We’ve been hearing rumors about the purported iWatch for quite some time, and it’s starting to look like we’ll be getting nothing but rumors or quite some time to come. According to a new report from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple may delay the launch of their purported wearable device until 2015 because of the issues related to the production of the device.
We reiterate our view that iWatch, as compared to existing products, and as Apple’s (US) first attempt at a wearable device, represents a much higher level of difficulty for the company as regards component and system design, manufacturing and integration between hardware and software. While we are positive on iWatch and believe that the advantages of the design and business model behind it are difficult to copy, we think, given the aforementioned challenges, that the launch could be postponed to 2015.
Kuo mentions the design of the iWatch, along with its components, create hurdles in the production process. Kuo stated last month that Apple will begin mass production of the device in November for 2015 launch. It’s just speculation, of course, but Kuo has a decent track record of predicting about Apple product releases.
Several rumors hint that Apple will announce the highly anticipated iWatch in October, but there’s no official confirmation about it at the moment. Apple could showcase it in October and not ship it for a few months, as there’s precedent with the Mac Pro which saw a six month gap between its announcement and availability.