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.