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The iWatch is here: rumour roundup

Rumors by Luke Jones on Monday September 08, 2014.

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The iWatch will land tomorrow
The iWatch will land tomorrow

The big buzz around tomorrow's Apple iPhone 6 launch is that the company is going to roll out the much anticipated iWatch too. Many reports are now leading with the launch of the wearable being a certainty and not just probable. That's interesting of course, but little else is known about what would be Cupertino's first smartwatch, so we think a rumour roundup is in order.

The iWatch

At least that is what everyone thinks it will be called, but there are no guarantees at the moment where this device is concerned. However, this is one of the most anticipated devices in recent years, quite a feat for a product that may not actually exist. If the wearable does land tomorrow it will do with a huge splash, even managing to upstage the iPhone 6.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the iWatch would come in two sizes and Apple's new rumoured affection for NFC would make the transition from the iPhone 6 to the smartwatch. There have also been reports that the iWatch is going to get a flexible display, which would lend itself to a bracelet style design. While most smartwatches have placed an emphasis on fitness, Cupertino will apparently take it to the next level with a slew of features. They include a heart-rate monitor, a step tracker and sensors that can track your hydration levels, blood pressure, and sweat.

One of the most consistent rumours around the iWatch is that it will be launched tomorrow and be given a demo, but will not actually be available to buy until January. My own Apple contact confirmed that, but I am puzzled by that strategy as it would mean the iWatch is not available for sale during the busy Holiday Period.

If you have any lingering doubts whether the wearable will arrive, there has been a strong rumour that Apple is employing some fashion heavyweights for tomorrow's event. Like Motorola, Cupertino sees the smartwatch as an extension of fashion and traditional watches, and not just a tech gadget. We so no other reasons why fashionistas would be used at the event if Apple was not launching a wearable.

Verging on speculation

While some iWatch rumours seem to have been backed up by several sources, others are on less steady ground. Chief among the unknowns are the iWatch specs, with screen size also up in the air, especially with speculation that the product will come with two screen sizes. While it is fun to speculate on these matters, the truth is that in terms of size and hardware the iWatch is likely to match up with most of the smartwatches running Android Wear.

That means we can expect a screen size between 1.3 and 2 inches, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and so on and so forth.

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