KGI Analyst Kuo Says Apple’s iWatch May Not Launch Until 2015

KGI Analyst Kuo Says Apple’s iWatch May Not Launch Until 2015

A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicates Apple may be planning to delay the launch of its “iWatch” until 2015. Kuo believes that manufacturing difficulties will cause Apple to delay the launch of the wearable device.

iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton
iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton

Kuo, via MacRumors:

We reiterate our view that iWatch, as compared to existing products, and as Apple’s (US) first attempt at a wearable device, represents a much higher level of difficulty for the company as regards component and system design, manufacturing and integration between hardware and software. While we are positive on iWatch and believe that the advantages of the design and business model behind it are difficult to copy, we think, given the aforementioned challenges, that the launch could be postponed to 2015.

Kuo predicted in July that mass production on the iWatch would begin in November, with maybe only 3 million devices going out the door before the end of 2014. Kuo has mentioned the iWatch’s small form factor, flexible AMOLED screen, and sapphire display cover as factors contributing to the delay.

Kuo seems to be slightly uncertain about the launch delay. Although he has a fairly solid track record on Apple rumors, he has been incorrect in the past.

Numerous rumors have suggested the iWatch will contain multiple health and fitness sensors that will measure calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood oxygen levels, and more. The device is expected to integrate both with the iOS 8 Health app and third-party apps, and may be available in multiple sizes and at multiple price points.

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