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Apple iWatch to come in multiple sizes, feature 10 sensors: WSJ

Hours after a Reuters report that claims Quanta will start manufacturing the Apple iWatch in July in time for a launch in October, another report from WSJ claims that the iWatch will come in two siz

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Hours after a Reuters report that claims Quanta will start manufacturing the Apple iWatch in July in time for a launch in October, another report from WSJ claims that the iWatch will come in two sizes. The earlier report had mentioned the iWatch would have a 2.5-inch curved display. An earlier report had also mentioned the iWatch could come in multiple sizes with the highest-end version costing thousands of dollars.

The report also mentions that the iWatch would have more than 10 sensors including those that monitor health and fitness related data. At WWDC earlier this month, Apple showed a new Health app, which can aggregate data from various wearable devices at one place. Many were expecting Apple to showcase its own hardware at the event to go along with Health but it didn’t do so. Apple has reportedly been hiring medical professionals for both Health and iWatch projects.

Both Reuters and WSJ report that Taiwanese contract manufacturer Quanta would start manufacturing the iWatch from next month onwards. Apple is reportedly looking at selling 10-15 million units of the iWatch by December-end and potentially 65 million units in the first year.

Apple has not made any major hardware announcement this year, though CEO Tim Cook has been telling investors they have been working on “some really great stuff” including new product categories. Most of the announcements are currently slotted for the end of the year and early next year.

It will be interesting to see whether Apple is able to pull off everything it is hoping the iWatch to be, considering the project has reportedly seen quite some setbacks with people calling it a nightmare to manufacture.

  • Published Date: June 20, 2014 1:54 PM IST