Wearable Tech World Feature Article
July 16, 2014

Make Room On Your Wrist: Three New iWatches May Arrive

It was enough for some that Apple was looking to get in on the wearable technology trend, and those folks got just about all that could be asked for with the upcoming release of the iWatch. But for those who aren't getting enough Apple wearable tech out of one iWatch, then perhaps three iWatches will do the job. That's the word out of Economic Daily, a Chinese media firm that's describing not just one new iWatch, but three of the devices when the product actually makes its launch, expected by the end of the year.

The word currently suggests that two of the iWatch models will look fairly similar, with 1.8 inch displays, while a third version will come in just slightly smaller at a 1.6 inch display.  But even in the similarly-sized models, there will be some fairly clear differences. For instance, one of the 1.8 inch models will boast a sapphire crystal display, which is actually the same material that was said to be going into the iPhone 6's own display, and is already reportedly put to use in several breeds of luxury watch face. As for the watch band, there's no word on whether the band will come in different sizes as well, or if only the screen offers variant versions. This is also somewhat conflicting with earlier reports that suggested the iWatch would boast a common 2.5 inch screen, and not necessarily in multiple versions.

That's pretty big news by itself, but the Chinese report continued dropping bombshells, noting that the three versions of iWatch even had a planned launch date, and would be arriving in the third quarter of 2014. But given that many reports put the launch as somewhere in October or November, the Chinese report might have jumped the gun as the third quarter concludes in September.

The nature of Apple releases has long been one of leak, counter-leak, and eventual synthesis, in which Apple finally reveals the true nature of the products in question. Apple's comparatively taciturn nature when it comes to early product leakage, meanwhile, generally fuels speculation, but often results in much of the speculation not completely bearing true by the end of it all.  It will be interesting to see just how accurate the Chinese report was when the iWatch finally makes its appearance.

But beyond the iWatch, there's the very nature of wearable tech in general to consider. Coming up on July 23 and 24 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, the Wearable Tech Expo will take place, running down some of the biggest names and events in the wearable technology field. One panel set to take place Thursday, July 24, will address the iWatch and its assorted contemporaries in the field accordingly. Called “Wrist Reform: The Smart Watch Dilemma,” the panel features HZO's chief sales and marketing officer Sergio Leveratto, South West Asia Samsung's director and head of media and cloud services Tarun Malik and Yankee Group analyst Ryan Martin. The panel will examine why smart watches have done so well in the field so far, and where the future of smart watches should go in a bid to maintain that control.

Smartwatches are a big deal, and when Apple gets involved the excitement only climbs from there. Still, the end result should be particularly exciting either way, and is likely a field that has technology enthusiasts deeply anticipating the resolution of current issues.

Want to learn more about the latest in wearable technology? Be sure to attend Wearable Tech Expo, July 23 & 24 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.  Stay in touch with everything happening at the event -- follow us on Twitter.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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