Apple (AAPL) is expected to finally release its iOS take on the smartwatch, the so-called “Apple iWatch” in October. The anticipation that the smartphone and consumer electronics juggernaut would enter the wearables market has already had an impact.
Nike (NKE) wound down development of its Nike Fuelband — one of the better-known wearables — in favor of software development in a move that was widely attributed to getting while the getting was good.
But the Apple iWatch is going to have a lot more competition in October than it would have had earlier this year.
Google (GOOG) is pushing for smartwatch domination with its new Android Wear operating system and smartwatches from its hardware partners are on sale now, or will be in coming weeks. The iWatch will face much tougher competition for consumer dollars.
Here are five of the smartwatch alternatives likely to give the Apple iWatch a fight come October.