While reputable rumors recently suggested that Apple would be announcing its iWatch on September 9 during its iPhone 6 event, the smartwatch may actually not launch to the public until next year.
Re/Code reported earlier this week that the iWatch would be revealed during the iPhone 6 event, but the website has now added that the watch is still planned for a 2015 release. If you recall, past rumors have suggested that Apple’s wearable device would release in early 2015 at some point, with production beginning on November most likely.
Unfortunately, further details weren’t provided, but it looks like the iWatch will miss this year’s holiday season. We’re guessing that the company was planning to have it out in time for the holiday shopping season, but we wouldn’t be surprised if CEO Tim Cook and company decided to delay it due to production woes and difficulties, as that seems to also have been the case with the iPhone 6 as of late, but Apple’s latest smartphone will still most likely be announced on September 9, which Apple has officially penciled in.
In any case, this type of release timeline will be similar to a couple of past products from Apple. It will be an approach similar to that of the release of the Mac Pro, which didn’t launch to the public until over six months from its announcement date. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Cupertino-based company was take a similar approach with the iWatch, announcing it next month and not releasing it until next year at some point when it’s ready.
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. Plus, redesigning iOS for the iWatch may prove to be a difficult task for Apple.
While we’re taking these iWatch rumors with a grain of salt, Re/Code has been one of the most reliable sources for rumors, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple did end up announcing the iWatch next month, but not releasing it until next year. Plus, a little tease from the company would drive people wild anyway.
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 about 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 large, so we’ll really just have to wait and see.