Apple iWatch Expected for a Third Quarter Launch

by Dale Wright

iWatch Concept

Apple is expected to release its iWatch smartwatch in the third quarter of 2014, according to new reports backing up the claims.

Chinese news sites have reported that supply chains are gearing up to begin mass production of the Apple iWatch, with the smartwatch expected to make its debut in Q3.  The iWatch handset will be manufactured by Quanta Computer and the processing chips and sapphire touch screens will be supplied by Richtek Technology and TPK.  The reports claim that Apple wants to ship 65 million units of the iWatch by the end of 2014.

We’ve heard this Q3 release date for the Apple iWatch before, of course, so this is just more confirmation that it’s probably true.  What’s significant about that date is that we’re also expecting the iPhone 6 to be launched in Q3.  That probably means that Apple is planning to launch the iWatch alongside the iPhone 6, as a companion device.

iOS 8 Concept

The features of the iWatch haven’t been confirmed yet, but its main use is expected to be related to health monitoring.  The Healthbook app has been tipped to be a big addition to iOS 8, so that makes sense that the iWatch and iPhone 6 would launch together.  Healthbook will reportedly track a wide variety of the user’s health statistics, including heart rate, blood pressure, sleep, and weight.  It seems that the iPhone 6, the iWatch and iOS 8’s Healthbook are set to be Apple’s holy health trinity and will take the company in a whole new direction.

iOS 8 is expected to be showcased at WWDC 2014 in June, so perhaps we’ll get a fuller picture of Apple’s health technology plans then.  Will we see the iWatch showcased at WWDC, as it’s due to be released at the same time as iOS 8?  Unlikely – Apple is probably keeping its cards close to its chest on this one.