Apple has just sent out press invitations for an event on September 9th, where the company is expected to announce the iPhone 6. In addition to the iPhone however, there might be one more thing…
According to Re/code, Apple is expected to thrill the audience with the introduction of a wearable device, colloquially known as the iWatch. This is not unreasonable to believe since the company filed a patent for a wrist-worn device which vastly improves the accuracy of measuring steps, and another patent which outlines in-strap circuitry. If that isn’t enough, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services told the world, “We’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple.” — referring to products coming out this year.
Many speculate that the device will feature biometric sensors capable of monitoring physiologic data, which would then utilize iOS 8 HealthKit, announced earlier this year. The device may interact with HomeKit as well, the home automation software also included in iOS 8.
Apple isn’t without competition though; companies like Google, Samsung, Pebble, and Withings have already released smartwatches — with relatively weak adoption into the mainstream. Perhaps such wearable devices are not fashionable enough or do not offer enough relevant insight for the user to consider as a part of their everyday attire. This is where Apple could theoretically take the lead, as they historically have had an ambitious eye for design with their other products. However, other companies like FashionTEQ have been researching and developing fashionable wearable devices for some time. Only time will tell.