While the iWatch is expected to be unveiled in October, it may actually not launch until well after that time frame, as production is now said to start in November because of manufacturing difficulties.
This essentially means that Apple’s smartwatch is getting delayed by a few months. Originally, it was said that the wearable would begin production at some point in July, with a release in September or October, but it’s possible that it may be pushed back.
KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo predicted that the iWatch would enter production in late September with a release for October, but Kuo is now saying that production will likely get moved to late November because of the difficulties of the manufacturing process.
The iWatch will most likely contain a lot of new technology and parts that have barely been out on the market, including flexible OLED displays, sapphire glass, and a myriad of sensors. Kuo also notes that redesigning iOS for the iWatch is proving to be a difficult task for Apple.
This new timetable doesn’t mean that Apple will postpone the announcement of the iWatch, as Kuo predicts that a September or October unveiling is still in the cards, but the company will likely shift to a late release timeline, similar to that of the Mac Pro. The Mac Pro was announced and unveiled at WWDC last year in June 2013, but it wasn’t launched until December, which was over six months later. It’s possible the iWatch could see a similar launch schedule.
While we’re taking these iWatch rumors with a grain of salt, Kuo has been one of the most reliable analysts recently, so we wouldn’t be surprised if his educated predictions ended up being correct.
The iWatch has been one of the most-rumored Apple devices of this year, right alongside the iPhone 6 and new iPads that we will also most likely see pop up in the fall. Apple has been very quiet about its upcoming product line, but we’ve already heard a few hints about the iWatch from Apple employees.
You might remember when some “lower-level employees” from Apple anonymously mentioned the development of the Apple smartwatch and described CEO Tim Cook’s level of involvement, saying that the company’s CEO isn’t all too involved with the iWatch in the first place, leaving that kind of responsibility to other executives.
Having Apple employees themselves talk about upcoming projects is a huge leak, and while they could be subtly poking fun at the media circus surrounding the latest Apple rumors by mentioning a “smartwatch,” (similar to how Tim Cook jokingly said the company was working on an iRing), it wouldn’t be surprising if they were actually telling the truth.
As for other rumors of the iWatch that have been reported in the recent past, there are claims that it will sport a curved OLED display and run a modified version of iOS 8. A display like this wouldn’t be far-fetched, but an earlier rumor suggests that the iWatch will have a circular display. We highly doubt that the iWatch will sport both a circular and curved display, so we’re taking both reports with a grain of salt, but either one sounds rather logical at this point, although a 2.5-inch (the rumored size) rounded display would be a bit too large, so we’ll really just have to wait and see.
The good news is, other rumors say that multiple models of the iWatch will be built and will come in different screen sizes to fit different sizes of wrists. However, we still don’t know what this thing will look like, and while we’ve seen a ton of renders, we’ll simply just have to wait until the official announcement in order to see what it will truly look like.