Following Re/code’s report earlier this week that Apple will announce its wearable product (iWatch, iBand) alongside new iPhones on September 9th, Re/code now adds that the device won’t actually be available this year.
Sources in position to know tell me it won’t arrive at market for a few months. “It’s not shipping any time soon,” said one. So when does Apple plan to ship its eagerly anticipated wearable? That’s not clear, but my understanding is that we’re unlikely to see it at retail until after the holiday season — think early 2015.
Apple recently previewed another product months for its availability with the 2013 Mac Pro being shown off at WWDC last year before debuting in late December of that year.
More similar, perhaps, is the time between both the iPhone and iPad announcements and product debuts with considerable time between both also taking place.
Specifically, the iPhone was announced January 9, 2007 and went on sale June 29, 2007. The iPad was presented publicly on stage January 27, 2010 followed by a public release April 3, 2010 for WiFi models and April 30, 2010 for cellular models.
As for what to expect from Apple’s wearable product, 9to5Mac has reported extensively on the upcoming devices focus on fitness and health tracking and how technologies debuting with iOS 8 will allow it to interface with the iPhone. 9to5Mac has also heavily reported on the team behind bringing the device from product idea to a product on the market.
Earlier this month, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a report speculating that Apple’s wearable product could be released in 2015 rather than this fall.