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iWatch Coming in Multiple Sizes With More Than 10 Sensors

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Apple will launch multiple versions of its highly-rumored "iWatch" smartwatch in the Fall, according to a new report from the The Wall Street Journal. The device is said to come in multiple screen sizes and will utilize over 10 sensors to track health and fitness, with Apple aiming to go beyond the smartphone-related functionalities seen in current smartwatches.

Android smartwatch coming from LG​
Apple's smartwatch could launch as early as October with production to begin in two to three months at Quanta Computer Inc., a Taiwanese manufacturer that has long been Apple's supplier for Mac computers, said the people familiar with the matter. Quanta will begin some trial runs next month.
In total, sources familiar with the matter estimate that Apple will ship between 10 and 15 million units by the end of the year, as the company is still finalizing specifications before mass production starts.

The report adds additional data to a report from Reuters which claimed that the iWatch would measure in at a surprisingly large 2.5 inches diagonally, and feature wireless charging capabilities in addition to a touch interface. While the new report doesn't contradict the Reuters piece directly, it's not clear if the 2.5-inch screen will be one of the "multiple versions" of the watch that launches this Fall. Previous rumors had suggested that the device would come in a 1.3 and 1.6 inch sizes to accommodate different sized wrists.

Apple is expected to introduce the iWatch at an October event, with a launch coming in the same month.

Article Link: iWatch Coming in Multiple Sizes With More Than 10 Sensors
 

Sound214

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So, production beginning in two to three months, with a launch in October? That means there could be about one month of production before launch. Sure.
 
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CartoonCat

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Is it really possible to surprise people anymore? People have such high expectations today it's almost impossible to satisfy anyone. When Apple finally reveals the "iWatch" will people be in awe, or just...What? that's it, that's all you got? Meh!
 
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Klae17

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I'm sorry, but according to my sources, the iWatch will look something like this:

 
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6GenNANO

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Great! I hope it comes with bluetooth beats headsets. I wished they released this a long time ago instead of the 7th gen nano!
 
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Dave245

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If it's going to cost several THOUSAND dollars/pounds, like it was reported a few months back, then i would be very disappointed :( I think Apple can innovate and make a brilliant product, yes Smart watches are already out and about, but they don't have the functionality or the appeal that i think Apple can do.
 
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Jambalaya

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My eyes, my eyes. Boy is that ugly. I hope this mock-up isn't correct, the round traditional one I liked, this is horrible.
 
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wovel

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So the LG Watch actually makes the tape and paper mockup look pretty good.

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My eyes, my eyes. Boy is that ugly. I hope this mock-up isn't correct, the round traditional one I liked, this is horrible.

I agree with you, but you missed the best part. That is not a mockup. That is a watch LG plans on shipping. Does anyone else think Apple should wait a year and release a watch after everyone else gives up.
 
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peterdevries

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So, production beginning in two to three months, with a launch in October? That means there could be about one month of production before launch. Sure.

Your scepticism lacks foundation:

  • Apple has done staggered roll-outs before focussing first on the US and UK. It is likely that they will do so again.
  • The market for iWatches is likely to be much smaller than that for iPhoens and iPads.
  • You have got no idea about the production scale that Apple has set up.
 
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peterdevries

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So the LG Watch actually makes the tape and paper mockup look pretty good.

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I agree with you, but you missed the best part. That is not a mockup. That is a watch LG plans on shipping.

I wouldn't buy this, but it definitely looks better than the Gear (except the Gear Fit). I can see lots of Tiesto listening, white linen pants wearing people buying this gaudy piece of crap. :D Liberace would be proud.
 
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arn

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Your scepticism lacks foundation:

  • Apple has done staggered roll-outs before focussing first on the US and UK. It is likely that they will do so again.
  • The market for iWatches is likely to be much smaller than that for iPhoens and iPads.
  • You have got no idea about the production scale that Apple has set up.

The other factor to consider, is that unlike the iPhone and iPad, Apple doesn't have to announce the iWatch and worry about it canabilizing existing product sales.

When Apple announces iPhone 6, they have to start shipping it ASAP, since iPhone 5S sales will tank.

The iWatch is a new product line, so they can announce early and ship it later. It also helps prevent production line leaks... that's how they did the original iPhone announcement (6 months ahead) and original iPad announcement (2 months before shipping).

arn
 
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Quu

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I think that LG design actually looks quite nice. Imagine if their phones looked like that? Just a black slate front design sandwiched to a metal back like that watch. That would look amazing, not looking at practicality just aesthetically.
 
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thekeyring

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Is it really possible to surprise people anymore? People have such high expectations today it's almost impossible to satisfy anyone. When Apple finally reveals the "iWatch" will people be in awe, or just...What? that's it, that's all you got? Meh!

When the iPad was launched didn't people proclaim "It's a big iPod touch!" "It will never replace netbooks." "No multitasking and no flash? No thanks." Yet it still sold incredibly well.

We will see disappointment at launch - just as we did for WWDC 2014 despite arguably the best software releases for a while - but it doesn't mean the iWatch won't sell, or be looked upon by history as revolutionary.
 
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