Whether we want them or not, more smart watches are coming. The next one may well be the long-awaited iWatch, which could arrive as early as October. The Wall Street Journal's sources claim that Quanta has been tapped to manufacture the wearable, and that production could start in the next two to three months.
Although the specifications reportedly haven't been finalized, the WSJ says Apple's smart watch will have "more than 10 sensors including ones to track health and fitness." Wearables have been criticized for not doing more than the smartphones most of us carry already, the site adds, and the robust sensor array is apparently part of a bid to counter that sentiment. There are no specifics on what sort of sensors will be involved, but in addition to the usual mix of accelerometers and gyroscopes, I'd expect sensors that probe body temperature and heart rate. Apple has also applied for patents related to environmental sensors that track ambient temperature, pressure, and humidity.
One "person familiar with the matter" told the WSJ that the iWatch will come in multiple screen sizes, which makes sense. Watches made for women typically have smaller faces than ones designed for men. There's no word on what sort of screen technology will be used or how much horsepower the smart watch might have.
Another source told the WSJ that Apple expects to ship 10-15 million smart watches before the end of the year. IDC reportedly expects smart watch sales to reach only 19 million units in 2014, so that iWatch outlook may be a tad optimistic. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple's first wearable were a hit initially, though. It could have intriguing health monitoring capabilities, and plenty of folks seem to be into that sort of thing. Also, the mainstream press has a history of fawning over pretty much everything that comes out of Cupertino. I can see "revolutionary" headlines already.
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