Report: Apple iWatch to start production in July, sporting a 2.5 inch screen

Report: Apple iWatch to start production in July, sporting a 2.5 inch screen
According to a new report published today, the Apple iWatch will start production in July. A source familiar with Apple's plans says that the timepiece will be equipped with a 2.5 inch screen that is "slightly" rectangular in shape. That conflicts with other reports that said that the wearable would have a circular screen. The watch face will protrude from the band, forming an arch.

The Apple iWatch will feature a touch screen and will also support wireless charging. 50 million units are expected to ship in the first year. Like many of the smartwaches we've seen hit the market so far, the Apple iWatch will require a smartphone to pair with. In this case, the watch will need to sync with an iPhone in order to handle messaging and voice calls. Some capabilities can be handled by the watch itself, such as the sensor on the device that will measure the user's pulse.

The glass for the initial run of the device, is made by LG Display. The Apple iWatch is currently in trial production at Quanta, and the contract manufacturer will account for 70% of the assembly of the timepiece. While the current line-up of smartwatches hasn't blown away the consumer with their capabilities, many are hoping that the Apple iWatch is as much a game changer to the industry as the iPhone was to the smartphone business when it was launched in 2007.

source: Reuters

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31 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm keeping watch of this

2. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Yes, the whole industry should watch out for the iWatch!

20. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not if it has a 2.5 inch screen.

27. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

funny, iPhone has been notoriously shrimpy for all these years and now they are gonna try and sell a humongous watch to peeps, good luck, don't think so

28. engineer-1701d unregistered

and finally they get wireless charging but its on a watch not the phone

4. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

This is the only watch product i actually expect to be good.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

You could just tape your current iPhone on your wrist for same effect, err at least get accustomed to screen size I guess. Looks about as functional too, so double win.

11. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Why are you always hating on Apple? I'm just wondering, because I see it in many articles. No hostility here, just curious to see what compels such hatred =/

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't hate apple per sa. Just Mxy and a few other trolls.

29. engineer-1701d unregistered

Because they make lies about android and then do the same thing years later. But most Apple fans and users think Apple made that because they promote it like they did. Then the fans say but its polished. Its like I polished a turd will to buy it because it's polished

31. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I've been an Android and Apple user for quite some time, so I've had my share of stuff. Not to mention all my friends (literally, all of them) have iPhone. Never do I hear or see other Apple users or employees doing these accusations you and others on this site always claim.

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

This is most definitely not going to be better than the Moto 360...

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Moto 360 is the only REALY SMART watch that actually looks like a watch.

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

As big as their phones? Compensating maybe.

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Or just making sure the battery lasts a month between charges?

30. engineer-1701d unregistered

It should since it will tell time and notifications. But Apple has never lasted in the battery room

6. alaw.14

Posts: 411; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Im just going to wait on the gear 3 with android wear that comes out with the note 4.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30681; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iWatch, 5.5 iPhone 6 will be mine this fall. The jedster is rocking the goods.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I cannot wait

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30681; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bro, I'm so in line for this falls lineup. Coffee and snacks lol.

12. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

A lot of Apple stores walk around the lines with a big food cart giving away snacks and coffee. My first launch even in line was for the 5s, and it was very very fun!

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30681; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man, that's cool. I've never done it at Apple, might be the year to try. I always go to At&t.

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I will get it for sure

21. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

We all knew that.

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I hear rumors that Apple is making a special ankle bracelet version for law enforcement, so richer criminals won't feel the stress of having to wear some generic ankle bracelet running "Android CrimeWear".

25. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

If it can be adorned with Swarovski crystals, it will be a hit in Hollywood. It could even auto-text, too. "Just got picked up for doing a line while walking the line at a DUI stop." - L. Lohan Sent from my Apple iAnklet

16. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Seriously hope it isn't a 2.5" screen and rectangular. I may as well strap my 4S to my wrist in that case, way too big.

18. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You actually want it rectangle. This actually proves to me that it will be curved/flexible. It's 2.5 inches diagonal. The width still can be thin. For example, the current iPod nano has a 2.5 inch screen. Imagin that curved around the top of your wrist and you will get a good idea.

24. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

No, I really dont want it rectangle, I don't like rectangle watches as much as circular watches. And since it is a watch, it is a fashion piece first and foremost. That 2.5" screen on the nano is still huge compared to most wrists, and it being curved around your wrist will make it both uncomfortable for many people with big or small wrists, and also mean there is a bunch of useless screen real estate that you won't be able to see easily without twisting your wrists around in uncomfortable ways. If it is rectangular, I'm sure apple would do it similar to in the picture. And 2.5" screen that way is just comically large. Form and UX reign supreme with Apple, and this rumor just sounds like an awful idea. I can see them doing rectangular, though I think circular is more their style, I can't see them doing it with a screen this large.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I wonder if all the usual suspects who say that holding a Note to your head for a phone call looks ridiculous will say that a 2.5 inch watch on your wrist looks silly. Why do I have a feeling they won't?

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