updated 09:25 am EDT, Fri June 20, 2014
Apple allegedly aiming for FDA approval
Apple is working on several different models of the iWatch, which will have 10 or more different health-related sensors, claims the Wall Street Journal. The paper has little more information, but does say that the device could arrive as soon as October, and that Apple is trying to distinguish the product from other smartwatches by making it significantly different from a smartphone. The Journal backs up a Thursday report that Quanta will be the main manufacturer, but says that production will only begin "in two to three months," instead of July.
One of the paper's sources suggests that the different models will likely involve multiple screen sizes, but several sources claim that the watch's specifications are still being finalized. It's forecast that Apple could have between 10 million and 15 million units shipped by the end of 2014.
Contradicting the Journal is Chinese site Laoyaoba, which says that Apple has indeed finalized specifications and is trying to get the product certified as medical hardware by the US Food and Drug Administration. Apple is known to have met with the FDA in December to discuss mobile medical apps.
The site does reiterate that the iWatch will come an array of health sensors, including ones for heart rate, blood pressure, and glucose levels. Apple is even said to be working on an in-house sweat analysis sensor, presumably necessary for tracking factors like glucose. It's expected that the iWatch will communicate this data to iOS 8's Health app.