Apple iWatch to come in 'multiple screen sizes' and with 'more than 10 sensors' - reports

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been promising 'exciting new product categories' since 2013 - will this year finally see the unveiling of the fabled iWatch?

Apple will release its iWatch in “multiple screen sizes” that offer “more than 10 sensors including ones to track health and fitness”, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

Sources ‘familiar with the matter’ said that the long-rumoured device could launch “as early as October” and that Apple is looking to ship between 10 million and 15 million units by the end of the year.

The company is reportedly hoping to address a common complaint regarding smart watches – that they only duplicate functions already provided by smartphones.

Current smartwatches like Samsung’s Galaxy Gear offer easy-access notifications for email and text alerts as well as fitness-tracking capabilities (using built-in sensors to monitor the wearer’s movement), which can already be provided by high-end smartphones or by specialised fitness trackers.

Apple signalled its increasing interest in the health and fitness market at its developer conference early this year. The iPhone maker announced the launch of Health Kit – a data platform for various metrics such as activity and blood pressure that can be shared with doctors and hospitals.

Two Google-powered smartwatches currently in production from LG and Motorola.

Google is also reportedly working on its own health platform called Google Fit which is rumoured to be unveiled at the company's developer conference (Google I/O) on 25-26 June.

Despite the somewhat cautious response to wearable devices from consumers, research firm IDC is still predicting that global sales will triple this year to 19 million, hitting more than 111 million by 2018.

It’s thought that Apple’s entry into the market could kick-start interest, and with the company still under pressure from investors to introduce a new product category (the iPad was the last new entry - four years ago) it’s likely that CEO Tim Cook is also anxious to introduce an iWatch.

Exactly what an iWatch might look like is still a topic of speculation, although the concept image above (designed by Todd Hamilton) imagines a vertical screen similar to the Samsung Gear Fit and Nike Fuelband.

Rumours about a possible collaborationbetween Apple and Nike on the iWatch have also been long-running, with Nike confirming in April that it was shutting down production of its FuelBand.

Tech commentators speculated that the only company with enough commercial heft to offer Nike a better deal than controlling its own product range was Apple. The companies have a history of working together ever since the 2006 Nike+iPod range.

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    Recruitment Genius: Support and Development Engineer

    £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The leading provider of Employee Managem...

    Recruitment Genius: Creative Designer

    £15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Kent based design consulta...

    Recruitment Genius: IT Gazetteer Consultant

    £25000 - £34000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you looking to work for an ...

    Recruitment Genius: Regional Support Manager

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This role's responsibility also include operat...

    Day In a Page

    The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

    Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

    Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
    Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

    'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

    Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
    Compton Cricket Club

    Compton Cricket Club

    Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
    London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

    Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

    'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
    The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

    The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

    It helps a winner keep on winning
    Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

    Is this the future of flying?

    Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
    Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

    Isis are barbarians

    but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
    The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

    Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

    Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
    Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

    'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

    Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
    Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

    Call of the wild

    How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
    Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

    'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

    If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
    The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

    The science of swearing

    What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
    Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

    Africa on the menu

    Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
    Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

    Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

    The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'