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Apple readies three iWatches, 12.9in iPad for 2014 release

Firm plans multiple smartwatches including top-end sapphire version
Wed Jul 16 2014, 10:40
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APPLE REPORTEDLY WILL RELEASE three variants of the iWatch this year, along with a 12.9in iPad.

So says a report out of Taiwan, which claims that Apple will release three versions of its rumoured smartwatch device - a 1.6in model, a 1.8in model, and a top-end 1.8in model with a sapphire display.

If a recently leaked video of the iPhone 6's purported sapphire display is legitimate, this suggests that Apple's top of the line smartwatch's screen will be "impossible to scratch".

The same source claims that the all three iWatch models will be released in the third quarter, likely along with the iPhone 6 in September.

The source doesn't reveal any further details about Apple's upcoming smartwatch device(s), but previous speculation has suggested that the iWatch will feature iOS 8, a heart rate monitor, a 250mAh battery and "10 different sensors" focused on health and fitness. Pricing and availability details are still unknown, although the iWatch is almost certain to be on Apple Store shelves in time for Christmas.

However, a smartwatch isn't all Apple has up its sleeve, according to the report, which claims that the firm is still planning to release a 12.9in iPad, likely to be named the iPad Pro. If the speculation is to be believed, this will also make its debut before the year is out.

Not much else is known about Apple's so-called iPad Pro yet, beyond the fact that it will make use of touch sensors supplied by TPK. However, with Apple having announced a partnership with IBM today, it's likely that the device, if it exists, will be one of the first to arrive with the firms' enterprise apps. µ

 

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