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Smartwatch from Apple to launch in the fall

According to a recent report, the so-called iWatch will finally throw the tech giant into the wearables market.

According to a report in the Japanese newspaper “Nikkei”, Apple is getting ready to take its first steps into the smartwatch marketplace with a wearable technology device that will feature an OLED curved screen and will start to ship in October.

The report stated that this device will have features that will allow the wearer to monitor and track health status.

The Nikkei report, which cited anonymous sources, said that Apple intends to manufacture between 3 and 5 million of these smartwatch wearable devices every month. This would represent more than the total global sales of wristwatch-like smart devices in 2013. This wearable device, which has been called the iWatch by those who have been waiting for its unveiling – though whether or not that will actually be its name or not is unknown – will have a range of different mhealth, tracking, and smartphone related functions.

The smartwatch will provide the wearer with health stats while connecting to an iPhone.

wearable smartwatch iwatchSo far, the Nikkei source said that the touchscreen will feature a curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED), and will collect certain types of health and fitness data such as sleep activity, calorie burning, and blood oxygen and glucose levels. It will also allow messages sent over smartphones to be accessed through the wearable technology.

This report was issued just as Apple was bringing its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, a week-long event – to a close. During that conference, the company placed the spotlight on its newly debuted iOS 8 next generation of mobile operating system. It also brought out the OS X Yosemite for PCs.

The event indirectly brought wearable technology and the expected smartwatch into the headlines through the inclusion of the programming interfaces into iOS 8, which include the HealthKit. That would allow health and fitness applications to be able to communicate with each other, provided that the user grants permission. This type of feature would be exceptionally practical in a wearable device that could monitor and track biofeedback. Though this could be quite the coincidence, it is much more likely that this is part of the company’s build toward the wearables launch.

iWatch steps ever closer to official Apple confirmation

Although the device has never been officially acknowledged by the company, deals make its existence obvious.

Although the iWatch name is nothing more than a term that has been applied to a smartwatch device that is only rumored to be in development at Apple, it is becoming ever clearer that this wearable technology does exist, simply through the deals that the manufacturer has been seeking.

Many rumors about the types of expert that Apple has been seeking are adding weight to the rumors of a smartwatch.

Following rumors that Apple has been seeking fitness experts to assist in the development of potential health software for wearable technology, there have also been other reports that have suggested that the company is looking into solar power battery charging for a device that is somewhat like a watch. Now, there are more iWatch rumor reports as Apple seeks designers at luxury wristwatch companies.

All of these details continue to make it more clear that the iWatch is far more than just a rumor.

At the same time, many of those luxury watchmakers are not entirely impressed with the current look of wearables and the future that they imply. Nick Hayek, the CEO of Swatch has said that he feels that there will be a considerable limitation in the smartwatch marketplace due to tech restrictions.Wearable Technology - iWatch

He explained that “We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us- with practically all players in smart wearables up until today,” but also added that “we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement.”

There have been recent news reports from many reputable publications that have indicated that Apple is seeking the very best in the designer and wristwatch industry. While they have attempted to “lure” Hublot and “several Swiss parts manufacturers,” said the Financial Times, Jean-Claude Biver, the watch and jewelry chief of Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, said that nobody has taken the offer.

The iWatch will be a late entrant into this rapidly moving wearable technology race, in which the smartwatch remains king, so far. In order to stand out and be worth its price tag, it will need to be quite the exceptional device.