We have 5 days before Apple’s event and we’re hoping to see the Apple iWatch among the gadgets announced in the company’s line up. But before we attend the event, let’s get ready with new up to date leaks about the smartwatch.
One of the first leaks we’re hearing about is a sapphire upgrade for the device. This iWatch leak comes in the form of several official documents, with the first revealing Apple’s plan to increase production at its Arizona plant in an effort to “meet an aggressive go-live timeline of August 2014″ in a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Commerce back in July. There’s also a more recent filing that lists a new sapphire component under the reference number 7116.20, potentially classifying it as an “article of jewelry.” It seems that this is pointing directly at the Apple iWatch but nothing seems to be for certain till we actually lay our eyes on the device.
Bloomberg reported that the iWatch will in fact, be unveiled a few days from now. The tech giant originally planned an October release but it seems there is a change of strategy. Why? Well, Bloomberg speculates that Apple’s plan to debut the wearable device alongside the iPhone may be the company’s way of limiting expectations for the device, positioning it more as an iPhone accessory rather than a standalone device.
Digitimes has reported that Apple’s iWatch has reached the “engineering verification test” (EVT) stage of development and will likely beginning shipping in 2015. Sources are saying that the device will undergo production verification testing (PVT) before entering mass production.
Anonymous supply chain sources told Economic Daily News that Apple is requesting delivery of hardware components for the iWatch as it prepares to start assembly of the wristwatch device in September. Sources claim it will take Apple several months of manufacturing refinement before it has a final product that is ready for retail shelves. The company may decide to offer the iWatch in limited quantities at the end of this year or wait until 2015 to start selling the wearable device.
Although we’re most probably seeing the device being unveiled on September 9th, reports are saying that the wearable device will not ship till early next year. According to Re/Code, “sources in position to know tell me it won’t arrive at market for a few months. “It’s not shipping any time soon,” said one. So when does Apple plan to ship its eagerly anticipated wearable? That’s not clear, but my understanding is that we’re unlikely to see it at retail until after the holiday season — think early 2015.” KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is among those who recently reported that a 2015 launch is likely for the iWatch, also havingpredicted last month that production on the device would not begin until November.
According to Re/Code, the Cupertino company is planning on selling the iWatch for $400 (RM 1300) per unit. Sounds a little bit on the expensive side doesn’t it? Not to worry, there are talks about releasing a more affordable version of the gadget. However, with a cheaper price, expect quite a number of the wow features we’ve been hearing to be stripped down.
The Apple iWatch is rumored to compliment the latest health platform from the company. It should be filled with health oriented features such as fitness trackers, heart rate monitors and so on. We can’t wait to see the device finally make its debut in less than a week! According to CEO, Tim Cook the September 9th event will feature Apple’s best line up of products in the last 25 years!