What's Up with Apple's Coming iWatch?
Several mobile IT analysts share their thoughts about what the iWatch will mean and what it will include, whenever it finally is released in the United States.No one is really sure when Apple's long-awaited iWatch smartwatch will actually be introduced by the company, or when it will be available for sale in the United States and around the world. The latest rumors call for a possible announcement on Sept. 9 at an Apple event that the company isn't even confirming at this point. That event is also rumored to be the launch event for the upcoming iPhone 6. But the lack of information about the iWatch and the lack of a schedule for its release and eventual sale certainly haven't kept the wheels of rumor and innuendo from spinning wildly. Even the industry analysts at Forrester Research got into the iWatch rumor spirit on Aug. 25 with an online newsletter post about the watch and what it will mean for Apple and for consumers. "Will the long-awaited and ballyhooed iWatch make its debut at Apple's event next month?" the Forrester newsletter asked. "If it does, Apple will position itself in the center of the expanding wearables market." J.P. Gownder, a Forrester analyst who covers wearables and mobility, told eWEEK in an Aug. 26 interview that he is already thinking that the iWatch will have a great impact when it is unveiled.
"I think that Apple is going to define wrist-based computing," said Gownder, "because they're going to create an eco-system of value. So that as you walk through the world of retailers where you like to shop at … it will reach out to the world" and interact to make purchases for you and more. The iWatch will also likely be tied into health care systems and facilities to provide information back and forth for its user, he said.