Apple will most likely unveil its first smartwatch and enter the wearable segment at its iPhone 6 launch event on September 9. According to the reports yesterday, the iWatch is supposed to carry a rectangular design which will come in two sizes and 8 GB of storage.
According to the Wall Street Journal, iWatch will include Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for mobile payments. The technology will also make its way into iPhone 6 which has been missing for some time, since it is available on most mid-range to high-end Android counterparts.
NFC wireless is central to Apple’s plans to incorporate so-called tap-to-pay into its mobile devices, allowing users to pay for goods and services using credit cards stored with iTunes, people close to Apple said.
The report also goes on the claim that the iWatch will be available in two sizes and carry a curved OLED display. Also, the device will include a variety of health and fitness sensors.
As we reported earlier, Apple will just unveil the iWatch and it might go on sale later this year or early next year. Thus, production hasn’t kicked off yet and there are no leaked images, as most of them are leaked from the factories in China.
People familiar with Apple’s plans said it is unlikely that Apple will release the smartwatch this year, because the Cupertino, Calif, company is still working out engineering knits in production. Earlier in the year, Apple had targeted a November release, these people said.
One person familiar with Apple’s suppliers said there is “no way” that it will be able to ship the iWatch this year. However, Apple hasn’t changed its timetable for component suppliers that are shipping parts as scheduled to Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc. , the proposed device’s manufacturer.
Now, according to The New York TImes also, the iWatch will be carrying a flexible display and to come with NFC capabilities.
It has a flexible display panel that is protected by a cover composed of sapphire, a type of tougher glass, they said. The device’s circuit board, which includes its sensors and chips, was described as tiny, about the size of a postage stamp.
For replenishing the battery, the smartwatch will rely on a wireless charging method. Apple had at one point tested solar charging for the watch, but that experiment failed.
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