Apple Planning Multiple Versions of Smartwatch (Report)

10:44 AM PST 06/20/2014 by THR Staff
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The new wrist device, which will likely launch in the fall, will incorporate more than 10 sensors including ones that track health and fitness, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Apple is planning to make multiple versions of a smartwatch that is likely to launch in the fall, according to a report.

Apple’s wrist device will likely come in multiple screen sizes and will incorporate more than 10 sensors, including ones to keep track of health and fitness, The Wall Street Journal reported, claiming that the tech giant is looking to address the criticism that existing smartwatches don’t provide functions significantly different from those of a smartphone. Apple’s smartwatch could launch as soon as October, with production set to begin in two to three months, the Journal added.

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A component supplier also indicated that Apple is expecting big sales of the device, telling the Journal that shipments are expected to total between 10 million and 15 million units by the end of the year.

Japanese newspaper Nikkei previously reported that Apple’s iWatch will run on the new Apple iOS 8 mobile operating system announced earlier this month at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Nikkei claimed the curved touchscreen device will track sleep activity, calorie consumption and blood oxygen levels.

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Nikkei also said that Apple is working with Nike, which developed the FuelBand activity tracker, to integrate its technology into the new watch.

At the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple also launched a new Health app that gives users a dashboard of their health and fitness data.

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Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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