The release of the iWatch may be even closer than we expected. Reuters reported on Thursday afternoon that Apple is planning to launch its smartwatch as early as October and expects to ship 50 million units in the first year. This would be a major achievement for a wearable device, but considering Apple’s reputation in the industry, the iWatch might stand a chance.
According to the report, Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc. will begin mass production of the smartwatch this July. Sources also say that the device will likely feature a 2.5-inch rectangular display and the watch face will stick out slightly from the band to create an arch shape. The watch will also have a touch interface and wireless charging capabilities, as well as a sensor which will monitor the user’s pulse. Another source believes that LG will be the sole provider of the device’s screen, at least for the initial batch this year.
Quanta has already begun a trial production run of the device. Once mass production begins next month, Reuters’ sources believe the commercial launch could come as early as October.