Apple's iWatch to feature a 2.5 inch display, may launch in Oct

By Silky Malhotra | Published on Jun 20 2014
Apple's iWatch to feature a 2.5 inch display, may launch in Oct
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Apple's iWatch mass-production is expected to start in July. It will feature a 2.5 inch rectangular display and wireless charging as well.

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According to reports, Apple's iWatch could arrive as soon as October, and is "likely" to support a rectangular 2.5-inch display manufactured by LG. Apple expects to ship 50 million units of its iWatch in the first year.

iWatch's display with be "slightly rectangular in shape" and would feature hardware capable of detecting the user's pulse. The smartwatch will also have a touch interface and wireless charging capabilities. The source added that the watch's face will protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape. Previous reports about Apple's iWatch reveal that the wearable may use solar panels and magnetic induction charging mechanism.

Taiwan's Quanta Computer Inc will start mass production of Apple Inc's first smartwatch in July, a source close to the matter said. Production of the iWatch is expected to start in July, with Apple aiming to produce and ship nearly 50 million units in its first year.

According to research firm IDC, the wearable market is growing at a fast pace and worldwide shipments of wearable's is likely to triple this year compared to 2013. Apple has already dropped hints of its plans in wearable technology and has promised repeatedly that it would launch "exciting" new products this year.

Apple's smartwatch will compete with smartwatches from Samsung, Sony, Motorola and LG Electronics Inc. Motorola and LG are also planning to launch their Android wear based smartwatches over the summer with “Ok Google” assistant. Samsung is working on a new variant of its Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch with an integrated USIM module.

Source: CNBC

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