Apple's iWatch slated for October launch with a 2.5in screen

iWatch concept image

Apple's iWatch has been circling the rumor mill for many months but with each new week, it seems that details emerge to make it a bit more concrete. This time around, Reuters is saying that the iWatch will have a 2.5 inch display, wireless charging and of course will be touch friendly.

Taiwan's Quanta Computer will reportedly be building the device and it is expected to start producing the watch in July ahead of an October release. The source of these rumors said that Apple expects to ship a massive 50 million watches in its first year. If true, that means that Apple is, unsurprisingly, very confident in its watch formula considering that Samsung's attempt has not done so well.

LG is tagged as being the company that will be supplying the screen for the device, which is said to be "slightly rectangular" and will create an arch slightly above the band. Inside the device will be multiple sensors, one of which will be able to measure a user's pulse.

The watch will likely run a version of iOS and have tight integration with iPhones and iPads.

The last new hardware device from Apple was the iPhone 5c in 2013 and that was not an entirely new device for the company. The iWatch is the first device in several years to enter a new market for the company and all eyes will be on Tim Cook to see if he can generate the same amount of hype as Steve Jobs' was able to do.

Source: ReutersImage via Gizmorati

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The mockup above looks more like a medical bracelet. They'd need to make it better quality than the phone given how many cracked screens I notice per day.

Son_Of_Dad said,
The mockup above looks more like a medical bracelet. They'd need to make it better quality than the phone given how many cracked screens I notice per day.

How many times have you dropped your watch on the ground? Exactly.

I don't understand why companies are all bandwagoning onto smartwatches. I stopped using a watch completely well over 10 years ago as my phone pretty much took the place of it. And I certainly don't want to take a step backwards and use one again.

Doesn't matter who makes it, I don't want one now or ever.

a watch with a 2.5" screen?.... that size would bug the heck out of me... heck large dial watches bug the heck out of me...


it would be hilarious if this just turned out to be a normal Timex watch or something with an Apple logo on it.....

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
The question is, does it require an iPhone to work? That's why Samsung's watch didn't sell.

Of course it will. This isn't Microsoft...

Forjo said,

Of course it will. This isn't Microsoft...

Sammie sold quite a few watches. And before you bring up, well carriers were giving them away for free with phones; those carriers still had to pay for those watches. So no, they were free. The carriers simply subsidized the full cost to you, just like they do when they give you a free phone. The cost is already paid. They get the rest from the data plan which more than doubles the cost of the phone over the year.

By now I would say, Sammie has likely sold over 1M of those toys. Am sure Apple will sell more of them. But a 2.1" display, isn't a watch, its a huge bracelet.

Forjo said,
Of course it will. This isn't Microsoft...

I was about to joke about how it'd probably work better first on the competition's devices, but then I realized how true that'd probably be. :/

There are several reasons why it didn't sell, not least of which is the poor battery life. Who wants a watch that needs charging every couple of days??

The other big reason is there's no reason to have such a device.

Luckily for Apple, that doesn't stop Apple fans from buying any new Apple device by the truckload.

CJEric said,

slap an Apple logo on it and people will buy that. (or so I've been told...)

Slap an apple logo on a toilet and they'll go crazy for it.

Son_Of_Dad said,

Slap an apple logo on a toilet and they'll go crazy for it.

Slap a Nokia logo on there and many here would go Ape ****!