More Claims of September 9 Debut for Apple's Wearable Device, Likely Positioned as iPhone Accessory

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Yesterday, Re/code broke the news that Apple planned to introduce its upcoming wearable device alongside the iPhone 6, and now Bloomberg is seconding that rumor, pointing towards a simultaneous debut of two different iPhones and a wearable device at Apple's September 9 event.

    According to Re/code, Apple had originally planned to introduce its wearable device at an October event separate from its September iPhone event, but later ended up changing its plans. Bloomberg speculates that Apple's plan to debut the wearable device alongside the iPhone may be the company's way of limiting expectations for the device, positioning it more as an iPhone accessory rather than a standalone device.
    Apple does appear to be planning a major affair for the debut of the wearable device and the two iPhones, however, holding the event at the Flint Center at De Anza College where it introduced the original Macintosh thirty years ago and the first iMac in 1998. The company is building a massive structure on the site, the purpose of which remains unclear.

    Both Apple CEO Tim Cook and iTunes chief Eddy Cue have also heavily hyped Apple's upcoming product lineup, with Cue saying it's the "best product pipeline" in 25 years and Cook promising "really great stuff" in new product categories.

    It is likely Apple is planning to unveil its wearable device, which has commonly been called the iWatch in rumors, several months before it becomes available to consumers. A distinct lack of product leaks and tangible rumors have suggested the device is not yet in production, and an introduction before a deluge of part leaks allows Apple to debut the device while it's still largely a surprise.

    Though we've not seen images of Apple's wearable device, rumors have suggested it will have a heavy focus on health and fitness with an array of health-related sensors that measure metrics like steps taken, sleep quality, heart rate, and more. It's said to come in multiple sizes and at multiple price points, and it is also said to be heavily integrated with the iPhone and iOS 8 features like the Health app.

    (Image: 2.5-inch iWatch concept by SET Solutions)

    Article Link: More Claims of September 9 Debut for Apple's Wearable Device, Likely Positioned as iPhone Accessory
  2. AceMason macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2009
  3. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Argh I can't wait, I feel as the days get closer the more excited I'll get.

    Am I the only one who doesn't feel ready for the watch yet?
  4. brock2621 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2007
  5. exodiusprime macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    I keep asking myself when I'd ever be truly using such a device. My phone is always with me, so the likelihood I'd be sending a text message on a smaller screen seems absurd.
  6. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    How does Bloomberg speculation = "likely"? Seems they're just guessing like everyone else.
  7. apolloa macrumors G3


    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    If it's a watch, cool, kudos to anyone who buy's it, lets hope it's battery lasts longer than 12 hours unlike others :rolleyes: lets also hope as soon as you buy it they don't announce another model unlike others :rolleyes:

    Anyway, if it's some sort of fitness band thing... I may be interested...

    Watch no, fitness band hmmm... ;)
  8. HowEver macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    "Yesterday, Re/code broke the news that Apple planned to introduce its upcoming wearable device alongside the iPhone 6, and now Bloomberg is seconding that rumor, pointing towards a simultaneous debut of two different iPhones and a wearable device at Apple's September 9 event. ...."

    With full recognition that this is a rumour site, it would be great if there were any basis other than wild guessing to something you call "news."
  9. nezr macrumors regular


    Feb 19, 2010
    Vancouver, BC
  10. LordQ macrumors 68040


    Sep 22, 2012
    History has taught me to wait until the second generation of Apple's mobile hardware.
  11. Piggie macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    Is this going to be the biggest let down of the year I wonder?

    End up being just a modded fuel band, with just a load more sensors, linked to only work/be compatible with the iPhone's new health apps, and that's all this expectation will end up being in reality?
  12. GuitarDTO macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
    If it is merely an iPhone accessory, don't even bother announcing it. Consumers aren't going to buy into that fad unless it brings something more.
  13. newyorksole macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    I tend to get my hopes up before these events and sometimes they end up being meh, but idk ... the new iPhone is definitely going to be great and this "wrist accessory" is most likely going to be a game changer .

    I guess we'll see soon .
  14. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    I'm interested to see if there will be dedicated apps for the iWatch. This will be another opportunity for developers to get in on a new device category that hasn't existed since the iPad. I'm not sure how ergonomic playing mini app games or really any apps will be on the iWatch however.
  15. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    I really wouldn't call Re/code's report "wild guessing." It's a highly reliable site that has correctly revealed information on events several times in the past.
  16. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    You won't be. It won't be like the Galaxy Gear. That's the best Samsung could imagine when they tried to beat Apple to the punch with a wearable.

    It's not going to be a touchscreen. Think 3D Minority Report-type tech.
  17. nikko1423 macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
    This actually makes sense, especially as to why they moved it up. It may be an amazing device, but I suppose it's full purpose isn't for a person's first device, unlike the iPad was. An amazing iphone, with a stupendous "accessory" and ios8 (and Metal :D)? Sounds amazing to me.

    The only thing that can make it better is a new iPod :)
  18. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    The stars seem to be aligning with iBecaons in shops and this now 'band' device. Hmmmm.
  19. buzzcutt macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2014
    So does that mean...We'll be getting the WATCHES with our PHONES?:D
  20. Michael73 macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2007
    Not sure how I feel about an accessory versus a stand-alone device. I know they don't want to cannibalize one product line for another e.g. you don't need a phone if you get the watch. On the other hand comes the inevitable questions if it's an accessory like how close does the phone need to be for the two to work together. If I walk in the door of my house and plug the phone in to charge but I have the watch on and I'm upstairs or in the backyard a 100ft away will it work? What about signal strength and interference? If the phone runs out of battery but the watch doesn't, how much functionality do I get out of the watch?

    I'm sure they thought this all through so I'll be interested to see what they come up with. :D
  21. Yvan256 macrumors 601

    Jul 5, 2004
    Here's what I'm thinking

    Everyone is thinking "watch" or "bracelet", but we're probably far from reality.

    Remember when there was rumours about the iPhone and people thought it would be an iPod that can make phone calls? Steve even had a funny image in his presentation.


    It wouldn't surprise me that when they show it to us, we'll all be "what? wow!".
  22. gugy macrumors 68030

    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    better be waterproof because if it is not then forget it.
  23. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    You wish that to be the case so you come here afterwards and let us all know what a letdown it was. :rolleyes:
  24. Ahheck01 macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2006
    History has taught me to get every generation of Apple's mobile hardware.
  25. TheNewDude macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2010
    Something tells me that this iWatch is going to let a lot of people down. I think our expectations of it are way too high compared to what Apple has in store for us.

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