Apple’s Health and HealthKit announcements during WWDC 2014 earlier this week may have been our biggest hints yet that Apple is planning an entry into the health and smartwatch market with the iWatch. While we still have no confirmation from Apple that it’s really going to release its own product, there are indications from the company’s component suppliers that production is set to ramp up soon.
According to Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White, who has been on the ground in Taipei for the Computex trade show in Taiwan, and who also recently speculated the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will launch at the same time as the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, Apple’s supply partners are ready to manufacture the parts to be used in Apple’s iWatch.
“With the theme around wearable technology at Computex this year, our research has uncovered more data points as it relates to Apple’s iWatch,” White said in a recent note. “Our meeting with a tech supply chain company highlighted that initial production of certain “iWatch” components is scheduled to begin later this month and there are plans for a sharp acceleration into fall… we expect the “iWatch” to be unveiled with the iPhone 6 in September.”
White said a September launch makes sense because the iWatch will rely on the iPhone for connectivity, which means it should only be natural to unveil the two “companion” products together.