As we continue to read more about what to expect for iOS 8, it’s clear that if Apple wants to take fitness seriously, an fitness wearable has to be included in the package. We’ve heard rumors of the company working on its own smartwatch for months now, and Apple’s key focus with this device is mainly geared toward the fitness crowd. If you’re asking yourself how Apple might plan to differentiate the iWatch from its current competition, rumors point to some unique features to come.
One of the most interesting rumors points to the iWatch including a UV light exposure sensor. What this will do is measure the amount of exposure you’re receiving from the sun and help you avoid any unnecessary sunburn. According to the source, the device will include a special chip to measure this:
These chips measure UV exposure to aid those with elevated risk of sunburn or just a general concern about excessive sun exposure, and we believe they may be of appealing to OEMs looking to differentiate in a crowded market. To that end, while these products have seen little public hype thus far, we believe SLAB has a win in Apple’s upcoming iWatch (late 2H14 or early 2015).
And yes, that last sentence does give a clear hint as to when we might expect Apple to launch the iWatch. Reports have Apple using AMOLED displays for the iWatch that will be supplied by TPK, with processors for these displays made by Samsung. Apparently both suppliers won’t be ready to guarantee mass production unless the launch date for the iWatch is during the August-September timeframe. Still, with WWDC happening in June, a two-month wait between the announcement and launch of the iWatch is rather decent if you think of it.