Gruber: Apple iWatch to be introduced next month
By July of last year, Apple had trademarked the iWatch name in a number of countries. The wearable is expected to come out of the box with a number of sensors that will allow it to capture health-related metrics such as heart rate, blood pressure and possibly blood glucose readings. That information can be sent to Apple's Health app, where it will be analyzed. The app debuts on iOS 8.
There is plenty of pressure on Apple to deliver a game changer when it comes to the smartwatch category. While a number of timepieces have been launched by Apple's rivals like Samsung and LG, so far there hasn't been one particular model that has captured the attention of the public.
source: DaringFireball via RedmondPie
1. neela_akaash (Posts: 215; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)
Hope this will not be compatible with only ios devices...
2. AstronautJones (Posts: 282; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
I would expect it to only be iOS compatible.
3. Iodine (Posts: 661; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
Why they should make their incoming kid be compatible with android or wp ?
Their competition would profit on that !
But this thing is rummored to be far more standalone than ordinary smartwatch, so it could create "halo" effect despite being only iOS compatible, and that is probably Apple's goal.
18. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2213; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
That makes absolutely no sense. How would selling their device to android and WP customers make money for their competition? How does Samsung, LG, HTC, or MS profit from Apple selling a watch to their customers, when they have or are planning to have a competing device? Are you talking apps, because the majority of those are offered by independent devs. Sorry but I don't follow your reasoning.
Or do you actually believe that a smartwatch will convert users of completing platforms to switch to iOS? That's a pretty tall order.
24. Doakie (Posts: 1412; Member since: 06 May 2009)
I would tend to agree with him. If Apple makes their watch iOS only and it generates the buzz that most of their products do, then combine that with the larger screen sizes that are coming for the iPhone; I do think a lot of people who had left iPhone due to small screen size will go back to their old ecosystem.
22. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1708; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
No if they made it open to all os they would corner the market people that like apples build quality would want it even if they have android and same for all they would double the sales and make it relative
7. neela_akaash (Posts: 215; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)
If they want to dominate the smartwatch market they should make this compatible with any bluetooth enabled smartphone...
11. neela_akaash (Posts: 215; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)
No matter how good or bad it would be. Just can't tolerate that ios..
21. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1708; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
You know the worst part is Moto 360 has waited to long so now people that wanted the Moto will get the iWatch instead. Stupid Motorola waited to long and f ed your company's chance of fame
27. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
It will. Why should Apple feed Androtakus?
And finally, Sammy and co will get something to copy from.
25. Doakie (Posts: 1412; Member since: 06 May 2009)
No put your money in a Growth Stock Mutual Fund.
5. sprockkets (Posts: 1453; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
You don't "patent" a name, you file for a trademark.
13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6878; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
and you don't "patent" round corners or circular watches.
6. darkkjedii (Posts: 13802; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I want one bad, but with my active/gym lifestyle, I'd tear it up. Too expensive to only wear on a limited basis.
9. tedkord (Posts: 5907; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I don't wear watches, can't stand the feeling. I even hate cuffs, and if I'm in an environment that allows it, my sleeves are rolled up to my forearm.
It's a shame, because if like to try a Moto 360. It certainly looks nice.
19. darkkjedii (Posts: 13802; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Due to my job, a watch is required, but I feel you bro I hate wearing any type of jewelry. The only things I wear, is a $30 freestyle sports watch and my wedding ring. She'd kill me if I didn't wear that lol. Moto 360 is nice too +1.
29. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
What the heck are you talking about, you wear more bling than Queen Elizabeth except, of course, yours' is fake. Don't worry, you don't need a watch (or iWatch); just run late like you always do down the Sunset strip. BTW, if the iWatch looks like the concept photo in the article (doubt it, though), I'll get it!! Too bad it won't. Don't forget the supermoon tonight, perfect night for you and the Mrs to howl.
15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Apple will be offering a variety of different models. I'm sure they will have a fitness/sports model (or two or three).
20. darkkjedii (Posts: 13802; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Yeah, but I'd be banging it against things in the gym, and it'd be ugly as heck within a few days lol. Too expensive to ruin like that. Gotta pass bro.
10. needa (Posts: 197; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)
i don't see it happening this soon. they were still hiring peeps a month ago. no hardware leaks from it either. there are too many hints that say next year.
12. nctx77 (Posts: 718; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Just because they hired a few people within the last month don't mean anything. The could just be for future I watches. The initial smart watch could be complete. This thing is going to piggyback either the iphone or ipad this year. The way it's looking, it will be the iphone and ios 8. As far as leaks, they haven't massed produced it yet. They probably have x amount built at the Cupertino headquarters and that's it. They will announce at an event and come out a month later.
Now the Apple TV will launch next year in the Spring/Summer.
23. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1708; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
I also think it will be pushed to Dec or Jan to many production problems and delays they will announce it on September 9th but they will say it will launch December but at that event they will show its capabilities so therefore they announcing it but not release it
14. adrewfryman (Posts: 32; Member since: 09 Aug 2014)
didnt they release a time map of all the products they were going to release this year? and i thought the iwatch was on there? idk it was a while ago i could be wrong
16. MySchizoBuddy (Posts: 79; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)
gruber made mo such claim. "The only way this could get funnier would be if it doesn't even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month."
He was just making a funny comment
17. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Yep. Basically Gruber is an archetypal Apple fanboy. He was just talking smack about the Moto360, calling it a "tire", and shaming them for all the hype, but no actual shipping watches.
Gruber is right about the hype. Android device vendors really do need to STFU until they actually have shipping product.
28. abdulmukta1234 (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Jul 2014)
Apple should stick to making phones.
A watch should be used to tell the time.
Not to do all these silly things .
Just use your phone