Yesterday a report from Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White, who has been on the ground in Taipei and speaking with Apple component suppliers, suggested that the iWatch will launch in September alongside the iPhone 6. Today, a report from Nikkei suggests that Apple may hold it for a month after it reveals the iPhone 6 and will instead launch the device in October. The news outlet also reveals some new hardware for the smartwatch.
Nikkei said the iWatch will be able to gather much more data than standard fitness trackers, including blood glucose levels and blood oxygen levels, in addition to more standard data on calories burned, steps taken, sleep quality and more. The HealthKit unveil during WWDC 2014 suggests that Apple will continue to rely on third party hardware makers for the more advanced data collection, and it’s unclear how the company plans to collect blood data in a non-intrusive way.
The news outlet also said Apple’s iWatch will employ an OLED touchscreen display. The company is reportedly gearing up production to push as many as 3-5 million units each month after the device’s launch, Nikkei said. Pricing still remains unknown.