iotpixAs Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference gets underway this week, speculation continues about whether we’ll see a preview of the long-awaited iWatch smart watch, along with more expected developments such as an update to the OS X operating system to bring it closer to resembling Apple’s mobile operating system experience. Rumors tout the iWatch as a device that will run iOS and include biometrics and health and fitness capabilities.

But even if the watch doesn’t appear until later this year, Apple’s timing is still on the right track – as is Microsoft’s fitness-focused, heart-rate monitoring smartwatch that is expected to debut this summer.

new report from technology research firm ON World that surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers finds that “wristworn devices are preferred by the majority of consumers who are most interested in a general purpose smart watch rather than dedicated fitness devices such as activity trackers and heart rate monitors.”  One in five consumers either have or are planning to purchase a wearable technology product by next year and close to one-third are likely to purchase a wearable technology within two years, it finds.

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