Todd Hamilton's iWatch concept profiled by Mashable in January of 2014.
Another day, another iWatch rumor. The latest news comes courtesy of Reuters, which reports that Taiwan's Quanta Computer Inc. will be mass producing Apple's long-rumored smartwatch this July.
According to Reuters, the smartwatch will have a 2.5-inch display and will be "slightly rectangular." The Reuters source says that the face will "protrude slightly from the band," have a touch screen (natch) and charge wirelessly.
The source says Apple is expecting to ship 50 million of these devices in the product's first year of release. Obviously, these kinds of estimates can fluctuate and change, and we remain skeptical of any sources tying down specific sales estimates.
The reports states that Quanta is already doing trial production runs of the device and that it will be the main manufacturer and responsible for at least 70 percent of the final assembly.
A July production start date could mean that the watch could make its commercial debut as early as October. Traditionally, Apple has launched accessories, including the iPod and now iPad, at that time.
A third source told Reuters that LG is the exclusive supplier of the screen for the initial production batch. LG was also responsible for all iPad screens (iPad displays are now dispersed amongst a few suppliers).
The iWatch is expected to have built-in sensors to monitor health. This would match nicely with the Health app and HealthKit SDK coming to iOS 8.
If this information is true and production does start next month, it will be interesting to see if any images of the device or its material leak ahead of release.