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The iWatch could be here sooner than you think

When is Apple’s smart wearable finally going to make an appearance? Last we heard it was going to be December, but that’s old news — now the consensus is that it could be here as early as next month. Prominent Apple blogger John Gruber suggested as much in a post, though he quickly dismissed the prediction as “a joke” on Twitter.

To begin at the beginning, Gruber posted a comment about the Moto 360 on his Daring Fireball blog that ended: “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.” This sent the tech rumor engine into overdrive, as most previous predictions were much later than September.

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Apple has already scheduled an event for September 9 at which the company is widely expected to launch the iPhone 6. Bringing out the iWatch on stage as well really would be a surprise bonus, and when someone as well-connected as John Gruber pitches in, you have to sit up and take notice.

Gruber later attempted to pour cold water on his prediction. “I have no idea whether Apple is planning wrist thing for September or October, just making a joke,” he tweeted. A  later tweet did suggest that a device is almost certainly “imminent” as far as he is concerned. It may not seem like much, but for serious Apple watchers, it’s an interesting titbit of speculation.

If you’ve been stacking up your savings in anticipation of an iWatch launch then it looks like you won’t have too much longer to wait. Thanks to an increasing number of leaks from Cupertino it seems that we’ll be looking at a fitness-focused smartband that uses a flexible AMOLED display made from sapphire crystal.

[Image: iWatch concept design by Martin Hajek]