According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, we won’t be seeing the Apple iWatch until 2015 due to a delay by the company. So, why the sudden delay? Many reports have been speculating that this would happen due to the complications and difficulty in manufacturing the device.
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 has pointed out that the the iWatch’s small form factor, its use of a flexible AMOLED screen, and its sapphire display cover have all contributed to production difficulties. However, the analyst seems uncertain about the postponement of the device as he constantly uses “could” be delayed instead of “will”.
Other rumours have pointed at a October launch. Other whispers say Apple will be introducing the iWatch months before shipment starts. This wouldn’t be a new move from the company as it did the same with the Mac Pro.
We’re still waiting on Apple to comment. However, with the IFA 2014 coming up in a couple of weeks, we expect more details to at least be shared at the event.