“Apple Inc. is planning multiple versions of its smartwatch, likely to be launched in the fall, people familiar with the matter said,” Eva Dou and Lorraine Luk report for The Wall Street Journal. “The new wrist device from Apple will include more than 10 sensors including ones to track health and fitness, these people said. Apple aims to address an overarching criticism of existing smartwatches that they fail to provide functions significantly different from that of a smartphone, said a person familiar with the matter.”

“Apple’s smartwatch could launch as early as October with production to begin in two to three months at Quanta Computer Inc., a Taiwanese manufacturer that has long been Apple’s supplier for Mac computers, said the people familiar with the matter,” Dou and Luk report. “Quanta will begin some trial runs next month.”

“The smartwatch will likely come in multiple screen sizes, said one person familiar with the matter,” Dou and Luk report. “Another person at a component supplier said shipments of the smartwatches are estimated to total between 10 million and 15 million units by the end of this year. The exact specifications of Apple’s smartwatch are still being finalized before mass production starts, said people familiar with the matter.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David E.” for the heads up.]

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