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iWatch Mass Production Might Start in November

Thus far, rumors have pointed to Fall 2014 as the potential launch date of Apple's rumored iWatch, with some analysts predicting September as the likely launch window for the device and others reporting mass production would begin in July. KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo had predicted that the iWatch would enter mass production in late September, but is now revising his prediction to late November instead, due to the difficulties of the project.

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Traditional watch-style iWatch concept based on TRIWA's Havana Nevil Brown watch, by Gábor Balogh
We believe developing the hardware and OS of iWatch will be a much more difficult task than for Apple’s existing products.
Kuo points out that the iWatch uses many new hardware technologies, like a flexible AMOLED screen, a sapphire crystal cover and a much smaller form factor with higher waterproof standards than other highly advanced Apple devices. Additionally, Kuo notes that redesigning iOS for the iWatch may also be proving a difficult challenge for Apple.

Apple has reportedly been aiming to debut the iWatch at an October event, and has recently hired former Nike FuelBand team members and TAG Heuer's sales director leading up to the expected launch. While there aren't any reports on what the actual device may look like, there have been reports that there could be "multiple versions", which could include watches with up to 10 sensors and a 2.5-inch screen. Apple has also been meeting with athletes to test out the device's fitness capabilities.

With Apple aiming to debut the iWatch in October, it's likely the Cupertino company launches the device well after its debut when production is in full swing, similar to the launch of the Mac Pro. Alternatively, Apple could launch the iWatch in limited quantities and increasing them once production fully ramps up.

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10 weeks ago
*ships 1 iWatch on December 31, 2014*
"Made it!" -Tim Cook
Rating: 21 Votes
10 weeks ago
Analyst: "July manufacturing, for a September release, for sure!"
(Now where is my pay check?)
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Mid-July...
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Analyst: Oh umm is it July already? Well I don't want to admit that my guess was wrong.... "Apple is obviously having difficulties. November for sure!"
(Now where is my paycheck? Love my job.)
Rating: 12 Votes
10 weeks ago

There goes that exciting new thing for 2014 cook talked about.


This year has been a snoozefest for Apple aside from iOS 8 / Yosemite .

Really hope they announce some exciting stuff .
Rating: 10 Votes
10 weeks ago
iWatch mass production may start in November. Or it may not.
Rating: 8 Votes
10 weeks ago
There goes that exciting new thing for 2014 cook talked about.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 weeks ago
If Steve Jobs were alive and healthy, we'd probably see it released in 2014... and iPhones would launch in June.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 weeks ago

There goes that exciting new thing for 2014 cook talked about.


Yes because Ming Chi Kuo has access to Apple product release dates. Give me a break. He's just guessing like everyone else.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 weeks ago

Analyst: "July manufacturing, for a September release, for sure!"
(Now where is my pay check?)
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Mid-July...
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Analyst: Oh umm is it July already? Well I don't want to admit that my guess was wrong.... "Apple is obviously having difficulties. November for sure!"
(Now where is my paycheck? Love my job.)


To be fair to the guy, he's usually right -- and probably the most reliable Apple analyst around at the moment. It's also very possible that earlier this year Apple was planning to start manufacturing in July and a few months later decided that what they had isn't quite good enough and needed to cook a little longer (edit: no pun intended... seriously).

This is the first major new category of product from Apple since the iPad, and you only get one chance to make a first impression. They can't just release a healthband or notification pusher for your wrist; they need to bring something to the table that blows Android Wear away.

If they release something that's merely "okay" rather than category-defining, we'll have a good 12-18 months of "Apple is doomed" stories from the media.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 weeks ago
If this rendering, which I know is just speculation, is anywhere close to the final product... Do not want.

I much prefer the bracelet wrap-around style sometimes shown here.
Rating: 5 Votes
10 weeks ago

If Steve Jobs were alive and healthy, we'd probably see it released in 2014... and iPhones would launch in June.


Believe me, I wish he were alive and healthy so that these annoying comments would stop.
Rating: 5 Votes

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