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Yet another report says iWatch due in October

Yet another report says iWatch due in October

It looks like we might be seeing the iWatch this October. The device, long-rumored to finally be coming this time, for real, seriously, is said to have a curved glass OLED display, with an array of sensor for capturing data on calorie consumption, blood glucose levels, sleep activity, and more. Apple has also apparently partnered with the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic in order to develop health data analysis technology, according to Nikkei.

Apple has already announced its partnerships with the Mayo Clinic and Nike as part of HealthKit. The Cleveland Clinic is just one of the institutions that will be using HealthKit-enabled apps and devices when the system debuts with iOS 8 later this year. That those partnerships might extend into a potential fitness-focused wearable isn't exactly shocking, and we've been hearing about the potential medical applications of the iWatch for a little while.

An October release window for the device makes sense. While Apple has announced new hardware in September for the past couple of years, those events have been centered around the iPhone. Other new hardware, like new iPads and Macs, have been announced in October. The iWatch could of course debut with other hardware, or along side the iPhone 6, depending on how Apple wants to frame the iWatch as a device. Is it a standalone wearable, or does it only really shine when it's working with your iPhone?

Nikkei also says that Apple expects to create 3-5 million iWatches per month. The problem with this thought is that it comes from a parts manufacturer who has no idea when Apple plans or expectations for the iWatch are. These numbers exceed the total global sales of watch-style devices in 2013. No matter how good it looks, the wrist-bound iWatch will be, by its nature, harder to sell to people than a new iPhone. Watches are fashion items, and even an iWatch, as good as it might look, won't appeal to everyone, especially if they're expected to wear it on their wrist all day.

As for the display, it could very well be curved. But there have also been "reports" that the device will have a round face. We won't know for sure until Apple tells us.

What do you think about this new report, and what shape do you think the iWatch will take? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: Nikkei

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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That's what was said about the iPhone 4s, 5s, iPad mini retina, insert any other apple device here.

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Sensors for blood glucose levels!!?? Ok now we're stretching this thing out for real... Or maybe I'm underestimating technology!!??

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As long as the price is reasonable this will be a must buy for me. I'm curious how it's supposed to do some of the things it's being rumored for.

I'm a watch kind of guy already so even if it had normal notifications I'd still be highly interested. As long as it isn't too expensive.

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Things like Glucose-Monitoring might not be in the initial version but something that they are shooting for in maybe the second version and beyond.

JR1ZZ - The Price will never be at or near the competitors with Apple. They view their products as superior. I guess it definatly will be $400 +. Might not be right for all.......

While Apple does sell things at a premium, there is no way the baseline model launches at $400. The market for people who buy $400 plus watches isn't that large. I'd guess closer to $200 depending on what the final specs and build are.

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I'm still not convinced we're going to see an iWatch this year unless it's another hobby for Apple. But then I have to wonder what that new product category is that Tim Cook mentioned.

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I'm just curious to know how the thing will appear in direct sunlight. I love my iPad Air, and iPod Touch 5, but they're useless to me outside in sunlight..

I like watches and want a smart watch so i dont have to keep my phone on me at all times. It will save phone battery too!!! I held off on a pebble steel to see what apple will offer then go from there. Must not be more than the pebble steel, look good, and have more features that i will use

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