Analyst 'Channel Checks' Suggest iWatch Coming in 2014, Pricing Guessed at $199

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    According to analyst Wanli Wang at CIMB Securities, as shared by The Economic Times, Taiwan based electronics manufacturers Inventec and Quanta have won contracts to produce Apple's iWatch. Wang's supply chain sources indicate that Inventec will produce the majority of the iWatch at 60%, while Quanta will handle the remaining portion of production. The report also claims that the iWatch will sell for an average of $199 and projects shipments of 63.4 million units in the year after its launch.
    Supply chain sources do on occasion offer accurate information on Apple's plans, but they are also prone to sharing incorrect or incomplete information, so their reliability is difficult to ascertain.

    CIMB's pricing and unit shipments also appear to be based more on speculation and modeling than any specific information, suggesting that they should be taken with considerable skepticism.

    In the past couple of months, Apple has been reportedly been ramping up its iWatch effort, hiring new employees with expertise in health sensors, including fitness expert and Nike product consultant Jay Blahnik. Apple has also been filing trademark applications on the iWatch name in a number of countries, and is reportedly looking toward a late 2014 launch for the product as it works to solve numerous technical challenges.

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    iWatch - you know you don't know yet that you need to have it!
     
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    It would be great if it came before samsungs. It's really sad that Apple is coming second these days.
     
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    Calm down, everybody else, I'll do the necessary typing work. Here we go: Apple also was second or later with mp3 players, smartphones and tablets ... And you see how this worked out.
     
  5. mbh
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    These analysts can't even predict sales of existing products with any accuracy. Now they're predicting sales of products that don't exist yet?

    AAPL downgraded to sell today because predicted sales of non-existent products fell short of previous predictions.
     
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    I'm currently using the Pebble and will gladly upgrade to the iWatch. :)
     
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    Will sell like crazy at that price :)
     
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    Analyst 'Channel Checks'. Made me think of something...

    Can you imagine a cable television channel called "The Analyst Channel"? The place to go for self-interested speculation and wrong information :D
     
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    Can't wait to see what they do. 2014 looks like it's going to be an exciting year with the iWatch, iPhone 6, 13" iPad, possible iTV, etc.
     
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    They were second with smartphone and maybe a poorly made tablet had come out but they were the first to properly to develop a touch screen device capable of being a baseline for a other products. Here's the issue: everyone else has caught up, samsung and google are a great team and they can actually blow Apple away. The trick in tech is shock factor and if samsungs comes first and is "virtually" the same as iwatch the shock is gone.
     
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    Samsung was in the smart phone segment for 6 years before Apple decided to get in the game.

    Being first isn't everything.
     
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    Oh, iWatch Rumor. We meet again.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    In other breaking news...analyst predict Apple is developing a tv which will be released once it's ready.
     
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    just a bone

    this is a planted rumour to samsung keep concentrating on copying the wrong tech.
     
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    I don't think it will start at $199. Anything more than $99 for entry and it won't sell.
     
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    Yeh, right. Like the Apple 40" or was it 50" or maybe 45" television which was supposed to be out last year or was it this year. These guys don't have a clue.:rolleyes:
     
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    $200 for a watch? are you serious? but, why am i expecting low prices from apple, my mistake:rolleyes:
     
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    1st gen Apple products usually do well, but they're often missing important components. My bet is that the 2nd gen iWatch will add a front-facing camera.

    It would have to be a beautiful watch to compete with Rolex/Piaget/Omega/Citizen and numerous others. On the other hand, this could be the first major development since wind-up watches went digital, and the general popularion would eat it up. The difference between a Rolex and iWatch is simple: iWatch will lose resale value everyday one owns it; Rolex is an investment purchase.
     
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    The sad thing is, we already know all this.
     
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    Samsung's watch will be nothing like Apple's watch. Apple will undoubtedly have a completely different form factor and way to use it than current smartwatches out there. Same as Apple did with the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Those weren't first either, but changed the game.

    Why does anyone think Apple is EVER first to market with ANYTHING? They're always trailing behind, but they're FIRST to understand what people actually want.

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    You DO understand that Android smart watches out right now cost more than $200?

    $235 for this one, the Z1. It's got to be the worst interface imaginable. Simply take the existing Android OS and make it smaller? That is NOT the way Apple would go, which is why this watch will fail. But, but, it's got all the bells and whistles, right, Android fans?

    Z1 2.0 inch Android 2.2 Smart Watch Phone with Bluetooth,GPS,e-book,MP3,MP4,MMS,Camera,Compass

    http://www.handgiftbox.com/Z1-2.0-inch-Android-2.2-Smart-Watch-Phone-with-Bluetooth-GPS-e-book-MP3-MP4-MMS-Camera-Compass_p11233.html?gclid=CJ7r5vDIoLkCFQya4AodYQsAOw
     
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    While it is true that "the early bird gets the worm", I would like to point out that it is "the 2nd mouse who gets the cheese"...
     
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    What are they waiting for then?

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    That watch looks horrible indeed. Are we sure it's a real thing? I mean, someone actually thought that having an interface with minuscule details would work? I imagine all the people queuing up so that they can finally read A game of Thrones on their android watch! lol
     
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    I'm looking forward to seeing Apple's unique take on the smart watch.
     
  24. macrumors 6502a

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    You are correct, but you know - there's always this one guy who screams: "APPLE DIDN'T INVENT THE SMARTPHONE, THERE WERE TOUCHSCREENS BEFORE!!!!!!!!1111!!!!ELEVEN!!!!!" ... :)
     
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    and let's not mention what the early worm gets...
     

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