With the production of Apple’s so-called iWatch rumoured to be in the works, it seems that the prediction that wearable tech is indeed the future is coming true. The release of the iWatch – which is what the tech world has taken to calling the smartwatch whose existence Apple has yet to acknowledge – is believed to be towards the end of this year.
In fact, according to the Taiwan-based newspaper China Times, production has already begun with 3 million units thought to be in the works and set to be released in the 2nd quarter.
While Apple has continued to remain silent regarding this new product, CEO Tim Cook has been creating a great deal of buzz lately, what with dropping hints about a “new category” of products to be revealed later this year. Leaked information about an app called “Watch Utility” (rumoured to be part of iOS8) also gives consumers and tech enthusiasts hints as to what’s in store with this anticipated Apple wearable.
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, Sony’s Smartwatch and the crowdfunded, open source smartwatch Pebble are already out on the market (Pebble was a home run Kickstarter campaign raising over $10 Million USD), giving consumers an idea of how wearable tech can function and what it will look like so far. The above-mentioned devices haven’t been as popular with consumers as their makers undoubtedly wanted them to be, however which is probably why the folks at Apple have been taking their time with releasing their own version of the smartwatch.
Much of the speculation that has been going on regarding the iWatch hasn’t been about apps and functionality, but about its look. Will it have a circular screen mimicking standard watches or will it have a rectangular face reminiscent of the 6th generation iPod Nano? With all the hype and varied theories regarding its form and Apple being as mysterious as ever, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.