Newsletters
Customer Relationship Management News NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home CRM Systems Customer Service Business Intelligence Contact Centers More Topics...
Get Recognized.
Let an ISACA® certification
enhance your career.

Register for an Exam Today
Mobile Industry News
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Apple iWatch Reportedly Coming in October
Apple iWatch Reportedly Coming in October

By Barry Levine
June 20, 2014 10:39AM

Bookmark and Share
A report in The Wall Street Journal indicates the Apple smart watch line, which many believe will be called iWatch, will be available in various screen sizes. The specifics of only one iWatch size was mentioned in the story -- 2.5 inches diagonally for the watch face. Shipments are expected to reach as high as 15 million units by end of summer.
 



The emerging smart watch market may soon have a major new -- and possibly disruptive -- entry. According to a new report, Apple will be releasing a smart watch this fall in different models, with more than 10 sensors to track health and fitness.

The report, in Friday's Wall Street Journal, cited "people familiar with the matter." It said the sensors are intended, in part, to counter questions about what a smart watch can do that a smartphone does not.

Avi Greengart, an analyst with industry research firm Current Analysis, told us that, "when The Wall Street Journal prints rumors, generally speaking they're not pure speculation" because of the quality of the publication's sources.

'Dovetails' with Health App

He noted that an emphasis on health and fitness tracking in a possible smart watch "dovetails" with the Health app built into the new iOS 8 that provides a dashboard for health data from a variety of sensors and other apps, not to mention the new HealthKit tool for developers. Of course, Apple could also release another kind of device to collect such data, or could even not release such a device, but those possibilities are not likely.

"I am expecting Apple to launch complementary hardware to their software," Greengart said, adding that he expects it will be "something that fits on your wrist."

Additionally, the report indicates that the Apple smart watch line, which many believe will be called iWatch, will be available in various screen sizes. The specifics of only one device size was mentioned in the story -- 2.5 inches diagonally for the watch face. Shipments of such watches, according to one unnamed component supplier, are expected to reach as high as 15 million units by the end of the summer. Chief Executive Tim Cook has already said his company will launch new kinds of products before the end of 2014.

The publication reported that the Apple smart watch could be unveiled as early as October, with manufacturing by Taiwan-based Quanta Computing, which also makes Macs.

More Manufacturing Details

At least one other generally reliable source is also pointing toward the release of an Apple smart watch. Reuters news service, for example, also said Friday that Quanta Computer will begin production of Apple's smart watch, adding that the watch is already in trial production, and it pointed to July as the start date. Quanta, it said, will be the primary manufacturer, although LG Display will make the screens in the initial production run and Singapore-based Heptagon will make the sensor that monitors a user's pulse.

Citing unnamed sources "familiar with the matter," the news service also said the launch date will be in October. It noted that the watch face will protrude slightly from the band, and that the touch-sensitive device will be able to be recharged wirelessly.

The new watch will apparently stay within Apple's ecosystem -- Reuters says it will only be able to interact with other devices running the company's iOS, which means iPhones and iPads but not, say, Android or Windows phones.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.


 Mobile Industry News
1.   Sprint Becomes Google Apps Reseller
2.   Earnings, Excitement Grow for Apple
3.   Microsoft CEO Sees 'Bold' Plan Ahead
4.   Comcast Earnings Beat Estimates
5.   Lenovo Still in Small Windows Tablets


advertisement
Android SMS Worm on the Loose
Malware lets bad actors cash in.
Average Rating:
Earnings, Excitement Grow for Apple
Momentum mounts as rumors swirl.
Average Rating:
Microsoft CEO Sees 'Bold' Plan Ahead
With unified Windows for all platforms.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 
Seagate Unveils Networked Drives for Small Businesses
Seagate is out with five new networked attached storage products aimed at small businesses. The drives are for companies with up to 50 workers, and range in capacity from two to 20 terabytes.
 

Navigation
CRM Daily
Home/Top News | CRM Systems | Customer Service | Business Intelligence | Contact Centers | Sales & Marketing | Customer Data | CRM Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.