As part of a recent research note laying out what Apple's 2014 product roadmap looks like, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo -- who tends to be more accurate than most Apple analysts -- provides us with some more information about Apple's long-rumored iWatch.
Kuo writes that Apple's iWatch will come in two sizes (1.3 and 1.5 inches) and will feature flexible AMOLED displays with a sapphire coating. Indeed, Apple a few months back partnered up with GT Advanced Technologies to manufacture sapphire on a massive scale. Also note that high-end watches today typically employ sapphire screens as the material is nearly scratch proof.
Functionality wise, Kuo writes that the device will host a number of biometric sensors, but it remains to be seen just what type of metrics the device will measure. Apple of course has made a number of interesting hires in the biomedical space, along with hiring fitness and sleep experts as well. While non-invasive glucose measuring shouldn't be expected, perhaps the device may be able to measure oxygen saturation levels, heart rate, sleep patterns, calories burned, and more.
Some other tidbits from Kuo include:
- The iWatch's mechanical parts may be constructed out of liquid metal, a strong, light and durable metal alloy
- The iWatch will come with an NFC chip
- The iWatch may feature wireless charging functionality
- Battery life on the device will last for at least one day
- It will be offered at a number of different price points and will come in a wide array of different materials. In other words, it will compete at both the low and high-end of the market
- Somewhat bizzarely, Kuo writes that the top of the line model may sell for several thousand dollars.
Apple's 2014 to this point has admittedly been rather quiet, but if history is any indication, that's just a quiet before a storm of new products hit store shelves towards the latter half of the year. iPhone wise, for example, expect to see two new iPhone models announced as part of this year's refresh, arguably representing the bigget shakeup to Apple's iPhone lineup since the original.