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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:13 PM   #1
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Apple's iWatch May Not Launch Until 2015




Apple may be planning to delay the launch of its iWatch until 2015, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Echoing several past reports that have also alluded to a 2015 launch date, Kuo suggests that difficulty manufacturing the device will lead to its postponement.
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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.
In a July report, Kuo predicted mass production on the iWatch would begin in November, with a launch coming in 2015. Kuo has suggested that the iWatch's small form factor, its use of a flexible AMOLED screen, and its sapphire display cover have all contributed to production difficulties.

iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike Fuelband

Kuo's language in the report, which suggests the launch of the iWatch "could" be postponed, indicates that he is somewhat uncertain about the target ship date for the device. Though Kuo has a solid track record when it comes to Apple rumors, he has provided inaccurate guesses at times.

While it may seem like a 2015 launch date contradicts rumors that have pointed towards an October debut for the device, it is entirely possible that Apple will introduce the iWatch months before it is available to ship to customers. Historically, Apple has introduced some products in new categories ahead of their ship date.

The Mac Pro, for example, was introduced at WWDC in June before sales began in December. Steve Jobs also unveiled the original iPhone six months before it launched, and the iPad was shown at an Apple event more than two months ahead of its sale date.

Rumors have suggested the iWatch will contain a multitude of health and fitness sensors, measuring metrics like calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood oxygen levels, and more. It's said to integrate deeply with iOS 8's Health app and it may come in multiple sizes and at multiple price points.

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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:14 PM   #2
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Yay, delay once again
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:14 PM   #3
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I will let the Sept 9th event decide if I should care about this - very unsure what the iWatch will bring us.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:14 PM   #4
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Makes sense considering we haven't seen any leaks whatsoever...
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:14 PM   #5
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More analysts covering their asses for reporting with confidence that a product without any direct evidence ever actually existed.

See also: Apple TV set.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:15 PM   #6
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That October event is looking pretty sparse!
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:15 PM   #7
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'according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.'

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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:16 PM   #8
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Great. Now here comes all the "Apple has lost its mojo" in the media.

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'according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.'

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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:16 PM   #9
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Makes sense considering we haven't seen any leaks whatsoever...
It's a lot easier to keep a brand new product from leaking than it is an existing product. New products are usually announced a few months ahead of time before heading to production. See: Mac Pro.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:16 PM   #10
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All this is just annoying me anymore. Analysts don't know anything. Period.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:16 PM   #11
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Wow! This iWatch is becoming the new "Duke Nuke'm Forever".
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:18 PM   #12
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:18 PM   #13
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Looking forward eagerly to its release... Kinda wanting it badly now!
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:19 PM   #14
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2014: The year everything got pushed to 2015
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:19 PM   #15
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Ming-Chi Kuo is going to be correct one way or another if he keeps up with comments like this. It's hard not to be when you've said it's going to launch sometime between 1867 and 2245.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:19 PM   #16
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Wow! This iWatch is becoming the new "Duke Nuke'm Forever".
Don't you mean the Powerbook G5? Or for the youngsters amongst us, the Apple TV set?
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:20 PM   #17
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I don't think they will actually fly off the shelves anyways. The techies will need them to show off with though.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:20 PM   #18
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If true, I can live with this.

With the iPhone 6, the iPad Air "2", a new iPad mini the GF wants, my wallet is looking mighty skinny this Fall.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:21 PM   #19
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You cannot delay something that hasn't been announced yet.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:21 PM   #20
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2014: The year everything got pushed to 2015
My thought exactly.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:22 PM   #21
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this new product pipeline is so big, it is going to be pushed to next year
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:23 PM   #22
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I will let the Sept 9th event decide if I should care about this - very unsure what the iWatch will bring us.
Are you suggesting the iWatch will make a possible appearance at an iPhone event? Cuz it won't.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:23 PM   #23
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Rumor hell ...
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:23 PM   #24
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Well, I guess it'll be a few more months before I can take this off:


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Old Aug 19, 2014, 01:25 PM   #25
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Oh no!

A guy with zero credibility and relation to Apple said that a piece of hardware (read: vaporware) that has yet to be proven to exist or be in planning may not come out until a point in time greater than some other arbitrary and undefined point in time!!!
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