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iWatch Release Could Be Delayed Until Next Year, Analyst Says

by Jacob Kleinman | August 19, 2014August 19, 2014 2:00 pm PST

Everyone is holding their breath for Apple’s big step into wearable technology, but it looks like we may have to wait longer than we’d hoped for the rumored iWatch. The latest report from KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) maintains that the device won’t actually hit the market until 2015 as Apple struggles to perfect new hardware and software for the upcoming smartwatch.

An earlier July report from the noted Apple analyst made the same basic argument and a little over a month later Kuo’s predictions haven’t changed. He’s still convinced the iWatch is in development though, and writes that “the advantages of the design and business model behind it are difficult to copy.” Unfortunately that means the alleged smartwatch may not even make an appearance until early next year, despite Apple’s promise of “new product categories” in 2014.

Even if Apple doesn’t release the iWatch until 2015 that doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t see the new device unveiled this fall. The Cupertino company has announced a few products ahead of their release date in the past, most notably revealing the original iPhone a full six months before it hit the market. Excitement over Apple’s first smartwatch may not be as high as it was before the iPhone made its debut, but with pressure building from fans and competitors alike the company may have no choice but to show the world an unfinished iWatch this fall.

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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...

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