Thanks to the rife speculation regarding the iPhone 6, the burst of iWatch-related fanfare we found ourselves caught up in earlier this year has largely died down. But despite being consumed by the prospect of two larger handsets out of Cupertino later on this year, we’ve still a keen eye out for Apple’s first wearable, and if you were hoping to get your hands on the device at launch, new reports of delays and production issues suggest that you might have a hard time in doing so.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is always at the forefront of Apple’s major product releases, production of the iWatch has been pushed back, and while this means that the release will arrive later than the previously projected October time-frame, Kuo also suggests that these production delays will have a knock-on effect on the number of units available to early adopters.
Specific details pertaining to the iWatch have been very much at a premium, and even though reports as far back as last year suggested that Apple had a team of more than 100 staff working on bringing a smartwatch to market, we’ve since only had tidbits of scattered, often conflicting information.
Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple is having some troubles with what is an entirely new project, both inside and out. The company has never made a product like it before, and even though the software, like Google’s Android Wear, is set to be loosely based on the current iOS, the iWatch team is still encountering difficulties in completing the task.
The consensus was that the iWatch would appear in October, but Kuo reckons that, in fact, production will commence from November ahead of a holiday release. Moreover, even though it was suggested that Apple would ship 10 million units of the iWatch by the end of the year, a figure of 3 million, as offered by Kuo, seems a more likely one.
With reports suggesting that the iWatch will, for example, include a flexible AMOLED display among other components that Apple is unfamiliar with, these technical hitches were perhaps to be expected, and hopefully, we can bring you some more positive iWatch-related news in the near future.
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