new wearable device. What we do know, though, is that the firm has put together quite the team of fashion and medical experts for the project, and it’s expected by many to be the company’s “next big thing.”

Update: John Gruber has clarified that he doesn’t have any information on Apple’s release plans, and the above statement was simply part of a joke.

  • Ray Pereyra

    I’m ready if that’s the case!

    • Me too Im sick of wearing the 6th Gen iPod nano with a metallic band and people asking what it is.

      • WolfgangHoltz

        Yeah! Buy an iWatch instead and people stop asking, they just start laughing instead.

      • Sorry to burst your hate bubble but they will still ask it’ll just be easier to explain when apple actually has a watch. For now Its just an iPod on my wrist that looks like a smart watch.

      • WolfgangHoltz

        It’s no hate it’s just so ridiculous with an Apple watch.

      • Emily Richard

        Just because we haven’t seen any leaked parts doesn’t mean it isn’t being worked on.

  • A’s Network

    This would be nice 🙂

  • Merman123

    Imagine , brand new iphone along with a brand new watch from apple. Too beautiful.

  • using namespace std

    That just makes much more sense. They should announce it at the same time as the iPhone 6, because the iWatch and the new iPhones will probably work together in harmony.

  • iBanks

    I think it’ll be called “iWear” IMO.

    • Sounds too similar to Samsungs Galaxy Gear. I think it’ll be called the iWatch but who knows maybe Apple has some crazy name for it…

      • iBanks

        iWear and Galaxy gear sounds nothing alike. With its rumored number of different sensors and rumored multiple sizes and possibly styles, iWear sounds more fitting and universal to the gadget. At least I think.

    • sdhn97

      iTime

      • iBanks

        Nah

      • sdhn97

        idk lol.. I remember seeing a patent from apple calling such device the ‘iTime’ but, only “time” will tell (;

    • Jonathan

      I think it’ll be called “iWatch”

      #logic

      • iBanks

        Yeah. And they thought the logical thing would have been to name the latest iPad the iPad HD, but it’s known as the iPad Air.

      • Jonathan

        Sounds too much like Kindle Fire HD… *shivers*

  • Gary LE

    Dude if the iwatch is going to be announced by Apple next month then where are the leaks of the parts to make the iwatch? Look at the iPhone 6 numerous parts have been leaked and they will have an even on Sept 9. So for that reason it seems later to me.

    And yes… I might consider the iwatch if has loads of health related sensors and it can be used independently and dependently with the iPhone. It seems more important to me that it be called an ifitness watch than just iwatch.

    • Melvco

      Good point about the part leaks. I’m trying to remember if we saw any leaks prior to the original iPhone and iPad launches. I don’t think so. But then again, there were sizable gaps between announcements and availability (6 months iPhone, 3 months iPad). I don’t know if Apple has time for that this fall.

      • iBanks

        I think the iPhone 4 was the beginning of the leaks of Apples major products, but I could be wrong. Or at least made mainstream headlines.

    • How many leaks of the Newest Mac Pro or of the iPod touch 5th gen were seen? Just because we haven’t seen any leaked parts doesn’t mean it isn’t being worked on.

      • Jake

        It makes you wonder if it’s not being developed in the US. I’m not sure about the iPod touch but the Mac Pro was and there are rarely leaks from inside American factories.

  • techfreak23

    Apple is going to start intense training of the retail store employees and hiring a bunch of new employees. My local apple store is beginning their training on Sunday and they’re hiring 17 people plus new managers. This could be in preparation for the phone, but I think it’s either software training for iOS 8 and Yosemite, or a new product category. I hope it’s the latter and I’ll know after the weekend.

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    Terrible idea announcing it along side the new iPhone. The new iPhone deserves it’s own event, and anything else announced at that time would only serve to distract from that. I suspect a later even serve to launch the wearable iDevice

    • luckyarcher

      You’ll see how terrible the idea is when you won’t be able to get it in your hands for the first few months. Yep, that terrible.

    • thomas

      The iPhone isn’t bringing anything innovative. they’re saving that for the 6S like always. I’m looking more forward towards the iwatch. the iwatch is gonna steal the show.

  • Dan Alexander

    If it looks like this I would totally buy