According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s upcoming ‘iWatch’ wearable device will feature no less than 10 sensors, allowing it to track health and fitness data. Reuters had reported that mass production of the iWatch was reportedly starting in July at Quanta Computer, Inc. in Taiwan. Sources speaking to the WSJ say that trial production runs are starting next month that will ramp up in two to three months. Both news outlets suggest the iWatch could launch as early as October, with Apple expected to ship up to 15 million units by years end. Apple’s first foray into wearable devices will likely come in multiple screen sizes, though specifications for the iWatch have yet to be finalized.
Earlier this month, Apple introduced a new Health app used to centralize health and fitness information. It’s likely this app is a precursor to the sensor-laden iWatch, which could seamlessly transfer vital statistics. The Health app largely relies on third-party accessories. The iWatch will work exclusively with iOS devices. Additional features are said to include messaging and voice chat features.
Apple enters the smartwatch space against familiar competition. Samsung recently shipped their second generation smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear and a new fitness-specific product, the Gear Fit. Motorola is expected to release the Moto 360 sometime this summer and Google has published an SDK for Android Wear, their operating system specific to wearables.