Apple’s rumored iWatch is one of the most hotly anticipated devices in years, and the whispers keep coming. The latest report claims that Apple’s wearable will come in two sizes and debut in the third-quarter of 2014.
According to MacRumors, KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo predicts that the iWatch will be available with either a 1.3-inch or 1.5-inch flexible AMOLED display covered with a sapphire lens. Inside, the iWatch will purportedly pack biometric scanners, an NFC chip and a 200 to 250 mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities. Pricing for the iWatch, the report indicates, could reach as high as $1,000 for high-end models.
Kuo’s predicted time-frame for the iWatch’s release date matches up with a separate report that also claimed Apple’s first wearable would land in the third-quarter of this year. The same report also pegged the watch as having a sapphire lens.
If Kuo’s rumors are correct, they would signal two major changes to Apple’s hardware offerings: the use of NFC and wireless charging. Prognosticators have been suggesting that Cupertino would implement both technologies in its iPhone and iPad for years, though Apple has never done so.
In addition to his iWatch predictions, Kuo also offered his thoughts on Apple’s rumored iPhone 6, saying that the handset will come in two sizes–4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. The 4.7-inch version will reportedly sport a 1334 x 750-pixel display, while the 5.5-inch phone will feature a 1920 x 1080p screen. Both smartphones will be powered by Apple’s A8 processor and include NFC capabilities. According to Kuo, the 4.7-inch model will launch in Q3 2014, while the 5.5-inch version will hit stores in late Q4.
The analyst also claims that Apple will launch a new iPad Air and new iPad mini with Retina display in the third-quarter of 2014. Both tablets, Kuo said, will get Cupertino’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor and A8 processors. Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the analyst claims, will also hit stores this year and feature a touchpad.
Finally, Kuo says Apple will launch its new Apple TV this year complete with a new app store and motion controls, as well as new 12-inch MacBook Air with a high-resolution display.
Many of the aforementioned rumors have been floating around the Web for weeks and even months, so it’s unclear if Kuo is simply banking on those being correct, or if he has his own sources that are in tune with Apple’s product plans. We hope to learn more about Apple’s next big things starting June 2nd at the WWDC 2014 event.