iWatch: Guesses, Theories, and Unknowns

Source: iWatch Concept by Todd Hamilton

It looks like we finally have a (more or less definite) launch date for Apple’s next major new product: the iWatch. Re/code’s John Paczkowski reported on Wednesday that Apple plans to unveil a wearable device, widely thought to be the iWatch, at a September 9 event alongside the new iPhone 6. Paczkowski wrote that the device “will, predictably, make good use of Apple’s HealthKit health and fitness platform. It will also — predictably – make good use of HomeKit, the company’s new framework for controlling connected devices — though it’s not clear how broadly or in what way.”

A September 9 announcement would have Apple unveiling the wearable device earlier than most analysts have expected. Many, including Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, anticipated that the potential iWatch wouldn’t be announced until after the new iPhone 6 models are launched, perhaps in October. While it’s been widely reported that Apple is working on a wearable device, and the tech community has been calling it the iWatch for quite some time now, Apple itself hasn’t officially said anything on the matter. So what should we expect?

Though we don’t really definitively know what the iWatch will look like, what it will do, how much it will cost, or what it will need to work — as Quartz’s Dan Frommer points out – there’s been no shortage of speculation from analysts and bloggers alike to fill in the blanks. (For an idea of the extent of the rumors, reports, and concept art, take a look at roundups like MacRumorsiWatch page or CNET’s collection of rumors.)