It is no secret that wearable technology is gaining in its momentum and popularity, or that smart watches are about to hit the market full force. The devices certainly are not new, but with Google announcing Android Wear, it is only a matter of time before the Apple officially enters the fray with the rumored iWatch.
No one at Apple has confirmed the iWatch is even in the works, however, the company has made a number of moves which would indicate the device is in development and expected for an October release. It has been reported that Apple has already trademarked "iWatch" in a number of countries, including in Japan. Many assume–probably safely so–this will be the final name for the wearable device. Last Friday, CNBC reported Apple had hired an executive for Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer. Later, 9to5Mac called out Patrick Pruniaux as Apple's man. The Cupertino group has also brought a number of fashion industry experts on-board, including former chief executive of Burberry Angela Ahrendts and Levi's senior vice president Enrique Atienza. Apple even snagged Ben Shaffer last September who worked on designing the Nike FuelBand.
Another assumption is that it was run iOS 8, which was just officially revealed last month at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. The press release outlined a number of features that would be well suited for the iWatch, specifically the all new Health app which is geared at collecting the user's information and statistics across various fitness apps. The Wall Street Journal believes the smartwatch will include ten sensors to collect this data, one of which may be specifically to record one's heart rate; others would be able to track sleep patterns. Apple hired a number of biomedical experts earlier this year to work on sensors to monitor blood glucose, et cetera, but they have also patented a wrist-oriented pedometer to track the wearer's steps. Athletes are even believed to be testing the iWatch, some of whom–namely Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers–have been seen meeting with lead Apple designer Jony Ive.
As far as physical design is concerned, many are expecting the iWatch to fall into the smartwatch standard shape, i.e. boxy and rectangular. It is believed the smartwatch will be available in two sizes, 2.5 inches diagonally and 1.3 inches wide or 2.5" by 1.5" wide (not a huge difference). The rest is up in the air. Some rumor it to have a flexible display and NFC-capable wireless charging. The New York Times suggests that since Apple has expressed interest in alternative power sources for their devices, the iWatch may be solar or even kinetically charged.