Apple iWatch to contain over 10 sensors, multiple designs: report

Apple iWatch to contain over 10 sensors, multiple designs: report

Summary: Apple's rumored iWatch product will not be limited to a single design and will contain various sensors to track your health, according to reports.

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A new report claims that Apple's rumored upcoming wearable device, dubbed the iWatch, will contain as many as ten sensors for tracking health data.

According to Wall Street Journal sources, over ten sensors will track data including health and fitness. The iPad and iPhone maker has demonstrated an interest in the fitness industry through the unveiling of the Health app last month at the Worldwide Developer Conference. The app collects and compiles user fitness and health data, including heart rate and diet.

The Health app was introduced, but an iOS device that could collect this data was not — which has fueled speculation that Apple is gearing up to take on rivals including Google and Samsung through its own entry into the wearables and fitness industry.

In addition to various sensors, it is believed the iWatch will come with multiple screen sizes. Reports have also suggested that Apple has assembled health, fitness and fashion specialists ahead of the iWatch launch, bringing staff with fashion, design, fitness, engineering and health-related sensor expertise into the iOS fold.

Shipments are estimated to total between 10 and 15 million units by the end of 2014. Reuters reports that Taiwanese manufacturer Quantas has been hired to mass produce the wearable in preparation for launch as early as October.

The publication's sources say that Apple aims to overcome a criticism of smartwatches currently on the market, which is they do not provide functionality or features far beyond what today's smartphones already offer.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the Cupertino, Calif.-based firm would enter "exciting new product categories" this year as some critics have lamented the lack of new, innovative products on show. If Apple does enter the smartwatch category — already containing Pebble, Nike, Google and Samsung to name but a few — it will face stiff competition. Some gadgets on the market focus on measuring physical activity, whereas other watches act as fitness trackers and connect to mobile devices, giving users updates and notifications, and allowing them to access apps.

A new product beyond the Mac, iPhone and iPad ranges, however, is likely to quell criticism, and could prove to be a lucrative revenue stream for the tech giant, as well as tap into a new customer trend.

New research released by Flurry claims that the interest in mobile fitness technology and applications has skyrocketed over the last year. The report says that there has been a 62 percent surge in health and fitness-related iOS apps hosted on the firm's platform this year, in comparison to growth of 33 percent in the overall iOS app market.

Topics: Apple, Emerging Tech, iOS

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  • 10 Sensors?

    All dedicated to health indicators?

    Blood pressure, O2 saturation, pulse, blood glucose (unlikely), temperature, steps? There, you have 6 obvious ones. Even if it could actually read all these indicators, some being more unlikely, the device cost would end-up being fairly high.

    Call me skeptic.

    Maybe this list includes non-health related readings like a light sensor and gyroscope.
    TheCyberKnight
    • Just a thought about those sensors

      As Charlie stated, the rumors (which I have also read) indicated various sizes and configurations for the mythical iWatch.

      There could very well be ten sensors available but depending on the shape or configuration, not all ten sensors could be incorporated in one iWatch design.
      kenosha77a
      • "The rumors (which I have also read) indicated various sizes and configs...

        Don't know why they would put different features on different watches. Doesn't make sense to me. What makes sense to me is making a smart watch for men, and one for women, and maybe even one for kids, which is something all current smart watch manufacturers have completely whiffed on thus far. I could also see them making different styles and colors, since when it comes to fashion it is essential, which again, all other smart watch makers have completely whiffed on.
        Maha888
    • "the device cost would end-up being fairly high"

      When has price deterred people from buying Apple?
      Maha888
  • How many years now have we been

    hearing about the rumored upcoming iWatch?
    baggins_z
  • LIKE!

    What I like about gadgets nowadays r gadget companies is they really develop a cool gadget and at the same time very concerned about each users health or the existence of health applications. Its just having a cool phone gadget or what and monitoring your health in just one screen.
    catherinej02