If you’re a fan of Apple, or just mobile technology in general, then chances are you’ve heard rumors of an “iWatch” from Apple. Rumors of a wearable device from the company have been floating around for years now, and we’ve yet to see any official hardware from the company. Between leaked photos, renders, specs, etc., rumors of the fabled iWatch have yet to die now. Recently, more and more reports have been pointing to the release of an iWatch at Apple’s next press event.
So, what’s the latest leak that suggests this info? According to 9To5Mac, more information regarding Apple’s HealthKit has been leaked onto the Web. For those of you that don’t know, HealthKit is a feature that will be introduced to iPhones and iPads when iOS 8 officially launches to users sometime this fall. HealthKit is Apple’s fitness hub that will display an array of fitness-centric information and content to its users, a smart move for the company has fitness and health apps are quickly becoming increasingly popular among lots of users. Why this is important, is that the new leaked info reports that HealthKit will be supported a wide array of different devices, including watches, timepieces, clocks, watch straps and a host of additional items. This information was found in a European filing just this past Monday. Here’s a more detailed look as exactly what Apple’s trademark for the iWatch in Europe covers as of right now: Horological and chronometric instruments; watches; clocks; timepieces; chronographs for use as timepieces; chronometers; watchstraps; watch bands; cases for watches, clocks, and horological and chronometric instruments; parts for watches, clocks, and horological and chronometric instruments; jewelry.
It isn’t all that surprising that Apple is looking to put a big focus on fitness with the iWatch. While health and fitness apps aren’t big with everyone, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in their popularity as wearable devices continue to pop up in the market. This information is certainly enticing, but this is all still speculation at this point in time. Last year in 2013 before the announcement of the iPhone 5S and 5C, we were all convinced that that would be the year of the iWatch, and as we know, nothing was announced regarding it. 2014 could very well be the year that Apple does introduce their first wearable device, but nothing is concrete as of yet. It would make sense for the company to do so, but we’ll have to wait and see what Apple has planned for us.
With the launch of Android Wear back in June, Google’s version of Android for wearable devices, Apple has more competition than ever. Between Android Wear, Pebble, Samsung’s host of smartwatches and other wearables that are released more and more frequently, the market is quickly becoming rather crowded. While Apple will more than likely have success with an iWatch whenever they do release it, they’ll need to really wow us and show us why their wearable platform bests the others currently available on the market.