According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the much anticipated launch of Apple’s “iWatch” could be delayed into 2015. Kuo claims that difficulties with manufacturing the new device will likely be the cause of the delay:

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, who has a good track record when it comes to Apple product releases, previously reported that Apple’s yet to be announced wearable would enter mass production from late-September to late November. His last report also detailed some components to expect on the device including a flexible AMOLED display, a sapphire coated display cover, higher waterproof standards, and new system-on-a-chip components.

The latest reports from ReCode and others claim that Apple is planning to introduce its much rumored iWatch device in October.

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30 Responses to “KGI says iWatch/iBand launch could be pushed to 2015”

  1. Eli Matar says:

    Enough already with the iWatch crap.


  2. Robert Nixon says:

    I wish you guys would quit using this godawful mockup for every iWatch article. That thing is absolutely hideous.


    • Yeah that’s the most hideous thing I’ve ever seen. Whoever the graphics designer was that made that, they should be barred from ever doing graphics design again. A 5 year old could make something better than that. Moreover they put a sim tray in it and even a moron knows they won’t have a SIM card in the iWatch.


  3. jrox16 says:

    My money is on a late 2014 unveiling, early 2015 on-sale.


  4. chrisl84 says:

    Guess those exciting new products in the pipeline for the fall were an iPhone (shocking) and Beats headphones….But just wait until the 2015 pipeline, Apple TV and iWatch baby! Oh, it will be delayed again then too….


  5. I feel like each time a rumor begins to not add up, they say “production issues” delayed it. -__-


  6. RP says:

    This is a product that must come out of the gate perfect and with plenty of apps out of 4he box. There is far far more at stake not having it perfect than meeting an arbitrary, imaginary made-up dead line by an analyst.
    It looks like its going to be a pretty complex gadget. They will not announce it until its ready.


  7. This is the reason given for ever BS rumour about a new Apple product not making it out by the time they claim it’ll be out. Also how can something that has no release date be delayed?


  8. kimxotjd020 says:

    But didn’t Tim promise to launch a new-category product this year?


  9. Jason Sims says:

    I’m sick of hearing that the watch is delayed, either come out with the watch or don’t apple, if I don’t hear that it gets at least announced this year I’m just gonna sell out and get a pebble watch, or something similar


  10. Carlos Shabo says:

    Im calling it now. when the iWatch debuts they will kill of the Nano. it will look like a 6th gen Nano with a curved screen for your wrist. it will be incredibly thin with no buttons on the face, only on the sides. Maybe even call it an iWatch Nano.

    i personally would love if they called it the Apple iQ.


  11. It seems odd to me that even at this late stage (late this year/early next year) not one leaked peak at a case or component is anywhere to be seen. In iPad and iPhone terms we would have seen plenty of real or so called blurry images of something at least. The mockups are not based on anything so why even bother.


  12. gassan16 says:

    I’m tired of this


  13. I think they’ll wait until there are a good amount of notification widgits designed & proven out since that’s ultimately what they’re for. I’m thinking next spring at the earliest.


    • That’s what they’re for? BAHAHAH embarrassing you still don’t know what they’re for. They’re for biometrics. The only reason they made this device is for biometrics. They literally wouldn’t have made it if they couldn’t do something useful on it’s own—biometrics. God damn people are clueless. It’s actually astounding.


  14. It amazes me how some of you get riled up over rumors and speculations.