Apple iWatch Coming in October (Report)
The long awaited Apple iWatch could be coming as soon as October, according to a report from Japanese newspaper Nikkei.
The wearable device, which will run on the new Apple iOS 8 mobile operating system announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, will include technology that allows it to track a person's health statistics, such as sleep activity, calorie consumption and blood oxygen levels, reported Nikkei, citing anonymous sources.
Nikkei says that Apple plans to ship between 3 million and 5 million units of the watch, which will feature a curved OLED touch screen. The report also indicates that Apple is working with Nike, which has developed the FuelBand activity tracker, to integrate their services. The sports giant conducted a small round of layoffs from its digital sports division in April but denied a report that it is shuttering its entire FuelBand division.
Competitors Samsung and Sony have both released health-focused wearable bands, but Tim Cook-led Apple has been slow to bring similar technology to the market. The iWatch would be a natural progression for the company, which also announced Monday a new set of tools called HealthKit that will track vital stats via mobile devices.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.