Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is planning to release the iWatch wearable gadget in multiple designs and shapes with ten new first of its kind sensors to track various activities of the wearer. A version of iWatch is even said to sport a 2.5-inch rectangular curved display screen.
The recently announced HealthKit services and ten new sensors to track health and fitness activities will definitely make iWatch exclusive in the market. Everybody have their own preferences when it comes to wear a watch, some likes rectangular dial and some likes square or circular dial on their hand, and this diversity in selection has made Apple to release the iWatch in various designs.
In a profile piece ran by The New York Times on Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, several anonymous Apple employees claimed Cook had a less hands-on approach when it came to the finer details of the iWatch, instead delegating the details to different members of his executive board.
This has been an approach Cook has put in place since taking over as CEO from Steve Jobs, who previously ran the company in a very hands-on fashion. Where Jobs was passionate about the finest details on products and services, Cook has a more business and analytical focus, and cares less when it comes to refinements and design choices.
Jony Ive has been the main designer on the iWatch and has had a team of around 100 people working with him on the design. The smartwatch, which will be unveiled later this year, is said to feature a sapphire crystal curved display, which Apple has been manufacturing here in the US.
Apple has declined to comment on the article, as we expected. Tim Cook has hinted several times that new products will be in the pipeline for 2014 release, but has not specifically spoke on the iWatch. New changes on iOS8 hint to a wearable product of some kind, the HomeKit and HealthKit both offer amazing advantages to Apple for wearable integration.
The iWatch could be the crowning jewel of Apple’s products, something that really shines over the Moto 360, LG G Watch and other smartwatches on the market right now. Apple has the tools to make the finest looking product in the wearables market and as long as the integration between iPhone and smart home works, it could be a huge seller.
This needs to happen in order for Apple’s stock to turn the tide and continue to climb. Before Cook, Jobs had Apple’s stock above $700 and the company hit its peak after Cook entered, now it sits around $550. If Apple can show they have a good future ahead, it could bounce above the record Jobs set in 2011.