iWatch may be delayed until 2015

Ellen Wu
20 August, 2014
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iWatch-october-macworld-australiaApple’s highly anticipated ‘iWatch’ may be delayed until 2015 due to manufacturing and software issues according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo said “as Apple’s first attempt at a wearable device” the iWatch was a “much higher level of difficulty for the company”.

The wearable device allegedly integrates the iOS 8 HealthKit operating system allowing the wrist-worn accessory to track and analyse health and fitness data using over 10 sensors.

With a $300 price tag the iWatch is expected to feature sapphire crystal cover glass and a curved AMOLED display built by LG Display, all of which is allegedly contributing to the delay.

“Developing the hardware and OS of iWatch will be a much more difficult task than for Apple’s existing products,” Kuo said in a July report. “The iWatch has a much smaller form factor with higher waterproof standards than other highly advanced Apple devices.”

Most KGI reports are based on its analysts’ talks with Asian suppliers that make components for Apple’s gadgets.

Kuo has personally predicted Apple’s future product plans with reasonable accuracy, however is less precise on release schedules and availability of Apple products.

For example he correctly predicted Apple’s entire spring 2012 lineup including information on Apple’s more affordable iMac which was released in Autumn.

But Kuo originally suggested the iWatch was set to debut in the September quarter and has been pushing back that predicted date due to internal delays at Apple.

His report contrasts with Re/code’s John Paczkowski’s comments in June about a ‘wearable device’ being debuted at an Apple October event.    

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