The subject of multiple leaks and countless rumours, the iWatch is widely expected to land this autumn alongside the upcoming iPhone 6 release date, with industry analysts now adding further backing to these claims.
Citing unnamed sources from within Apple’s supply chain, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst and serial tipster Brian White has suggested that the iWatch will be formally unveiled alongside the new Apple handset at a dedicated event this September.
“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 note to investors.
“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 the fall.”
He added: “Given the trajectory of this ramp and our experience analysing other product ramps at Apple, we expect the ‘iWatch’ to be unveiled with the iPhone 6 in September.
“Since our research suggests the first iteration of the ‘iWatch’ is more of a companion device, and thus requires a connection to an iPhone, we believe unveiling the two new devices at the same time makes sense.”
Although White has failed to offer any new details on the potential iWatch specs sheet, recent reports have suggested the timepiece could feature a round touchscreen display, similar to that on the upcoming Motorola Moto 360.
With iOS 8 having been unveiled earlier this week with the new HealthKit hub and Health app, it is also expected that the sensor filled iWatch will feature a heavy fitness and wellbeing tilt with possible tie-ins being made with sportswear giant Nike.
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