Feeds

Report pegs Apple for October smartwatch release

Sorry folks: at least another four months of iWatch stories

Reducing security risks from open source software

Apple is reportedly targeting an October release for its much-rumored smartwatch.

A report from Nikkei cites industry sources who claim that the maker of various iStuffs will have its wrist-mounted fanboi magnet hit the shelves in time for the holiday shopping season.

The report claims that Apple is already working with manufacturers in Asia on ramp-up plans for manufacturing that will see monthly production of the devices of 3-5 million units. The so-called iWatch will reportedly sport a curved OLED touchscreen and will contain a number of sensors to monitor wearers' vital functions and exercise information.

The news agency notes that the release would coincide with the arrival of iOS 8 and its accompanying HealthKit personal fitness API. The HealthKit platform, unveiled by Apple earlier this week at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, was touted by execs as a key component for future iOS health and exercise apps.

The release would fall in line with Apple's typical product release timeline, in which new iPhone models tend to arrive late in the summer and iPads hit the shelves in late October, a few weeks before the holiday buying frenzy kicks off in earnest.

The described system also sounds a lot like a similar devices that's rumored to be in the works from Microsoft. Redmond's mystery bracelet is also said to be health-centric and is thought to cram a collection of various sensors around a wrist-mounted display.

So far, smartwatches have failed to set the market alight, with even major launches like Samsung's Galaxy Gear meeting with weak sales. But the arrival of Apple in the market – and the advent health tracking features and curved OLED screens, rather than bulky square displays – could help sway consumer interest. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises
iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.