News by Andrew Kameka on Friday June 20, 2014.
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Apple is gearing up to take on the Samsung Gear and Android Wear with its own smartwatch that will come in a variety of sizes and perform several tasks when it launches in October. The typically reliable Wall Street Journal has spoken with multiple sources that say Apple's long-rumored wearable device will launch this fall and come in multiple flavors in order to appease more customers. While smartwatches are often criticized for being too large or devoid of style, Apple's "iWatch" will have multiple screen sizes. Someone with a small wrist will get the watch that best fits them, something not common in today's wearables.
The iWatch is expected to have "more than 10 sensors" for things like health and fitness tracking. It's likely that the device will be able to track stats from workout sessions, monitor heart rate, and track steps made throughout the day. Apple made a big push into health tracking when it announced iOS 7, which has a Health app that would probably integrate with the watch, and the watch would complete the circle of those efforts.
Apple is said to be very ambitious with the potential for its smartwatches. One source speaking to the Wall Street Journal says that Apple plans to ship 10 to 15 million units to its stores by the end of the year. Whether Apple expects to sell that many devices is unclear, but shipping so many units means Apple doesn't plan to cede any more of the young but growing smartwatch market to Pebble and Samsung.source: Wall Street Journal
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.