Re/code, the website recently founded by former Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walt Mossberg, reported on Wednesday that Apple will unveil a wearable device on September 9, at an event that was originally scheduled as the public debut of the new iPhone 6. The report did not confirm whether the device will be a smartwatch, which has been the subject of months of speculation and is already commonly referred to as the iWatch by Apple enthusiasts.
What Re/code does say is that the device, whatever its nature, will heavily emphasize Apple's two new application programming interfaces: HealthKit, which will track the wearer's physical activity and the health effects thereof, and HomeKit, designed to connect with programmed household devices in what is meant to be a big step forward in the area of home automation. The two interfaces have been available to developers for some time, with the goal being that they work on apps that will integrate perfectly with the wider platform.
The wearable device is just a part of what Apple vice president Eddy Cue called "the best product pipeline that I've seen in my 25 years" at the company. That pipeline includes the aforementioned iPhone 6, two new operating systems (OS X Yosemite for desktops and laptops and iOS 8 for mobile) that have already been released to developers and, according to the most recent reports, a 12.9-inch iPad which will land in early 2015.
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