According to the Chinese site, C Technology
, Apple is reportedly planning to release its long-rumored iWatch alongside the next iPhone in October 2014 with the company having tested two iWatch prototypes. The report goes on to state that Apple hasn’t decided on the final screen size of the device, with the prototype units being powered by a 100 mAh battery. The iWatch is also rumored to include wireless charging capabilities which will allow the device to charge from up to a meter away, but this hasn’t been confirmed.
As of right now, the report questions the inclusion of a 100 mAh battery, noting that it appears to be too small to allow for significant battery life. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, which contains a 315 mAh battery (over three times as large) has received criticism over poor battery life, so one can only imagine the battery life on Apple’s iteration as of right now. Battery life was previously reported as an issue as well for Apple with the iWatch prototypes only lasting 1-2 days on a charge and the company appears to be actively searching for ways to extend the battery life to 4-5 days. C Technology notes that wireless charging would be one way to reduce the burden of frequent charges but it is also unclear exactly how it would be implemented by Apple.
In contrast, another report from Digitimes
stated that the iWatch would be released in Q2 2014, with component makers having started pilot production for the device. The same report stated that low part yields have pushed back mass production of the device from an internal target of Q1 2014 to Q2 2014, with Apple suppliers such as Quanta, Inventec, and Foxconn working on completing iWatch production orders.
As many of you may already know, reports and rumors of the iWatch have continually surfaced throughout the past few months with Apple rumored to be releasing both 1.7- and 1.3-inch displays of the watch for men and women. NPD DisplaySearch
analyst Paul Gagnon notes that Apple appears to have put its major television product plans on hold for the time being in order to focus on wearables such as the iWatch.
When it comes to C Technology’s
track record for reliability, it’s been a mixed bag. The site is appears to be a frequent source of accurate iPhone 5S and 5C photo leaks but also shared several inaccurate pictures and information about the recent iPad releases. Ultimately, we’ll find out what’s true and what isn’t when we receive more concrete information.
Source: C Technology