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Apple’s iWatch Could Start Mass Production in November Says Analyst

A new research note released by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple’s iWatch could start mass production in late November, reports MacRumors. The watch is said to be proving difficult to manufacture based on its complex technologies, hence the delayed timeline:

We believe developing the hardware and OS of iWatch will be a much more difficult task than for Apple’s existing products.

New hardware making up the iWatch could include a flexible AMOLED screen and a sapphire crystal cover, all packed into a smaller device that is said to have the latest waterproofing standards. Also, Kuo says Apple may be having difficulty adapting iOS to the smaller screen.

Almost a year ago, reports were already mentioning Apple’s iWatch was running into delays related to “hard engineering problems they’ve not been able to solve,” thus the reason for the company’s aggressive hiring spree, said the Financial Times.

When the analyst released Apple’s 2014 product roadmap, the iWatch was predicted to be released in the third quarter of this year.

Back in the beginning of June however, Re/code reported its sources told them the iWatch is slated for October, but of course things can change between now and then.

Can a rumoured product actually be delayed? Well, in Apple’s case it looks like that’s entirely possible, according to analysts and what they’re hearing from supply chains, such as Kuo in this case. If the iWatch launches in limited quantities, it’ll just drive pent up demand even higher.

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  • Al

    The iWatch will run iOS – or a form of it? I don’t think so.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    ?

    it seems obvious it would, why is this so unbelievable man?

  • bbbwww

    Yes, the iWatch will run iOS…
    iPad, iPhone, iPod….seems to be a pattern there.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    even apple tv runs on a version of ios

  • Al

    LOL… You’re comparing a TV interface to a watch?!

    Even Devices like an iPod aren’t a valid comparison. Does the Nano run iOS? Nope. iOS and the iWatch UI literally won’t fit. Logically, it’s a watch with data output and minimal physical user input options. iOS, even a variant, would create excessive system demands and would be overkill from a UI perspective.

    Nope… I’m pretty confident that Apple will develop an OS specific to the iWatch.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    “LOL… You’re comparing a TV interface to a watch?!”

    no not at all actually i didnt even mention interface, were talking os here, odd that you would laugh at that then turn around and compare the os in a smart watch to a nano

    were talking about a variant of ios, which will be specific to the iwatch, but no doubt will be birthed out of ios

  • Al

    I didn’t compare the os in a smart watch to the nano. Not even remotely! You’re just being argumentative for the hell of it. I provided valid insight as to why iOS doesn’t make sense. If you want to debate this, give me PRACTICAL, well thought out reasons why a variation of iOS makes sense in a Watch.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    “You’re just being argumentative for the hell of it”

    and like that your barking in a mirror, take the foot off the abrassive pad man ive done nothing to warrant being sucked into this vortex

    peace out

  • Al

    you said “[I] compared the os in a smart watch to a nano”. You lied. Don’t try to make yourself look like a saint. Try actually READING what other people post before throwing in ridiculous, unhelpful comments.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    allrighty, you started out claiming i compared interfaces, which i didnt

    you then asked “Does the Nano run iOS?”, which is using the nano as a baseline for pointing out why the iwatch wont (in otherwords making a comparison to prove your point)

    dont reply to me again and ill reciprocate respectfully in kind

    have a happy life