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iWatch Release Could Arrive a Bit Later than Expected, Analyst Says

by Jacob Kleinman | July 11, 2014July 11, 2014 7:00 am PST

We’re still not sure exactly what to expect from the long-rumored iWatch, but a new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims to shed some light on the company’s plans. Kuo has a pretty decent track record when it comes to leaking Apple’s plans, though he’s not always the most reliable when it comes to predicting the timing of its big releases.

Earlier this year Kuo predicted the iWatch could launch around September alongside the iPhone 6 and a new Apple TV model. Now the noted tech analyst is revising his predictions to claim the device won’t enter mass production until November. Kuo’s also reduced his predicted number of shipments by 40 percent down to three million units.

Finally, Kuo offers a few more predictions for what to expect from the iWatch, which will apparently offer a flexible AMOLED display with a protective layer of sapphire glass on top. He also claims the device will be waterproof, which makes sense since the device is expected to put an emphasis on exercise. Kuo also says the iWatch will offer new processor components, likely referring to any extra sensors Apple is planning to include with the device.

It’s still too soon to know anything for sure when it comes to the iWatch, though Kuo’s predictions for what to expect from the device feel pretty safe. As for the timing of its release we’re still hoping Apple will unveil its first wearable device this September, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see the smartwatch delayed by a month or two.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...