Apple iWatch reportedly enters production, may launch alongside iPhone 6

Apple has been rumoured to launch its smartwatch for quite some time and now reports from China have revealed, that the wearable device known as iWatch has entered the production stage and might launch during this year.

According to the report from China Times, sources within Apple's supply chain have revealed that the company has begun production of the iWatch in limited numbers and is expected to launch the device in the second half of 2014. While we have heard about similar rumours throughout 2013, it seems that this might be the year that the device actually lands in the hands of the consumers.

Previous reports have suggested that Apple has formed a team of 100 engineers to work on the iWatch and has patented over 80 technologies that would be integrated in the device. Now, China Times has revealed that the iWatch would be using a SiP (system-in-package) module instead of a traditional printed circuit board (PCB) to integrate as many sensors in the smallest possible construction.

Although, we haven't seen any actual prototypes or leaks of the iWatch yet, IBTimes has reported on high profile hires and acquisitions related to wearable devices by Apple which point to a possible launch.

WWDC 2014 is the closest Apple event which could showcase the iWatch in June, or fans will have to wait till the launch of the iPhone 6 in August or September.

Source: China Times (Chinese) via IBTimes | Image via Gizmorati

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If its better than my garmin or suunto sports watch ill buy it. Cant wait to have some smarter sportswatch.

"While we have heard about similar rumours throughout 2013, it seems that this might be the year that the device actually lands in the hands of the consumers."
What makes it seem like that to you? What kind of logic is that? You even mentioned you haven't seen any prototypes or anything yet, and pretty much absolutely nothing but empty rumors. SiP? Well duh, so? These rumor news articles are so ridiculous, especially when your title states a fake "fact". How about showing just a LITTLE bit of integrity? Not even journalistic integrity, since you're not really a journalist, but basic integrity.

audioman said,
"While we have heard about similar rumours throughout 2013, it seems that this might be the year that the device actually lands in the hands of the consumers."
What makes it seem like that to you? What kind of logic is that? You even mentioned you haven't seen any prototypes or anything yet, and pretty much absolutely nothing but empty rumors. SiP? Well duh, so? These rumor news articles are so ridiculous, especially when your title states a fake "fact". How about showing just a LITTLE bit of integrity? Not even journalistic integrity, since you're not really a journalist, but basic integrity.

Dont be so harsh but youre right. Cant deny that.

The issue I have with smart watches is battery. Watch batteries are not supposed to die in a day or two. People aren't used to having to monitor the battery in their watch. I don't want to have carry around another charger in case my watch dies in the middle of the day.

If it is a **small** and wearable watch the fine. However, i think that it will be another "da brick", or worst, a bracelet

Anyways, right now Apple is arriving later to the party.

If Apple pulls off the smartwatch (not an Apple fan) then everyone needs to back off and admit you're just not innovative. You've had plenty of time, have come up with nothing anyone wants and you just don't have the creativity needed. You need to start waiting until Apple comes out with something so you will know how to proceed. And this pisses me off.

Isn't this really the history of Apple. They always sit back and watch, then come out with something that out does the competition. the iphone/ipad/ipod are all examples of this. Right now no one thinks that smart watches will take off or that no one needs one. If Apple does indeed launch one, its probably going to be successful only because that outdid everyone else.

"If Apple pulls off the smartwatch (not an Apple fan) then everyone needs to back off and admit you're just not innovative."

That seems like an odd way to judge innovation. Wait and see what other companies are doing, what works and what isn't, make your own product based off of that.

That's not innovation sorry, they are just following the pack and doing it better.

I would have been on board with this a few years ago, but with all of the tech they're throwing into smartphones and apps that they have, I'm starting to see a smart watch as a bit redundant.

I love my fitbit flex, but with the M7 the only reason I wear it now is for sleep tracking, and there are moments I don't have my phone on me. It's only a matter of time before the M7 or sensors in other phones will be able to track sleep.

If anyone can do this sort of thing right, it (should) be Apple. This will be a big test without Jobs. I wear a watch, one of those semi gaudy ostentatious ones that's main function is to impress other douche bags I do business with...sadly it works remarkably well. Smart watches would only garner giggles in my world.

I use a BT earpiece pretty much all the time, I have an app the reads me my email headers, texts and speaks caller ID and a bunch of other junk, so it doesn't seem like the watch can offer me much...but who knows, we'll see.

I look forward to seeing how Apple does this. No denying that they seem to do things better than the rest to start with.

I wear an analogue, so I doubt anything will appeal here though.

I have no interest in owning a smartwatch, but I'm looking forward to see if they do something interesting with the technology, or if it'll just be a run-of-the-mill product.

Same here but I am smelling that their smartwatch will be a component necessary to an iPhone. Similar to the one Samsung created that require a smartphone to work properly.

Will be interesting to see what they've come up with. I literally have no idea what it'll look like. Be nice if Apple use it as a chance to try a new style of design rather than it just looking like an iPod Nano on a wrist strap!

It all depend on what you need really. I don't doubt it will be a well produced device but right now my pebble rocks. It light, waterproof and does everything I need from a watch like actually shows time Lolllllllllll

While I'm not a big fan of Apple, I'm excited to see this. Not that I'm going to buy it, but everytime Apple launches a new product, the competition has to step up their game :-)

XorpiZ said,
While I'm not a big fan of Apple, I'm excited to see this. Not that I'm going to buy it, but everytime Apple launches a new product, the competition has to step up their game :-)

The competition hasnt got to do anythng cus smart watches are not wanted... no woman will wear one, no business man will wear one, no one who wants a nice time piece will want one... there reserved only for geeks and tech enthusiasts that would probably buy on e but not wear it. i bet even tim cook wont wear it, like hes gonna replace a $6000 watch with some piece of trash smart watch... its laughable at best

psionicinversion said,

The competition hasnt got to do anythng cus smart watches are not wanted... no woman will wear one, no business man will wear one, no one who wants a nice time piece will want one... there reserved only for geeks and tech enthusiasts that would probably buy on e but not wear it. i bet even tim cook wont wear it, like hes gonna replace a $6000 watch with some piece of trash smart watch... its laughable at best

I don't agree. If someone creates a good looking smart-watch, that doesn't do much else than act as sensors (heart rate, gps and the likes), a long battery life and no screen, I might be interested.

XorpiZ said,

I don't agree. If someone creates a good looking smart-watch, that doesn't do much else than act as sensors (heart rate, gps and the likes), a long battery life and no screen, I might be interested.

Theres already that out, its called nike fuel band

psionicinversion said,

Theres already that out, its called nike fuel band

Fuel band isn't a smart watch and it's sensors are very limited. Nothing more than basically steps taken and calories burned.

psionicinversion said,

The competition hasnt got to do anythng cus smart watches are not wanted... no woman will wear one, no business man will wear one, no one who wants a nice time piece will want one... there reserved only for geeks and tech enthusiasts that would probably buy on e but not wear it. i bet even tim cook wont wear it, like hes gonna replace a $6000 watch with some piece of trash smart watch... its laughable at best

You could have said the same thing about the tablet prior to the iPad. Tablets had been tried for years by other venders and never got any traction.

You can also add MP3 players to devices only geeks are interested in, until Apple started selling the original iPod in 2001.

psionicinversion said,
Theres already that out, its called nike fuel band

I called this the day they fired the Fuelband team, but I'm willing to bet Nike is in bed with Apple. It'd be the only logical move for them to take advantage of a product that will sell massively, instead of trying to rival a company who is good at this sort of stuff.

We'll see though.

As it stands, Samsung's Gear Fit is probably my favorite out thus far, and I don't even like Samsung. It just looks nice and functions well; though it'd be nice if it had a small bit of on-board storage for music to be used in tandem with a bluetooth headset. The possibilities...

Just me who gets annoyed at these silly mockups of an iPhone morphed in to a watch that come with these rumor articles. If Apple's engineers came up with anything like that they would all be out the door.

Can't wait to see what they have on their hands. ;-) Apple is pretty good at refining products that other manufacturers failed to properly implement.

JHBrown said,
Can't wait to see what they have on their hands. ;-) Apple is pretty good at refining products that other manufacturers failed to properly implement.

Not always.
Proof: Mac Pro.

The Mac Pro is not an example of Apple refining a product that others had tried and failed to make successful. The Mac Pro is a workstation class computer (not to be confused with a gaming computer), similar computers have successfully existed for years from other major OEMs.

What they tried (and arguably failed at) was to make such a computer popular at the consumer level. For home users, the Mac Pro is a vastly over priced computer that does not do tasks like high end games as well as lower priced computers from other venders. However, for someone who needs a workstation for a legit workstation tasks (AutoCAD, video production, high end photo or audio processing, mathematical computation, statistics, ect.) the Mac Pro works fine and is priced about the same as workstations like Dell's Precision or HP's Z series.

Having said all of that, I am no Mac Pro fan. Like most Apple computers, it costs more than the competition, and unlike the low-end computer market, you cannot claim the build quality or parts used are better than what Dell and HP are doing with similarly priced workstations.

The hardware is a joke. The reason I posted the picture is because it illustrates the ridiculousness of Apples decision to choose form over function. I do not knock the abilities of OSX itself on said hardware, but I stand by my statement (that could have been more clear) that the hardware setup is a joke.

JHBrown said,
Can't wait to see what they have on their hands. ;-) Apple is pretty good at refining products that other manufacturers failed to properly implement.

Apple's competition is pretty good at refining products that Apple "reinvents".

Steve Galbincea said,
The hardware is a joke. The reason I posted the picture is because it illustrates the ridiculousness of Apples decision to choose form over function. I do not knock the abilities of OSX itself on said hardware, but I stand by my statement (that could have been more clear) that the hardware setup is a joke.

The last time I checked, no professional needs all that kit plugged in at once. The only time they'd use a disc if they were re-installing an OS. Any sound/video professional will always have their own kit and the Mac Pro does an awesome job at doing any of that. That picture is no better than something in a tabloid.

Form is as important as anything in an office or even at home. I'd rather have that Mac Pro which I could have happily sat on my desk rather than the old chunky ones which take up half of the space underneath it.

JonnyLH said,

The last time I checked, no professional needs all that kit plugged in at once. .

except maybe an recording studio, which 95% of use Mac Pros

mcloum said,

except maybe an recording studio, which 95% of use Mac Pros

Yes. Mostly for unknown or irrational reasons. Mine, happily, uses a PC.

I agree it a joke and sucks for what it really does, but still glad at least someone is trying different things even if they fail.

Steve Galbincea said,
The hardware is a joke. The reason I posted the picture is because it illustrates the ridiculousness of Apples decision to choose form over function. I do not knock the abilities of OSX itself on said hardware, but I stand by my statement (that could have been more clear) that the hardware setup is a joke.

Have you seen the device, it's tiny and has a lot of hardware in that thing, seriously awesome how they've done it.

mcloum said,

except maybe an recording studio, which 95% of use Mac Pros


I know quite a lot of producers, most of them used beat up laptops with Cubase on them.

offroadaaron said,
Do we know any of these producers at all? Coz I'm sure the good ones don't use beat up laptops
This is Neowin. Anything Apple is not cool. I'm sure no "professional" uses a beat up laptop.

offroadaaron said,
Do we know any of these producers at all? Coz I'm sure the good ones don't use beat up laptops

"Good ones"? Wonder what qualifies a "good" producer. I guess a Mac ownership... Makes sense...