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The tech world awaits the release of Apple’s new smartwatch with baited breath. Release dates are all over th...
The tech world awaits the release of Apple’s new smartwatch with baited breath. Release dates are all over the board and as of yet unconfirmed. Meanwhile, the Internet is rife with rumours regarding price, features, design, and speculation about how the iWatch stacks up to the current smartwatch market. Let’s go through some of the hottest rumours about Apple’s forthcoming game-changer.
Release date: Recent reports from Reuters have put the iWatch release in October of this year, though some analysts say that with 10 million examples to make by the fall, November is a more realistic expectation.
Size: A Taiwan news source claims there will be three iWatch models with screen sizes from 1.6 to 1.8 inches, though Reuters reported a larger 2.5-inch display. Is bigger better?
Availability: Those first 10 million are likely to get snapped up pretty fast by the legions of Apple fanboys and fangirls, so what’s a normal person to do? Wait it out? Not for long. Katy Huberty, a prominent Morgan Stanley analyst, predicts that 30-60 million iWatches will be sold during the first year.
Price: Now let’s get down to brass tacks — or tax, as it were. Huberty expects the iWatch to retail at $300 US. Expect import taxes to significantly balloon that figure in Europe and the rest of the world.
Design: What will make the average consumer buy an Apple iWatch? These are not mobile phones. Hardly anyone uses a smartwatch, partly because no one needs one, but also because of the way they look. Apple has apparently teamed up with some bigwig Swiss watchmakers to solve the problem of fashion. Meanwhile, we’ve seen artist mock-ups displaying a variety of round, square, and bendable touchscreen bracelets claiming to be part of the iWatch design, many of which look like ads (fanboy graphic designers apparently have a lot of time on their hands). A “slightly rectangular” watch face is generally expected.
Features: With potentially life-saving applications, biometrics, sapphire crystal display, the ability to sync with your iPhone and iPad, a 4 to 5-day battery life, and wireless charging, the iWatch is rumoured to be loaded with attractive features. Will they be enough to start another tech consumer revolution? Will the next stage in iTech make bulky digital watches cool again? We’ll have to wait and see.
The pressure is on Apple to come up with another iconic product — another iPhone or iPad rather than an Apple TV. Are there any other rumours you’ve heard about the new iWatch? Share them below in the comments section!