We have heard rumors about multiple iWatch variants in the works, including a report on the WSJ last month. Now, Chinese publication Economic Daily claims that there are in fact three variants of the iWatch being currently developed — a variant with 1.6-inch display, and two variants with 1.8-inch displays.
The publication further adds that one of the 1.8-inch iWatch models will boast a flexible AMOLED display with sapphire coating for extra durability. It is difficult to say how authentic this might be, considering earlier reports have claimed that the smartwatch could feature 1.3-inch and 1.7-inch displays. The iWatch is also said to be loaded with sensors, with the top-of-the-line iWatch likely to cost above $1,000.
There has also been a lot of debate around the launch time frame. Initial reports pegged a launch for sometime in October, but a recent research report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has pushed the time frame post November. The reason for this delay is said to be issues being faced due to “complex hardware and software engineering.”
Apple has been on a hiring spree for the iWatch development that includes people for design, healthcare and fitness, including enlisting professional athletes. Recently, Apple also poached the sales director from Tag Heuer.