Apple could unveil its first wearable device the iWatch in September but rumors point out that the device will not hit the shelves until next year. Earlier rumors talked about Apple releasing two devices together in its September 6th event. Apple has confirmed the date of press event but has kept under wraps what it seeks to reveal.
iWatch release date from Apple will not be happening any soon and Apple could hold off the launch for the festive season when the buying sentiments are at their highest.
Why would Apple announce its iWatch for September?
In the past it has exactly done something similar, launched the iPad and then the product hit the shelf after three months. It gave ample time for Apple to gauge the consumer sentiments and plan its manufacturing process accordingly. So is Apple going to do something similar?
Apple has previewed the 2013 Mac Pro at the WWDC but was released for sale in late December. It could be planning something similar. There has always been a gestation period between the unveiling and the actual availability of any Apple product. The iPhone was announced January 9, 2007 and actual availability was on June 29, 2007. The iPad was presented publicly on stage January 27, 2010 followed by a public release April 3, 2010 for WiFi models and April 30, 2010 for cellular models.
Apple’s HealthKit and HomeKit will play a major role in the iWatch device which Apple wants to launch. It will also allow third party fitness programs and smart home devices to connect with the iWatch. In fact the breather will give developers a chance to build a new ecosystem.
The success of the iWatch from Apple will depend a lot on its battery life, fashion features, and the apps it will feature. This could include HomeKit, HealthKit, CarPlay, iBeacons, and mobile payments. It will also be interesting to see the extent to which Apple will partner with third party programmers to integrate its iWatch with other smart devices.