By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 06/20/2014
All signs point to an Apple iWatch being released around October. Apple's boosting their Sapphire manufacturing, which could make iPhone screens more durable, but more importantly, it could make an iWatch that handles the bumps and grinds common to watches. Indeed Sapphire is commonly used already for traditional watch screens, and unlike iPhones, most people don't put their watch in a protective case!
Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting the iWatch might come in different sizes, presumably for men and women, who might prefer something less bulky. As an owner of both the Pebble smart watch and a Martian Watch, I'm excited to see what Apple could do. I like the waterproof Pebble, and the fact that it charge by a magnetically attached cable. The Martian Watch acts as a Bluetooth speaker and has a "Siri button" that lets the wearer interact with Siri directly from the watch. If Apple can merge these capabilities, and add a touchscreen app-based interface, they could do quite well.
Based on Apple's MagSafe connector, and other Apple patents, there's speculation that an iWatch will have wireless charging, similar to PowerMat. The iWatch could sync data wirelessly by Low Energy Bluetooth. This could eliminate all ports, making the iWatch sleek and ideally, waterproof. October would be a great time to release the iWatch. The iWatch could pair with the new larger iPhone 6, anticipated in September. A larger phone is likely to stay in people's pockets, backpacks, or purses, and the watch could act as a speakerphone. Plus, it would be just in time for holiday shopping!