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Old Jul 10, 2014, 09:54 PM   #1
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iWatch Mass Production Might Start in November




Thus far, rumors have pointed to Fall 2014 as the potential launch date of Apple's rumored iWatch, with some analysts predicting September as the likely launch window for the device and others reporting mass production would begin in July. KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo had predicted that the iWatch would enter mass production in late September, but is now revising his prediction to late November instead, due to the difficulties of the project.

Traditional watch-style iWatch concept based on TRIWA's Havana Nevil Brown watch, by Gábor Balogh
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We believe developing the hardware and OS of iWatch will be a much more difficult task than for Apple's existing products.
Kuo points out that the iWatch uses many new hardware technologies, like a flexible AMOLED screen, a sapphire crystal cover and a much smaller form factor with higher waterproof standards than other highly advanced Apple devices. Additionally, Kuo notes that redesigning iOS for the iWatch may also be proving a difficult challenge for Apple.

Apple has reportedly been aiming to debut the iWatch at an October event, and has recently hired former Nike FuelBand team members*and TAG Heuer's sales director*leading up to the expected launch. While there aren't any reports on what the actual device may look like, there have been reports that there could be "multiple versions", which could include watches with up to 10 sensors and a 2.5-inch screen. Apple has also been meeting with athletes to test out the device's fitness capabilities.

With Apple aiming to debut the iWatch in October, it's likely the Cupertino company launches the device well after its debut when production is in full swing, similar to the launch of the Mac Pro. Alternatively, Apple could launch the iWatch in limited quantities and increasing them once production fully ramps up.

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Old Jul 10, 2014, 09:55 PM   #2
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 09:56 PM   #3
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Wouldn't Apple need time for the FCC to pass? That would push the actual release date into next year sometime. I think they have to do it for all new products like they did for the iPad and iPhone.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 09:56 PM   #4
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There goes that exciting new thing for 2014 cook talked about.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 09:57 PM   #5
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If Steve Jobs were alive and healthy, we'd probably see it released in 2014... and iPhones would launch in June.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 09:57 PM   #6
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Wouldn't Apple need time for the FCC to pass? That would push the actual release date into next year sometime. I think they have to do it for all new products like they did for the iPad and iPhone.
I don't think it needs to go to FCC. Definitely has to go to Bluetooth SIG.... but not sure about FCC.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 09:59 PM   #7
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Yea figured it would be coming earlier.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:00 PM   #8
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Mis the holiday season. Typical Tim Cook Apple. LOL.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:01 PM   #9
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:03 PM   #10
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So far it's all sunshine and rainbows.. can't wait until parts leak and I'm repulsed. It's round in my dreams and may or may not have a color screen.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:06 PM   #11
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iWatch mass production may start in November. Or it may not.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:12 PM   #12
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If this rendering, which I know is just speculation, is anywhere close to the final product... Do not want.

I much prefer the bracelet wrap-around style sometimes shown here.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:12 PM   #13
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"iWatch Production Might Start Tomorrow" Analyst Says

I am the Analyst... No seriously my business card says "Systems Analyst"

Can I please be on the front page too?

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I believe Apple knows what they're doing and will announce this new product whenever they are ready.

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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:13 PM   #14
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iWatch may ship in November

iWatch may ship in May
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:16 PM   #16
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I can't wait to get one of these strapped to my wrist. iWatch will be a truly revolutionary device that compliments our other iOS devices perfectly.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:16 PM   #17
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I can see this being a similar case to what happened with the Mac Pro. They'll announce it at the iPhone event but then they'll say something along the lines of 'coming December' or 'coming early 2015'.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:22 PM   #19
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Analyst: "July manufacturing, for a September release, for sure!"
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Mid-July...
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Analyst: Oh umm is it July already? Well I don't want to admit that my guess was wrong.... "Apple is obviously having difficulties. November for sure!"
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:25 PM   #20
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Ming Chi Kuo the Nostradamus in technology.

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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:26 PM   #21
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There goes that exciting new thing for 2014 cook talked about.
This year has been a snoozefest for Apple aside from iOS 8 / Yosemite .

Really hope they announce some exciting stuff .
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:30 PM   #22
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Analyst: "July manufacturing, for a September release, for sure!"
(Now where is my pay check?)
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Mid-July...
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Analyst: Oh umm is it July already? Well I don't want to admit that my guess was wrong.... "Apple is obviously having difficulties. November for sure!"
(Now where is my paycheck? Love my job.)
To be fair to the guy, he's usually right -- and probably the most reliable Apple analyst around at the moment. It's also very possible that earlier this year Apple was planning to start manufacturing in July and a few months later decided that what they had isn't quite good enough and needed to cook a little longer (edit: no pun intended... seriously).

This is the first major new category of product from Apple since the iPad, and you only get one chance to make a first impression. They can't just release a healthband or notification pusher for your wrist; they need to bring something to the table that blows Android Wear away.

If they release something that's merely "okay" rather than category-defining, we'll have a good 12-18 months of "Apple is doomed" stories from the media.
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I don't think I have ever purchased the first iteration of a new hardware device.
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Thus far, rumors have pointed to Fall 2014 as the potential launch date of Apple's rumored iWatch, with some analysts predicting September as the likely launch window for the device and others reporting mass production would begin in July. KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo had predicted that the iWatch would enter mass production in late September, but is now revising his production to late November instead, due to the difficulties of the project.
Surely this should be 'prediction', eh?

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If Steve Jobs were alive and healthy, we'd probably see it released in 2014... and iPhones would launch in June.
Yeah, and we wouldn't have so many comments from people who assert that they can predict alternate futures.
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