Earlier this summer, rumors about Apple working on a smartwatch have started hitting the blogosphere pretty hard. At that time, these rumors were suggesting that the mysterious gadget will hit the shelves by the end of the year, in order to compete with the Sony SmartWatch 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear. But, as you already know, it did not happen, and more recent rumors have suggested that the wearable Apple accessory will actually go on sale in 2014, at an estimated price of $199.
Anyway, we’ve now stumbled across new bits of information regarding Apple’s plans on that front, and if these rumors are correct, the Cupertino giant has already tested two iWatch prototypes. Join us below and learn what the sources are saying regarding the device’s release, and more.
Apple iWatch Release Date: October 2014, Boasts Wireless Charging Capabilities
Ctech is a pretty well-known source of information that has a pretty good (some would say excellent) track record when it comes to Apple-related leaks. Now, according to this source, Apple has already tested two iWatch prototypes, and the company has supposedly decided that the accessory will go on sale in October 2014 (most likely alongside the upcoming iPhone).
More so, the source also suggests that Apple still hasn’t decided on how big/small a screen they should fit on the final product. However, it appears that the testing units are being powered by a 100 mA battery, which is rather underwhelming considering the fact that the Galaxy Gear has a 315 mA battery.
Nevertheless, the gadget is still in its very early stages of development, so we can’t really draw any conclusions based on this bit of information. Apple may very well fit a different battery on the device by the time it hits the conveyor belts.
One last interesting thing we should mention is the fact that, according to the source, the Apple iWatch will offer wireless charging capabilities that will allow the wearer to recharge the battery from up to one meter away from the charging pad. This reminds us of the magnetic resonance wireless charging technology that Samsung might also plan on implementing on its future smartphones.
That’s about it for now, but stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted as soon as the story develops.