Consensus was that the Apple iWatch would launch later this year, but a reasonably well-respected analyst has thrown a spanner in the works of expectation.
KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that the Apple iWatch won’t land until late 2014. Say what?
Kuo goes absolutely nuts with Apple iWatch rumours, covering everything from mass production dates, to specs, to why Apple is going with a smartwatch instead of glasses.
Kuo begins: “Apple may not have adequate resources to develop an iWatch version of iOS because it may require big changes to iPhone and iPad iOS this year.
“In addition, wearable device components aren’t mature. For these reasons, we think mass production of the iWatch is more likely to begin in 2H14, not 2H13 as the market speculates.”
As for Apple going down the smartwatch route (as opposed to something like Google Glass), Kuo observes that the iPhone has numerous wristband-style accessories, not to mention Apple’s many curved screen patents.
In terms of Apple iWatch specs, Kuo reckons the display will be in the 1.5-2in arena, vaguely corresponding with a story earlier this week suggesting that the 1.5in iWatch was already in testing.
We’re also told to expect a focus on biometrics for “more convenient user identification”, alongside a range of iWatch health care applications.
With most other Apple iWatch rumours suggesting a late 2013 release date, we’ll take this story with a pinch of salt for now.
It’s generally accepted that Apple has to pull something out the bag soonish, having released nothing this year, and with the next iPhone probably being a minor variant of the iPhone 5.