Apple will begin production of the iWatch in July and ship it in October, according to unnamed sources cited by Reuters. Those sources also said the device will feature a 2.5-inch display with a curved surface.
The report said that Apple's device, which has been rumored for at least the last two years, will perform some functions in a standalone capacity. Phone calls and text messages, however, will require a paired iPhone. It will also have a heart rate monitor and sensors "for other health-related metrics."
Rumors about the iWatch's display have been all over the map, with 2.5-inches being on the high end of the range. We've also heard that the display will be square, rectangular, and circular. Reuters's source said it will be "slightly rectangular," protrude "slightly from the band," and be curved.
Reuters's coverage focused on the fact that Quanta will be performing some 70 percent of iWatch production. The source also told the news service that Quanta is already doing trial production runs.
The take away from that focus suggests that Reuters's source is likely in Quanta. Apple's supply chain has grown so large and so complex, it has long been impossible for the company to keep new hardware devices a secret, especially in the final few months before release. This leak has that sort of ring to it, and I find it quite credible.