A new report from The Wall Street Journal today is corroborating many previous rumors about Apple’s upcoming wearable, including that the device will include some form of NFC technology and will be shipping in multiple sizes. Furthermore, the report notes that Apple will also be bringing NFC to its next iPhone as seen in previous leaks, making it easier for the two devices to pair and signifying that the watch will be more than just a fitness gadget:
The gadget’s use of near-field communication, or NFC, reflects Apple’s broader ambitions for the so-called iWatch beyond health and fitness tracking, the most commonly cited use. Apple also is expected to add the wireless technology to the next versions of its iPhone, people familiar with the device said, potentially simplifying the process of connecting, or pairing, the two devices.
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Furthermore, the device will supposedly feature a curved OLED screen and ship in two sizes, notably aligning with reports this morning from KGI. And as has been very well-reported, Apple will reportedly be giving the device a health-focused bent with the inclusion of a variety of sensors for tracking fitness data:
The smartwatch would be offered in two sizes, both featuring a curved organic light-emitting diode screen, those people familiar with the device said. It will include sensors to track and monitor health and fitness data, the people said.
Finally, the WSJ has reiterated the most recently rumored timetable that Apple has set out for this device, mentioning that while the device will be announced at the company’s September 9th event next week, it likely won’t be hitting store shelves until 2015. Apple apparently targeted a November release for the device, but as recent reports suggest, it doesn’t appear the company met that goal.
Apple is expected to unveil the new phones and smartwatches at an event next week, the people familiar with the matter said. But it wasn’t clear when the new smartwatch would go on sale.
People familiar with Apple’s plans said it is unlikely that Apple will release the smartwatch this year, because the Cupertino, Calif., company is still working out engineering kinks in production. Earlier in the year, Apple had targeted a November release, these people said.
Unsurprisingly, sources for WSJ are saying that Apple will be opening pre-orders for the iWatch at some point. As for its price point, recent reports from Re/code are suggesting that the device could cost as much as $400.