Rumor: iWatch coming August/September 2014

Tim Cook iWatch

We should always take reports from the Chinese Economic Daily with a pinch of salt, but today it’s reporting that Apple is prepping suppliers for delivery of iWatch components around August of this year.

“The iWatch will be manufactured by Quanta Computer, while Taiwan-based chip design house Richtek has also entered the supply chain. The device’s touch panel will be supplied by TPK, the paper noted.”

DigiTimes has a few more details, including the fact that Apple is hoping to ship more than 65 million units. Perhaps that’s an ambitious goal, or perhaps a it’s sign that Apple is hoping to price the iWatch at a low figure for mass market appeal.

In other iWatch news, AppleInsider is reporting that the device will include a UV sensor to alert the user when they’ve been exposed to the sun for a long time. Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, is quoted saying:

“These chips measure UV exposure to aid those with elevated risk of sunburn or just a general concern about excessive sun exposure, and we believe they may be of appealing [sic] to OEMs looking to differentiate in a crowded market,”