When John Gruber talks about Apple stuff, people tend to listen, and indeed the collective “blogosphere” (bleurgh) was whipped into a veritable frenzy with the briefest mention of the iWatch in a recent post.
Ultimately we’re told the iWatch will launch in September or October, and while that isn’t exactly a revelation, the circumstances of the prediction make for fairly amusing reading.
Gruber was primarily mocking the Motorola Moto 360, encouraged by The Verge’s article: This is how you’ll charge a Moto 360 smartwatch.
Seemingly unimpressed, Gruber quipped on Daring Fireball: “The only way this could get funnier would be if it doesn’t even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month.”
And it’s those last two words, “next month”, that set pulses racing, with the rather obvious inference being that the Apple iWatch will launch in September.
Resultantly, Señor Gruber found himself having to clarify that he was simply making a joke at the Moto 360’s expense – not predicting the iWatch launch date.
Over on twitter, John wrote: “By the way, I have no idea whether Apple is planning wrist thing for September or October, just making a joke.”
Forced to further explain his original quip, Gruber tweeted: “The joke is Apple event happening before Moto 270 even ships. Apple wearable imminent: no joke.”
And finally, in response to a tweet suggesting that we’re reading too much into Gruber’s words, and that Apple mightn’t launch an iWatch at all, John promises: “They will. I just don’t know if the date is September or October.”
The iWatch is tipped to work closely with the iPhone, so it’d certainly make sense for Apple to launch its first wearable device alongside the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 on September 9 (or thereabouts).
Having said that, it’s not clear if the iWatch is actually ready yet, and Apple is clearly in no rush despite the arrival of Android Wear devices like the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch.
Speaking of wearables, be sure to check out our brand new sister site Wareable. Or else.