The Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that Apple will launch its iWatch in October, rather than alongside the iPhone 6 in September as has been widely expected. It’s also citing unnamed “industry sources” as saying that the watch will have a curved, OLED touchscreen and that Apple is planning on producing 3-5M units a month.

According to a parts manufacturer, it plans monthly commercial output of about 3-5 million units, which exceeds the total global sales of watch-like devices last year. This confidence is backed by its partnerships with high-profile hospitals — it has teamed up with the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic …

While the paper has a good reputation, it’s unclear how specific its information is given the general nature of much of the content in the piece – such as the references to data “such as calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood glucose and blood oxygen levels.”

The piece also claims Apple is in partnership with Nike, but again it’s weak on specifics.

According to sources familiar with the matter, the two companies have likely agreed to integrate their services in the future.

An earlier analyst report had claimed that the iWatch will have a round display. A display which is both round and curved seems unlikely, so we’re viewing both as unsubstantiated rumors. There have been multiple reports that the iWatch will be sold in two sizes, which is not mentioned in this piece.

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