Apple is definitely showing off something week after next (September 9, if you’re marking your diary), and while consensus is it’ll be the iPhone 6, some believe the Californians’ first wearable will make an appearance as a “one more thing”.
This latest rumour subscribes to that notion, but throws a wild curveball with the suggestion that it might be a further four months or more before the Apple iWatch actually goes on sale.
On Wednesday, re/code’s John Paczkowski claimed that the iWatch would debut alongside the iPhone 6, however two days later he’s back to warn that you shouldn’t put the wearable on your Christmas list.
“So that new wearable device Apple is introducing on September 9? It’s going to be a while before anyone is actually wearing it,” begins Paczkowski.
“Sources in position to know tell me it won’t arrive at market for a few months. ‘It’s not shipping anytime soon,’ said one.
“So when does Apple plan to ship its eagerly anticipated wearable? That’s not clear, but my understanding is that we’re unlikely to see it at retail until after the holiday season — think early 2015.”
While a lengthy gap between launch and release might seem decidedly un-Apple (the iPhone 6 will likely go on sale within 10 days), Paczkowski reminds us that the first-gen iPhone took six months to brew.
Furthermore, it’s likely that Apple will want to take its time getting the iWatch right. Samsung rushed out the Galaxy Gear only to admit it was “lacking” just a few weeks later, while LG is hastily following up the G Watch with the G Watch R.
That kinda stuff is all fine and well in the fast-moving world of Android, but not so much with Apple, which tends to be judged more harshly. Imagine the hullaballoo if Tim & Co launched two new wearables before Christmas? Good lawd.
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