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Nikkei: Apple’s iWatch will launch in October with a curved OLED display

Published Jun 6th, 2014 9:15AM EDT
Apple iWatch Release Date October
Image: Nickolay Lamm

Although we just heard on Thursday from Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White that Apple would likely launch its first wearable computer in September alongside the iPhone 6, a new report from Nikkei claims that Apple won’t launch the iWatch until October. The report also claims that the new device will run on a modified version of iOS 8 and will have a curved OLED touchscreen, which seemingly hints that the device will indeed have a round face like the Moto 360 and not a square face like the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

Nikkei also says that Apple is feeling very confident that its iWatch will be a hit, which would really make it a first among smartwatches. Among the reasons for Apple’s confidence are partnerships with both the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic to “develop specific ways of analyzing the collected [health] data and applying it to actual health management.” Apple is also working extensively with Nike on iWatch features, which should definitely give it a boost among fitness fanatics who already own plenty of Nike gear.

Because of this confidence, Nikkei’s sources say Apple is planning to sell between 3 million to 5 million iWatches per month, which would be pretty impressive since no smartwatch has yet broken through in the consumer market.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.