Apple to reveal iWatch next month?
APPLE will unveil an "iWatch" next month, with the maker of the iPhone finally embarking on its much-rumoured foray into wearable computing, technology news website Re/code said on Wednesday.
The California technology giant is expected to merge style and innovation, along with sensors and computing power, in a wrist-worn device that links wirelessly to iPhones or iPads.
Apple is believed to be planning a Sept 9 event at which it will introduce the iWatch, along with new-generation iPhone 6 smartphones with increased screen sizes.
Forbes quoted Re/code's John Paczkowski as saying that the iWatch will "make good use of Apple's HealthKit health and fitness platform" as well as "HomeKit, the company's new framework for controlling connected devices - though it's not clear how broadly or in what way".
The company has not sent out invitations to such an event, nor - as is standard Apple practice - has it commented on reports it will even take place.
Apple's next-generation iPhones are rumoured to have screen sizes stretched to 4.7 and 5.5 inches, and to have faster processors.
The company typically updates its product cycle in the second half of the year, getting a lift from holiday sales.
Last year, it unveiled the iPhone 5s and the lower-priced iPhone 5c in September, getting record sales at the launch.
Apple is tuning a new operating system which allows for mobile payments and includes a health platform, which could mesh nicely with an "iWatch" for tracking activity, sleep, pulse and more.
The iOS8 system is expected to be in the new iPhones.