Apple showed admirable patience by not revealing an iWatch at WWDC this week, but don't expect this discipline to last for long. A health-focused wearable is coming this fall, source says, and Apple is priming the supply chain for significant manufacturing.
On Friday, the Nikkei Asian Review reported that Apple is timing a new wearable to be released alongside iOS 8 in October. Referencing unnamed "industry sources," the website says Apple's new hardware will use a curved OLED display — shades of Samsung's Gear Fit — to help users track health data and receive obligatory smartphone notifications.
Apple is planning for monthly production between 3 and 5 million units, sources say, and will partner with Nike on the project — a reasonable turn of events considering Nike's reported move to give up on its own FuelBand hardware.
So that's the word out of Asia. Half a world away, Recode reported Friday that Apple is planning an October launch event to show off a health-focused wearable. New iPhones are typically revealed in September or October, so one can only imagine the absolute chaos — the global mass hysteria — if and when new iPhones and this mythical iWatch are released in tandem.
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