updated 09:21 am EDT, Fri June 6, 2014
Apple allegedly planning 3-5 million units per month
The iWatch will ship in October with a curved OLED touchscreen and a modified version of iOS 8, sources tell Japanese business publication Nikkei. The people say that Apple is finalizing the device's specifications, and back claims that the watch will use an array of biometric sensors to track factors like sleep, calorie consumption, and even blood oxygen and glucose levels. One parts manufacturer says that Apple is planning to manufacture somewhere between 3 and 5 million iWatches per month, which could make it the most prolific watch in the world.
The October timeline contradicts a forecast made this week by Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White, who is calling for a September date alongside the iPhone 6. Apple could, however, simply announce the iWatch at the same time as new iPhones but launch a few weeks later. More significantly the Nikkei account appears to dismiss notions that the iWatch will have a round face, since it's unlikely that the display would be both circular and curved around the wrist.
To fit the dimensions and storage limits of a watch, iOS 8 may have to be radically scaled down. It's still uncertain whether Apple will support third-party apps on the device, or just allow iPhone apps to access data.