With Apple’s push into the fitness and health-oriented sector with iOS 8, none of the rumors we’ve seen will make any sense without the company launching a fitness wearable device. We’ve been hearing tons of rumors of the company bringing us an iWatch that will provide this functionality, but we’ve heard very little of what to expect from it. New predictions from credible sources give us an idea of what to expect, and its both good and bad.
More predictions from credible sources claim that Apple will build two iWatch models to fit various wrists, 1.3 inches and 1.5 inches. Both devices will sport flexible AMOLED displays with sapphire covers to protect the device from any scratches in real-world use. The devices are rumored to have at on of biometric sensors, and will be compatible with the Mac, iPhone and iPad line-ups respectively. An interesting twist is that apparently both devices will be NFC capable, a first when it comes to Apple products. The battery is also expected to be between 200 and 250 mAh, which may worry some of us since this will apparently not allow the device to work for more than a day or two.
To make matters a little more dramatic, the reports mention that the device will be a fashionable product, and that one of them will even cost up to several thousand dollars. The report reads:
We are confident on Apple’s ability to make wearable devices with good fashion sense, which sets Apple apart from rivals. Fashion is the name of the game; most expensive model likely priced at several thousand US dollars. Referring to the rules of the fashion market, we predict the iWatch casing and band will come in various materials. The most expensive model of the iWatch line will carry a price tag of several thousand US dollars.
The device isn’t expected to launch until the end of 2014, being Apple’s most important product for the year, and selling 5.5 million units in 2014, which will rise to 30 to 50 million units in 2015.
Via: MacRumors through KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo