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Apple will launch iWatch alongside iPhone 6 on 9 September

Apple is going to unveil its much talked about smartwatch alongside the iPhone 6 in under a fortnight (opens in new tab).

Yes, this is quite a surprise, and we thought we'd have heard more about a potential iWatch launch before it was just around the corner – but apparently Apple has only just changed its mind, and switched away from an October reveal for the piece of wristwear, according to Re/code (opens in new tab).

So come 9 September, we will see both the 4.7in and 5.5in phablet iPhones, and the "just one more thing" will be the iWatch (or whatever it ends up being called, of course; iTime is another name (opens in new tab) which has been mentioned in the past).

Re/code also notes that the smartwatch will use Apple's new HealthKit platform, although the gadget having a fitness slant is no surprise – though it will also employ HomeKit (opens in new tab) in some manner. That's Apple's smart home system, so could potentially mean the watch will be used to control the temperature of your central heating, light switches and so forth (providing you have the compatible hardware installed, naturally).

Related: Apple smartwatch will boast sapphire glass, along with expensive iPhone 6 models (opens in new tab)

There's no two ways about it, though – the 9 September event is going to be a massive launch for Apple with all these devices lurking behind the curtain.

As to when we might see the smartwatch (which is expected to carry a sapphire display) hit shelves, the last we heard was that the device would begin mass production in November (opens in new tab), so we could be looking at a pre-Christmas launch. That would seem a sensible target in terms of selling gadgets at Xmas, and also makes sense given that they've brought the iWatch reveal forward.

Please note: The above image is a concept drawing only. No official press shots of the iWatch have yet been released.

Darren Allan
Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.