Supply chain sources speaking with United Daily News (via GforGames) served more ‘evidence’ of a possible delay of the iWatch launch. The report echoes an earlier KGI Securities analyst claim, which said that Apple would only release the iWatch in 2015.
Actually, what the anonymous sources told UDN is that selected iWatch suppliers were notified to start delivering the hardware they were contracted for starting next month. The expected output is roughly 1 million units, which is in line with Ming-Chi Kuo’s July claim of only 3 million iWatch units reaching stores.
However, there is a twist: It will take another month or two for the finalized devices to hit store shelves, so — claim the sources — Apple is running out of time to launch the iWatch in 2014.
Apple was rumoured to manufacture about 10-20 million iWatch units this year, so this falls well below expectations, but — like we mentioned earlier — it is still in line with what the well-connected KGI Securities analyst claimed.
We must mention, though, that the same analyst who mentioned in July that Apple could unveil the smartwatch this year updated his report with claims that the release date was pushed back to 2015. The UDN report apparently confirms those claims.