According to a new report from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei (via MacRumor), Apple’s rumored iWatch device will launch later this year and will feature a modify version of iOS 8.
[su_quote cite=”YUICHIRO KANEMATSU” url=”http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/Apple-flexes-healthcare-muscles-with-new-wearable-device”]
The new watch-like wearable gear will run on this OS [iOS 8], which will be equipped with a centralised function to manage users’ biometric information via smartphones. It is expected to hit the market in October.
Though the details of services have yet to be released, specs for the new product are being finalized, according to industry sources. It will likely use a curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touchscreen and collect health-related data, such as calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood glucose and blood oxygen levels. It will also allow users to read messages sent by smartphones.[/su_quote]
Apple centric blog – 9to5 mac has already published most of the information disclosed by Nikkei today, which add some credibility to this report.
The Recode is also reporting that Apple is about to launch an iWatch device in October:
[su_quote cite=”John Paczkowski” url=”http://recode.net/2014/06/06/codered-yes-apples-first-wearable-device-is-slated-for-october/”]October. That’s the tentative launch date Apple has set for its first, long-in-the-offing foray into wearable devices. People familiar with Apple’s plans tell Code/red the company hopes to schedule a special event that month to show off the device, which is designed to make good use of the HealthKit health and fitness information-gathering app it recently showed off at WWDC. Could things change between now and fall? That’s certainly possible. But right now October is the target date. [/su_quote]